Monday, 13 September 2010

National Cupcake Week


Today is the start of  National Cupcake Week which is running from 13th - 19th September. What better way to celebrate than with some delicious cupcakes. I've been thinking of this Cupcake conncoction for a while now but kept eating all the Oreos! We actually made these yesterday when my 6 year old niece was staying over, she loved decorating her own and showed great creative flair:



It was also the first time Baby V attempted to help mummy bake - she wants to do whatever her worshipped cousin does - and she followed really well in her mummys footsteps, by attempting to eat all the Oreos too!



Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
40g unsalted butter
120ml whole milk
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
50g good quality dark chocolate broken into small chunks

Frosting:

250g icing sugar
80g unsalted butter
25ml whole milk
couple drops vanilla extract

Mini Oreo cookies, some crumbled to decorate

Add flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and butter to food mixer and combine on slow speed.
In separate bowl whisk together egg, milk and vanilla extract.
Add gradually to the base mix on slow/medium speed.
Once all combined mix on high speed for a couple of minutes but be careful not to overmix.
Fold in chocolate chunks.

Spoon into cake cases and bake in preheated oven at 170 for 20-25 mins

Meanwhile prepare the frosting. Combine the butter and icing sugar on a slow speed. Gradually add the milk and vanilla extract. Once all incorporated mix on  a high speed for at least 5 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.

Once cooled, use a knife to shape the frosting onto the cupcakes and decorate with mini Oreos.

Yum, Yum, Yum - Enjoy!


Sponge and frosting recipe taken from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and adapted by me.





Happy National Cupcake Week!

Let me know if there are any fabulous Cupcake recipes you have to share that we should be baking this week...

6 comments:

  1. Oreo's are the only biscuits my son will eat so I will have to make him some of these. Lovely photo's, sure that's all that is left of the cakes :-)!

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  2. *sigh* cookies and cream cupcakes!! I am going to try to make some of my own invention cupcakes hopefully today (but prob tomorrow morning)!!

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  3. Alethea Hill - ooo, he will love them! Yes a few minutes after the photos were taken my sister arrived with my nephew to pick up his sister and he quickly set to tasting her baking skills! x

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  4. Nic's Notebook - Sounds good, will look forward to hearing what you come up with! x

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  5. Oooh now they look utterly delicious! Mmmm please pass me one NOW!!

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  6. Good job this is the virtual world as there may just be one left for you *passes cupcake* in the real world you would not be so lucky! ;)

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