Sunday, 15 May 2011

Decorated Chocolate Cupcakes (traditional)




Ingredients for the Recipe: (enough for 24 small cups or 12 large like muffins)

Cake:
200grs  decent margarine for baking (or 50% -50% margarine / butter)
200grs caster sugar
200grs self raising flour
4 eggs
1 tea spoon of vanilla essence
2tbsp of lemon syrup (I made this, with lemon zest, water and sugar boiling for awhile)
2 e 1/2 tbsp of good cocoa




Topping:
75grs butter
125grs icing sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 teaspoon of almond essence
2 tbsp fresh single cream
decorative sprinkles etc to your own taste




Preparation: (Cakes)
Place in a bowl the margarine (soft) with the sugar, and with a electric whisk blend them together for a few minutes until it goes creamy and whitish, at this stage add the vanilla and the lemon syrup (alternatively you can add two tbsp of lemon juice and the zest of one lemon) keep whisking adding one egg at time and letting each one incorporate until adding the next, repeat process until all eggs are in.

Now the flour (premixed with the cocoa), add this one in four parts folding it into the mixture gently with a spatula, once is all mixed in should look like a nice chocolate mousse.

Use a tbsp full of mixture for each paper cup (small) or two tbsp (for large), once all paper cups are filled place them in metallic cupcake shapes, and place it in the oven at 180celcius for 15 minutes (small) 20 minutes (large). once cooked remove them from the oven and place them on a cooling rack letting them cool completely before decorating.



Topping: (butter-cream)

Place the butter in a small bowl and add half of the icing sugar, whisk it with the electric wisk for a couple of minutes then add the rest of the sugar, continuing to whisk until is just lumpy. Then add the essences and the 2 tbsp of fresh cream continuing with the whisking until is a nice and thick frosting.

(optionally add food colouring and sprinkles of your liking to the frosting "in my case I used red colouring for some frosting and none on remaining, also used chocolate and multicoloured sprinkles" being optionla is not listed in the ingredients) . then just decorate and eat.



PS 
any questions please ask. 
These were my first ever cupcakes, a trial as I intend to star selling this soon at markets.

11 comments:

The Duo Dishes said...

The lemon syrup in the cupcakes is really interesting. We like to use citrus zest a lot in our baked goods, so it makes total sense.

Pegasuslegend said...

I love citrus, these are gorgeous cupcakes nice job!

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Some of the cupcakes look like they have a chocolate frosting but you recipe does not mention chocolate or cocoa for the frosting.

Rico said...

Thank you so much Duo Dishes and Pegasuslegend, me too I just love the taste of fresh zest and combined with almond is lovely..thanks for your comments and visit. xxxx

Rico said...

Well spotted Chocolate Priestess, however is not chocolate frosting is just sprinkles decorations, on the orange frosting (i used red coloring, and chocolate sprinkles) on the flower ones (I used no coloring, and multicolored sprinkles)...hope that clarifies it...sorry for not clearly pointing that out. Happy cooking... Thanks for the comment and visit. xxx

briarrose said...

Lovely. Chocolate and lemon is such a wonderful combination of flavors.

Rico said...

You ever so kind BriarRose, thanks for the visit and comment. xxx

The Culinary Lens said...

Once you get that basic Cupcake down the possibilities are endless.

Rico said...

I agree fully Culinary Lens, this is just a beginning... hehehehe!! many more to come. of course I have made many cakes before, including small sized cakes like the cupcake, but these were my first time and it was fun. thanks for visit and comment. kisses xxxx

Natasha said...

Yes, a great cupcake recipe is a good tool to have! These look great!

Rico said...

Thank you so much Natasha, your comment is really appreciated. kisses xxxx :)

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