Chocolate cupcakes with buttercream - recipe

Chocolate cupcakes with buttercream

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  1. 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C (fan 160˚C, gas mark 4). Lay out 12 cupcake cases in a muffin tray.

  2. 2

    Beat the eggs in a small bowl. Mix the butter, sugar, flour and cocoa powder in a bowl, adding the beaten eggs slowly. Using a large spoon place the mixture into the cupcake cases.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 3 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 150g Butter (unsalted)
    • 150g Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 175g Self-raising white flour
    • 25g Cocoa powder
  3. 3

    Bake for 15–20 minutes. If firm to the touch, remove from the oven and leave to cool.

  4. 4

    For the buttercream, place the butter into a bowl and stir in icing sugar a little at a time. Add the vanilla extract and beat until fluffy.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 250g Butter (unsalted)
    • 500g Icing sugar
    • ½tsp Vanilla extract
  5. 5

    Put the mixture into a piping bag and pipe plenty onto each cupcake. To finish, cover with chocolate chips or sprinkles.

    For this step you'll need:

    • Milk chocolate chips

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