The first time I saw this recipe was on Junior Masterchef last year. The young cooks were challenged to create Donna Hay’s chocolate layer cake. The cake looked so fudgey and scrumptious I stashed the recipe away for a rainy day. That day came along a few weeks ago but instead of making the layer cake I turned the glorious chocolate batter into chocolate cupcakes. The recipe is quite simple making it a good go-to recipe. It uses cocoa for the flavouring so it’s best to use the good quality stuff.
Just a few kitchen staples are used to make this chocolate delight.
The recipe says to melt the butter together with the water and cocoa in a saucepan. I took the lazy route and melted the butter in the microwave then mixed it together with the hot water and cocoa. Add this mixture to the flour, bicarbonate and sugar and whisk it all together.
Add the buttermilk, egg and vanilla and gently whisk them into the batter.
It’s quite a runny batter.
Divide the batter between the cupcake cases and fill them about 2/3 of the way. Bake the cupcakes at 160C fan-forced for 15-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
Mmm… chocolate cake.
Transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
Ice the cupcakes with your favourite chocolate icing. I would share my recipe but I made it up. It’s a combination of buttercream and ganache. Enjoy!
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