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Friday Food: Choc-centre Cupcakes

Choc centre cupcakeFriday Food on Sunday again. A puppy is a big responsibility and as well as a huge distraction, and Hedy makes Gilly and me tired: so much playing to be done! 

This week I baked Choc-centre Cupcakes from the April Taste magazine. On the whole, these were very easy as you put all of the cupcake ingredients into the food processor for 30 seconds and the batter is done. The recipe says to cut a cone from the cupcake after it is baked and then put the Lindor chocolate ball in, and cover with the trimmed cake cone. I was disappointed with the quality of the Salted Caramel Lindor balls. They came straight home from the supermarket in less than ten minutes, but they seem to have been affected by the heat at some time prior to that. They were not soft and runny inside and the chocolate casing was discoloured and wrinkled from the foil wrapper. There were 13 in the box so I cut one open to check. I decided to put the chocolate balls in before the cupcakes baked and I was very happy with the result.

Lindor

The frosting took forever to beat with the mix-master. More than 15 minutes and I used light, rather then dark, brown sugar. I still don't think it looks as pale as the photo in the magazine. I decided not to frost all the cupcakes, because with a little judicious microwaving (10-20 seconds) I think MrsDrWho can recreate the "just baked" oozing chocolate centre at any time.

I will make these again, with maybe a Raffaello, a Ferrero Rocher, or even a mini Cadbury Creme Egg, inside. They're very versatile and easy, but look marvellous.

 

Choc-centre Cupcakes        makes 12

  • 120g almond meal
  • 75g (1/2 cup) plain flour
  • 50g (1/2 cup) cocoa - I used Dutch processed
  • 2 tspn baking powder
  • 140g (1/2 cup) Nutella
  • 80g butter, melted
  • 2 tspn vanillla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) maple, or golden, syrup
  • 12 Lindor Salted Caramel Balls
  • 50g dark chocolate, melted, for drizzling over frosting

For the Frosting

  • 125g (1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 155g (3/4 cup) dark brown sugar, I used light brown

 

Preheat the oven to 180*C or 160*C fan-forced, and line a muffin tray with paper cases.

Blending

Combine the almond meal, flour, cocoa, baking powder, Nutella, butter, vanilla, eggs, buttermilk and maple/golden syrup in the food processor. Blend for 10-15 seconds, scrape down the sides of the bowl and then blend for a further 10-15 seconds.

I put two tablespoons of the mixture, that's 2 x 20ml spoons, into the cupcake paper and then pressed in the Lindor ball. I had enough batter left for another teaspoonful to go on top. If I had been more careful, I could have avoided the holes in the top by covering the Lindor balls evenly.

Fill and bake

Bake for 20 minutes and these were right on the mark. I turned my tray at 10 minutes, and they were perfectly baked in the time allowed. I was too impatient, but they should be completely cooled in the pan.

Frosting

Meanwhile, make the frosting by beating the butter and brown sugar for at least 10-15 minutes. It will eventually go paler and creamy.

I spread the frosting on with a knife and drizzled over some of the melted dark chocolate, but I think these would be best served warm, so the centre is runny, and maybe with a dollop of cream or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

Happy Easter!!

Choc centre cupcakes

Comments

barb brownlee

oh, I am going to make these- they look delicious (and I'm not really a fan of chocolate) rather like something I had many years ago and remember as being a wonderful treat- sometimes reading a recipe can bring back a 'taste memory'!

the first few months of puppyhood are really exhausting aren't they? it's good that puppies are so absolutely sweet and adorable, because there's no other way we would be able to enjoy/tolerate the frantic activity level and acts of naughtiness- I'm sure that soon Hedy will have YOU trained to HER schedule though, and by winter's end (there) things will have calmed down a bit- poor Gilly ... she is probably finding this 'baby sister' has upset her routine considerably, but I'm sure she is enjoying having a companion again-

here's hoping the Easter weekend brings you lovely weather and the opportunity to enjoy being outdoors- we seem to be experiencing some springtime temps and dry days-

all good wishes for a 'hoppy' Easter and good health-
barb in texas

mrspao

Ooh they look lovely. I bought some cheap oreo easter eggs yesterday which would be nice in those.... :)

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