Today's version is a little bit of a continuation after Earl Grey tea cupcakes, as those are Hot chocolate ones! Again I didn't do the icing provided in the recipe, but went with my own idea. Was hoping to have some mini marshmallows in the cupboard - which would be ideal to stick in that chocolate on top - but found only sprinkles, which worked surprisingly well! :D
This time, was the very first time, that my little Baby J (aged 4) helped me take the picture. If you have little ones and you're trying to take a picture (being it of your food, flowers or anything else) the little ones will do everything and anything to "help you" take that pic! As the result, the amount of photos I have with little fingers out of nowhere, "moved" pictures because someone decided to jump on Mummy that very second ;) is endless... So, to end that pattern I decided to do it WITH her. You can't see her face when she was "modeling", but believe me when I say it was one very proud and happy little girl! :D
How to make it...
- 240 ml whole milk
- 25 g hot chocolate powder
- 10 g cocoa powder (that's my own addition, I wanted them more chocolaty)
- 80 g unsalted butter, softened
- 280 g caster sugar (I used only 180 g)
- 240 g plain flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 standard size bar of dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 190°C and fill a muffin tin with muffin cases. Gently warm the milk and add the chocolate powder, stirring constantly until dissolved. Set aside to cool.
In a big bowl whisk together the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. Take your cooled chocolate drink and whisk in the eggs. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Fill each muffin case up to two thirds full with the batter. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, until well risen and springy to the touch (you can also check if they're done sticking a toothpick in, if it comes out dry - they're done.
In a little bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave and dip your cupcakes in it. Sprinkle the tops with sugar sprinkles before the chocolate sets.
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