Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

A quick batch of cupcakes that I whipped up today – 
 
Cake: (makes 12 cupcakes)
100g/ 3 and a half oz. dark choc
175g unsalted butter
225g/ 1 cup caster sugar
4 eggs
100g/ three quarters of a cup self-raising flour
2 and a half tbsp cocoa powder
 
Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas4
Melt the chocolate and the butter in a bowl over an pan of simmering water. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Beat  with an electric whisk for 3 mins. Add the eggs one at a time and, still beating the miwture, add in the flour and cocoa powder. Divide the mixture between the 12 cupcake cases and bake for 20 to 25 mins.
 
Vanilla buttercream: (decorates 12)
120g butter — 500g or 3 and a hald cups icing sugar — 1tsp vanilla extract — 1 tbsp milk
Beat the butter until smooth, add the icing sugar and beat until light. Add the vanilla extract and milk. Decorate the cooled cakes with a spatula or piping bag.
(I decorated mine by icing the cakes and crumbling some chocolate cake on top)
 
Enjoy!
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