So today hurricane Gonzalo came to batter our North West coasts and he was not kind. The littlest and I got drenched twice on the school run with her big sister escaping with just the one soaking - that hardly seems fair when she was the reason we had to venture out in such dreadful conditions! But the bonus of getting soaked through to the skin and blown half way to the moon is that when you at last get home to a nice warm house you can put the kettle on and feast on luxury hot chocolates. Unfortunately my children are a little bit weird in that they haven't fully embraced the delights of hot chocolate yet! So in an effort to still enjoy this treat together we have had to come up with an alternate plan and so we have Hot Chocolate Cupcakes! When baked in a cake hot chocolate is apparently acceptable (even edible before actually baking judging by the cleanliness of the mixing bowl) The children are also not averse to a bit of squirty cream and of course all the other decorative trimmings are a no brainer. So once they are ready and cooled down enough I let them have their own way with the decorating. Always a tense time for a control freak like me so I keep a few back to
eat perfect myself later. Still they have a lot of fun although who taught them to squirt squirty cream straight into their mouths is a complete mystery to me...
120g self raising flour
120g caster sugar
40g softened butter
4 tsp hot chocolate powder
120ml warmed milk
Mini Marshmallows and/or whatever else makes your perfect hot chocolate topping!
Make up a small mug of hot chocolate with the milk and hot chocolate powder
Cream the butter and sugar together and then add the flour and whisked egg mixing well
Finally add the hot chocolate mix and combine to make a smooth batter
Distribute into approx 10 cupcake cases and bake in the centre of the oven on 180 oC for 20-25 mins
Once cool let the small people loose with the squirty cream plus added extras and enjoy!