Mary Berry’s Chocolate Cupcakes

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I adore Mary Berry, the absolute Queen of Baking here in the UK. A beautiful person, so extremely talented and has dedicated her career to help us perfect our home baking. I just know that when I use a “Mary Berry Recipe” I will have fantastic results everytime.

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Here is one of our favourites…I put the chocolate icing onto the cakes whilst they were still warm and this way it melted into a rich chocolate sauce with an ultimate moist cake centre…ummm chocolate heaven!

Enjoy friends…Have a wonderful day! Much love, D x

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE RECIPE
@ http://www.bakingmad.com/mary-berry-chocolate-cupcake-recipe/

INGREDIENTS

CHOCOLATE CAKE
4 tbsp water boiling
40g cocoa powder
3 eggs
175g butter (unsalted) softened
165g caster sugar 
115g self-raising white flour
1 tsp baking powder 

CHOCOLATE ICING
60g butter (unsalted)
30g cocoa powder
3 tbsp milk
250g icing sugar 

METHOD

1. Line two 12-hole muffin tins with paper cases. Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl, pour in the boiling water and mix into a thick paste. Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix with an electric hand whisk (or beat with a wooden spoon)

2. Divide the mixture equally between the 24 paper cases. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for about 10 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. Cool in the cases on a wire

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3. To make the chocolate icing melt the butter and pour it into a bowl. Sift in the cocoa powder and stir in the icing sugar a little at a time to make a glossy and spreadable. If the icing is too thick, gradually add the milk until it reaches the desired consistency. Using a palette knife spread the icing over the cakes and leave to set before serving

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Fresh Raspberry Fairy Cakes

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Fairy cakes? I haven’t made or seen them in ages! Everything recently has been about the cupcake and its buttercream icing. I wanted to relive my childhood and bring fairycakes back!

The rustling of the smaller cases as you try and take them apart to set in the muffin tray. That used to be my job with my Mum, when she baked. Now my little one has taken over the tradition. Though he is a bit more vocal than me at the age of three. Especially as he loves baking and cooking. He sat on the kitchen work top and was telling me I had to measure out 100g of sugar and flour! Seriously it’s my recipe that I’m just putting together and how did he figure out the measurements?!

He then helped put the raspberries in each case and I dolloped over the sweet batter before baking. The result was a soft sponge fairy cake with fresh raspberries that had turned gooey and had melted to form a lovely tart sensation at the bottom of the cake

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I have a few left, so I’m about to make myself a cup of masala chai and sit down for my fairycake!
Have a fruitful day! Much love and light, D x

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INGREDIENTS

100g softened butter/low fat butter spread
100g granulated sugar
2 free range eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g self raising flour
2 tbsp milk
36 raspberries
Melted chocolate to drizzle

METHOD

• Preheat the oven at 180°c/350°f, line a 12 hole muffin pan with fairy cake paper cases

• Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl or food processor. Add the eggs and beat well.

• Stir in the vanilla extract and milk, fold in the flour. The batter should be drop like in consistency

• Put 3 raspberries in each cake case and then fill each case up with batter

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• Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown or when poked a skewer comes out clean

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• Cool the cakes in the muffin pan and then drizzle over with a little melted chocolate

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