Cupcakes

RECIPE:
Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes
Makes 12

Ingredients:
1 box red velvet cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
16 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups cream cheese frosting

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 375° F
2. In a large bowl, prepare the red velvet cake batter. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla, stirring until there are no lumps.
3. Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway. Spoon some of the cream cheese mixture onto the batter. Top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.
4. Pipe the cream cheese frosting onto each cupcake, then top with red velvet crumbs.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
Makes 12

Ingredients:
1 box white cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
20 strawberries
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups vanilla frosting

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 375° F
2. In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway.
3. Finely chop 8 of the strawberries and spoon them evenly on top of the batter. Top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.
4. In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate chips in 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate, then chill.
5. Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake, then top with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Makes 12

Ingredients:
1 box vanilla cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
1 8-ounce tube chocolate chip cookie dough
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups cream cheese frosting

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 375° F
2. In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway.
3. Place a small ball of cookie dough on each, then top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.
4. Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake, then top with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Makes 12

Ingredients:
1 box chocolate cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
18 chocolate peanut butter cups
1 cup vanilla frosting
¾ cup peanut butter

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 375° F
2. In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway.
3. Place a peanut butter cup in each, then top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.
4. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter and vanilla frosting, stirring until smooth. Then halve the remaining peanut butter cups.
5. Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake, then top with the peanut butter cup halves.

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Just hearing the words chocolate cupcakes makes your mouth start to water. There is no one kind of chocolate cake, the variety is endless. Different fillings, toppings and additional flavours contribute towards making a great cup cake. Of course the ingredients are the most important part towards making a great cupcake and not just a normal ‘cake’.

Ingredients

You can great chocolate cupcake from cocoa powder, but this is no where near as tasty as using ‘real’ chocolate. There are luxury varieties of cocoa powder, but they still don’t match up to the real thing.

There are many varieties of chocolate the most popular being dark chocolate. Even if your not a fan of dark chocolate, the bitterness is taken away using the other ingredients, giving a rich taste. Cooking chocolate is very often used for it is specialised for the job, but Belgian is always a favourite. Belgian chocolate cupcakes have a much richer flavour and you can taste the luxury ingredients.

To make your cup cakes extra special you can use muscovado sugar. This has a stronger flavour and compliments a cocoa flavour. Cream can also be added to some recipes and even liqueur.

Types & Flavours

There is far more to the cupcake than just a flavour. Chocolate can have many hints added to it for a start. For example orange, mint, fudge, strawberry, lemon, brandy and coffee. These could be added to the mixture itself or as a topping.

Icing is an easy way to add that extra flavour or colour. It can also make you cupcakes look more tempting and luxurious. There are some great examples of chocolate cupcakes around to give you inspiration and ideas. Some types of icing include frosting, butter cream, fondant, fudge and glace icing. Extra decoration such as sugar curls and shapes give that extra special trust.

You can also add extras through fillings. Chocolate chips being a widely used solution in all varieties including white and milk. Truffle fillings are little more different, where you add double cream and brandy to the inside of the mixture. You can also take on mini versions of cakes such as Victoria sandwich and fudge cake. They are perfect for parties, or when you need a variety for many people. Some people even use them for wedding cakes!

Written by Neil Smith.
For further information please email neil.smith307@googlemail.com
Inspiration from classic cupcakes and their chocolate cupcakes range.

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