Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chocolote Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes are a standard type of cupcake enjoyed by boys and girls of any age the world over. Cupcakes are a great first baking experience for children to try, and this recipe is ideal because the kids can lick the bowl after. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.

  • 5 oz / 150g butter, softened
  • 5 oz / 175g self-raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence
  • 2oz /50g chocolate chips

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Prepare the cake pan or tray by adding 12 cup cake papers.

  • In a cup, break the eggs carefully, removing any shell that falls in. Using a fork, beat lightly.

  • Pour all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips into a large bowl. Add the beaten eggs.

  • Mix using an electric mixer. Mix for 2 minutes. Once the mixture appears light and fluffy, it is ready to transfer to the cake cases.

  • Use a spoon or spatula to transfer the chocolate cake mixture to each cake case. Try to distribute it evenly.

  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips into each individual patty. Gently fold through each cupcake.

  • Place in the oven. Bake for 18–20 minutes. The cupcakes are ready when they have risen and are firm to the touch.

  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes. Transfer the cakes to a wire cooling rack and leave until fully cooled. Ice once cool.

  • Suitable icing includes chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, orange, etc.
  • Store in an airtight container away from heat.