Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes – Willey’s Weekly Bake 66

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Third intalment in #Willeyschristmasbakes and the other poll option from Instagram is Candy cane chocolate cupcakes- peppermint butter cream with rich mint chocolate cupcake. These are a nice and quick bake using the creaming method to get a good rise and consistency for the cake batter. These cakes were perfect for an evening bake as I managed to fit the bake in after work.

Ingredients 

  • 175g Salted Butter
  • 165g Caster Sugar
  • 115g Self Rasing flour
  • 2 tsps of Peppermint extract
  • 40g of Cocoa Powder
  • 70g Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp baking Powder
  • 3 tbsp of Milk

Butter Icing 

  • 200g Butter
  • 300g Icing sugar
  • 1tsp of Peppermint extract

Method 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Weigh out and cream together the butter and sugar until light a fluffy.95B4D0F6-60A3-41C1-B014-6790920D27CF
  3. Add the egg and peppermint extract and beat together it may separate or curdle but this can be stopped by adding a little flour.6B68E925-83F6-4012-BC00-00D3B115A826
  4. Melt the dark chocolate and add to the cake batter.
  5. Add the rest of the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and milk beat together until smooth.
  6. Spoon the mix into the cupcake cases so that it fills 3/4 of the case it should fill about 14 cases.D6E58A52-1D81-43FE-B88B-C82F7004F684
  7. Bake the cupcakes for about 15 minutes until firm to touch.422A4538-CAC9-4101-897E-B61117500010
  8. Remove from tin and allow to cool completely.
  9. Meanwhile make the butter cream by beating the butter until smooth, then add the icing sugar and until no lumps remain.
  10. Add the peppermint extract to the icing and mix.
  11. Using paste red food colouring and a paint brush or end of a spoon, spread lines down the inside of the pipping bag. Add the star nozzle and cut the end of the bag and fill the bag with the icing.
  12. Pipe the cupcakes by starting from the edge of the cupcake and going round into the middle and then pulling up to make a point.4052CA38-5A19-4089-8F6F-BC04948553AA
  13. Break the ends of the candy canes off and push into the cup cakes or crush and decorated how you like.

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