Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Miette Double Chocolate Cupcakes

What's a chocolate sponge without real chocolate? That devil’s food cake boil-the-water stuff just isn't enough for me! I need (let’s be honest - (but only in cowardly brackets) want) the real deal, organic/fairtrade/100% cacoa that derives from cocoa beans sourced from bohemian, tropical dessert islands… who am I kidding? A whole cup of the cocoa I used for these cupcakes came from Hershey’s cocoa that was on special offer at ASDA. But in this cakey instance, it mattered not because the great thing about this recipe is that it uses a near similar amount of flour and cocoa, so it was always going to taste of something that could be likened to chocolate. Also, have you ever noticed that most chocolate cake recipes only call for about half a cup of cocoa? Miette chucks in plenty of the chocolate stuff, which raised the recipe potential quite significantly and TRUST me, Miette really takes chocolate cake to another level with this recipe. It was so dense and there was no spongy after taste, just sweet and strong scents of sexy chocolate coming through from each and every bite. What more could you want?

Miette Double Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 18 double chocolate cupcakes (buttercream in the recipe)
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 and a quarter cups caster sugar
56g 70% chocolate
1 cup boiling water
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
 Miette Double Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Line two cupcake trays and  preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Put the chocolate in a heatproof measuring jug and pour the boiling water over it. Whisk until the chocolate is melted. Let the mixture cool for 15 minutes.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate jug, whisk together the buttermilk and vanilla. Set aside.
  • Whisk the eggs on high speed until foamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and slowly pour in the oil, whisking until combined. Raise the speed to medium and whisk until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds longer.
  • Reduce the speed and slowly pour the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Slowly pour in the buttermilk and vanilla mixture. 
  • Add the sugar and whisk until the batter is smooth and liquid, about 2 minutes.
  • Stop the mixer. Remove the bowl and add the sifted dry ingredients and fold it in by hand until just incorporated. Now whiz the mix with the whisk attachment for ten seconds. 
  • Pour the batter through a sieve into a bowl to remove any lumps. Press against the solids in the sieve with a spatula to push through as much batter as possible.
  • With an ice cream scoop, plop the batter exactly two thirds into the liners - no more than that ( i made this mistake). 
  • Bake until the tops spring back, 23 minutes.
  • Transfer to wire racks and let cool in the pans. 
  • Meanwhile, make the frosting by whipping the butter (100g) and cream cheese(200g) together till combined. 
  • Slowly add the icing sugar (500g), then the lemon juice(1tsp). Beat for 2 minutes till pale in colour.
  • Pipe with your favourite nozzle!
Last but not least, if you're not able to attend the Cake & Bake Show this weekend at Earls Court, be sure to watch this space next week to see exactly what went down at the event, I'm so excited!
Love Em xx

15 comments:

  1. Nothing beats a chocolate cupcake and yours looks lovely x

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  2. These look delicious! Must give this recipe a try very soon! Did you ever get the tulumba recipe from your auntie? (yes I haven't forgot lol)

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  3. These look super tasty! Your blog is perfect and have bookmarked it as I need a few cupcake recipes for an upcoming picnic. Your blog is super helpful and I have followed your blog (on Bloglovin), do you have GFC? I would love to follow you there as well :) x

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  4. @asma I'm still searching for the recipe, dont worry it'll be here soon! im keen to try it. might go to my local turkish food centre and ask!

    @missiffa - thank you so much! I have GFC, its on the right hand side :) i've followed you also! this is a must try recipe, its so much better than ordinary coco-powder-only recipes! x

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  5. @emine - thank you and glad you haven't forgot about it : )

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  6. I'm totally going to the cake and bake show :) so excited! x

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  7. same! just a heads up, the district line is closed on sunday...AND no other tube goes to earls court! what the eff x

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  8. ahh dear, might have to be a bus then :\ thanks for letting me know though! x

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    1. They're doing replacement bus services, my sister refuses tho so we're driving lol. Are you excited? My bank balance is! X

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  9. Great cupcakes and nice directions! Look so delicious! You did a really great job!

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  10. How much sugar do we add? It's not in the ingredient list.

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  11. Sorry about that! It's 2 and a querter cups of sugar x

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