Baking | Milk Chocolate Cupcakes

Thursday, 20 February 2014
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I haven't written a baking or recipe post in what feels like aaaaages.  In fact I haven't done any baking at all since I think maybe the summer?  Poor show indeed.  Anyway this weekend I was having major cake cravings and had a search through my recipe books to find something to bake, settling on milk chocolate cupcakes from my Baked in America book that Jemma got me for my birthday last year.  

This was a fairly basic cupcake recipe (with added chocolate), which I finished off with butter icing.    To be honest I couldn't really taste much of the chocolate so it's maybe worth increasing the chocolate if you want proper chocolately cakes (or ice with a choc fudge glaze?).  One major thing to point out before you read the rest of this post is that the book claimed the recipe would make 12 cupcakes, when in fact I ended up with 24 cupcakes and one regular sized cake.  That's like, a crazily big difference!  So if you want to follow the recipe I'd suggest either cutting it in half, or just bear in mind that you're going to end up with a hell of a lot of cake.

Ingredients
380g plain flour
1tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
240ml evaporated milk or single cream
120ml cold water
1.5 tsps vanilla extract
175g unsalted butter, softened
340g granulated sugar
3 large eggs
175g milk chocolate, melted and cooled

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a tray with cupcake cases
2. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl using a hand whisk (or a fork) and set aside
3. Combine the evaporated milk, water and vanilla in a measuring jug and set aside
4. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer (this may take a while….)
5. Reduce the speed of the mixer and add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
6. Add the melted chocolate and stir until evenly combined
7. Alternately add in the flour and milk mixtures, mixing well until combined
8. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for around 20-25 mins
9. Once ready set aside until cool before you ice with whatever you fancy (I went for vanilla buttercream icing and sprinkles)

Like I said above, I ended up with 24 cupcakes and one normal sized cake - I ended up taking all of the cupcakes into work (they disappeared quickly!) and kept the cake for me and B (which I topped with a dusting of cocoa).

How cute is my cake stand by the way?  My sisters' boyfriend got me a Joules baking set for Christmas which contained the stand and some really cute cupcake cases - I'm sure they'd make even the ugliest cakes look pretty!

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2 comments:

  1. Oh wow, these look really good Lynne. If these made it to my office, they wouldnt last till lunch time.

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  2. I've been craving cake all day and seeing this really hasn't helped! I know what I'm doing in the morning!
    Kloe xxx
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