I love cupcakes but haven't been keen in baking it ....
For me , cupcakes wouldn't be cupcakes without frosting .....
And I really suck at making frosting !
If only I don't have the urge to reduce too much sugar or butter when making it ! pfffftttt
There are loads of recipe of frosting online but the one I like most is the buttercream frosting ....
I like it but not enough to make it ! lol
So , I'm really glad when I saw this chocolate frosting at BBC Goodfood site ....
Don't mind the grainy look of this frosting , it's quiet smooth actually if only I gave it a good whisk but my frosting has been lurking in the fridge for 2 days now and I just stirred it using a chopstick as it is much more easier to clean it than a whisk ! hee hee
The cupcake itself tastes really really good ! Yup ! Even without frosting ! heh ! It's coffee-flavored so it's always good to me ! lol
No cracks on top of my cupcakes but got this uneven top , probably by using a homemade self-raising flour - too much baking powder ? But it didn't affect the taste .....
Er I've forgotten to take photo of my unfrosted cupcakes tsk tsk !
Recipe adapted from How to be a domestic goddess - Nigella Lawson ( I made half of the recipe )
For the cupcake :
125 grams self-raising flour
125 grams soft unsalted butter
125 grams golden caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 heaped tablespoon instant espresso
2-3 tbsp milk
* Preheat oven to 200°C .
* Put all cupcake ingredients except for the milk into food processor and blitz to combine . Pulse again , adding milk to form a batter with a soft dropping consistency . Spoon mixture into a muffin tin with paper liners and put i the oven and bake for 20 minutes . Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out into the wire rack .
For the frosting : ( recipe from BBC Goodfood )
140 grams dark chocolate
140 grams milk chocolate
300 ml whipping cream
* Melt chocolates together in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water ; remove from heat and stir in the cream and let cool or chill until spreadable . ( I made my frosting by melting the chocolates and let it cool completely first then whipped the cream , add 1 1/2 tablespoon of icing sugar then added in the cool melted chocolate - this way , the frosting becomes fluffier ) . Pipe or spread on top of cooled cupcakes .