Valentines chocolate cupcakes


Here I am again with more cupcakes,although I love baking anything and everything...it seems I have a particular weakness for cupcakes!
Baking them that is...not eating them! I leave that part to my trusty tasters.

This is another recipe that can be adapted with decoration to suit any event.

Valentines chocolate cupcakes

I think they look perfect for valentines day topped with a strawberry slice and a choccy love heart.
They're also a chocoholics dream!

I used the same recipe that Ive used many times before from Hummingbird.
This will make 12-16 cupcakes.

Cupcakes
200g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
280g caster sugar
1tbsp baking powder
pinch of salt
80g softened unsalted butter
240ml whole milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate ganache
300g chopped dark chocolate
300ml double cream

Plus 12-16 chocolate love hearts and slices of fresh strawberry. 
Or your own choice of decoration.

Preheat your oven to 180 or gas Mark 4
    Sift the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl along with the butter and beat together until it becomes a crumble like consistency.
    In a jug beat the milk, egg and vanilla extract together.
    Slowly begin to add the milk mixture to the flour mixture gently mixing as you go until combined
   Divide into cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer or toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
    Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glossy ganache frosting.
Break the dark chocolate into pieces in a bowl and set aside for a minute.
Gently heat the double cream in a saucepan and when its hot (not boiling,as it may split),pour it over the chocolate pieces.
As the cream melts the chocolate give it a gentle stir then set aside to cool,it will thicken up into a lovely thick and pipe-able consistency.
You can whip it up fluffy if you like at this stage but I mostly find I don't  have to and it pipes beautifully.


chocolate cupcakes

Finish with your choice of decoration and that's it!
I was going to add a sprinkle of edible glitter but decided they didn't need it.

Valentines chocolate cupcakes

I highly recommend serving with a little fresh cream,along with the chocolate and strawberry its a heavenly combination trust me!

Valentines chocolate cupcakes

I'm entering these cupcakes into Calendar cakes...as hosted this month by Dolly Bakes and Laura Loves Cakes
Pop over and check out the talent!

8 comments:

  1. Those are so pretty, any sweetheart would be delighted with those. What beautiful cases too! x

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  2. These are gorgeous and look seriously yum! i love cupcakes 2...my blog is called my cupcake habit because of it :)
    http://mycupcakehabit.blogspot.co.uk/

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    Gabriele

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    1. Thank you very much,ill definitely pop by and take a look! :)

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  4. How great do these look...so decadent and perfect for Valentines! I love the look of your glossy ganache and the strawberry and heart chocolate are the perfect finishing touches...lovely! Thanks for entering these into Calendar Cakes :-)

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  5. These look so tempting and decadent...perfect for Valentines! Your ganache looks really glossy and I bet it tastes so good...the strawberry and chocolate heart are also the perfect finishing touches!! Thanks for entering these into Calendar Cakes :-)

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    1. That's so nice of you Laura...and thank you for having me!x

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