What Olivia Cooked: Cupcakes ft. Chocoholly

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

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So, when I was contacted by the lovely people at Brighton chocolatier, Chocoholly, offering me some of their amazing handmade chocolate how could I say no? Being a huge chocolate fan, I wanted to really use it wisely, savour the unique flavours (including strawberry and chilli and chilli and coconut!) and make them into something special, something I love. What better to try them in one of my favourite Hummingbird bakery recipes then? Using my fail safe vanilla cupcake recipe, I incorporated the (absolutely delicious) coconut and chilli chocolate into the icing, making for a real sweet treat!

They were so straight forward to make (I managed them in half an hour-record for tortoise chef Liv) and despite the icing being a little bit make-shift turned out well! Here's how to do it...

You Will Need:

For the Cake:
-120g plain flour
- 140g caster sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 40g unsalted butter
- 120ml whole milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Icing- (this is only what I used and was very much estimating!)
- 4oz unsalted butter
- 200g icing sugar
- a splash of milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 40/50g Chocoholly Coconut and chilli chocolate

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1. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a bowl and whisk until it makes a sandy consistency with everything combined. Pour in half of the milk and beat until just incorporated.

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2. Whisk the egg, vanilla extract and remaining milk together in a separate bowl and then pour into the flour mixture, and mix until smooth but do not overmix!

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3. Spoon the mixture into your cases until about two thirds full (do not overfill, they will increase in size dramatically!) and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until light golden. Leave the cupcakes to cool, and make the icing whilst doing so.

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(i recommend shutting the oven door!)
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4. For the icing, add the butter and sugar into a bowl and mix until incorporated (a spalsh of milk can be used here to help mixing!)

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5. Add the vanilla extract and melted chocolate and mix until a thick creamy mixture mmm!

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6. When cool ice your cakes with your fabulous icing and enjoy! Voila! Bon Appetit!

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You can buy Chocoholly here and follow her on Twitter here!

x

25 comments:

  1. mmmmm sounds delicious, may give it a go :) xxxx

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  2. Oh my goodness they look absolutely delicious! I will be giving this recipe a try for sure :) xoxo

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  3. yumm! I love all the Hummingbird recipes, such gorgeous cookbooks too. That chocolate sounds diving, might have to give it a go myself :)

    Louisejoyb xo | Bits&Bobs

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  4. Love your mixing bowl!!
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  5. mmm looks so nice, love the bowl too! xx

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  6. They look so yummy! I love your mixing bowl too :). X

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  7. Can you send me one right now!! ;-)

    Esther xxox

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  8. They look amazing and strawberry and chilli chocolate sounds incredible! I love the hummingbird recipes, can't wait to do some christmas baking!

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  9. awww this looks delicious! loving your recipes

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  10. ohmygoshhh yummm!!!


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  11. cute!!! you had me craving for cupcakes right now!

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  12. I want the cakes and the smarties bowl

    petitesideofstyle.blogspot.com ♥

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  13. Oh, yum! This sounds and looks so good. Nom, chocolate!

    x

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  14. oh lordy lordyyy this looks so good, going to have to try it i think! chocoholly look like they have some interesting flavour combinations too :):) x

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  15. that looks so good! MHMHMHM

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  16. MMMMMMMM they look so good :DD

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  17. Ohh these look so yummy xx

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  18. Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

    Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

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  19. WOW they look soo good! and i dont even really like chocolate! But would definitely have one of those! haha Good work!
    Cx

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  20. They are looking very yummy! xo

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  21. they look immense, I want! xx

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  22. Omg, theese cupcakes looks amazing! :)

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