Recipe of the week – Easy chocolate cupcakes

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 I have adapted this recipe, it’s actually a cake recipe, but can be used for cupcakes or for a normal layered chocolate cake. We made Big Girl’s birthday cake for her party this week, using this recipe, but unfortunately  the cake was apparently so good, and so popular, she didn’t actually get a taste, and was a wee bit tearful about this, so we decided to make some more cakes, and she voted for cupcakes so she and Small Boy could decorate them. This recipe makes about 24 cupcakes or enough for a normal sponge cake, if you prefer that way.

You will need:

  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 350g/12½oz caster sugar
  • 85g/3oz cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml/9fl oz milk 
  • 125ml/4½fl oz oil ( I used coconut oil, but you can use vegetable, or butter, or dairy free spread)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or coffee (I prefer coffee, I just use a few dribbles from any left over coffee we have made, or a bit of instant in water is fine too, I find coffee brings out the flavour better, of any chocolate cake)
  • 250ml/9fl oz boiling water

Combine all the ingredients, except the water, and beat well. I then add the water, and to be honest, I sometimes don’t use it all, I tend to go on “sight” as to if the cake mixture is the right consistency, but I will leave that one to your choice and baking skills. I probably only used about 200ml this time round. Make sure it is smooth, no lumps and well mixed.

Pour into cupcake cases (or your greased, lined cake tins) and bake in a pre-heated oven (180) for 15 minutes for the cupcakes, or 25 minutes for the cake) test the cakes with a skewer, which should come out clean, to make sure they are fully baked.

Ice, decorate, and enjoy! Small Boy and Big Girl had fun helping me mix, stir, and I let them decorate their own cakes, for desert, after supper tonight! (We used a basic butter cream  icing recipe)

  • 140g/5oz butter, softened
  • 280g/10oz icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • Vanilla extract, a few drops, and you can add food colouring if you desire

Beat all ingredients together until they are light and fluffy and then liberally apply to your cakes!

Some photos of the cake making exploits. They aren’t the best quality, taken from my phone. Sorry about that!

Making sure the cake batter is well beaten and lump free, big sister supervising Small Boy…

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Cakes ready to go in the oven…

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Decorating the cakes, I just gave them some bowls of sprinkles and let them go mad. LSH grumbled a bit when he had to sweep up the resulting mess, but the cakes tasted nice! ;)

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