Chocolate Cupcakes with Two-tone Chocolate Frosting

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Ingredients

  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100ml boiling water
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 125g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 50g demerara sugar
  • 90ml sunflower oil
  • 100g self raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the Technique: Icing Adding a mixture of icing sugar and water, butter or cream to a cake or cupcake for a decorative finish. I know this Teach me, please icing :

  • 350g softened unsalted butter
  • 250g full fat cream cheese
  • 350g sieved Technique: Icing Adding a mixture of icing sugar and water, butter or cream to a cake or cupcake for a decorative finish. I know this Teach me, please icing sugar
  • 2 tsp of lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Use imperial measurements

Method

How to make Chocolate Cupcakes with Two-tone Chocolate Frosting

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix the cocoa and bicarbonate of soda with the boiling water and leave to cool.

In a large bowl, Technique: Whisk Using light, rapid sweeping strokes to thicken or thoroughly combine ingredients. You can also use a whisk attachment attached to a food processor. I know this Teach me, please whisk the eggs and sugar together. Add the oil and Technique: Whisk Using light, rapid sweeping strokes to thicken or thoroughly combine ingredients. You can also use a whisk attachment attached to a food processor. I know this Teach me, please whisk again.

Then add the flour and cocoa, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Pour into cupcake cases and cook for 20-25 minutes, until the cakes are firm to the touch and a skewer or sharp knife comes out clean.

To make the Technique: Icing Adding a mixture of icing sugar and water, butter or cream to a cake or cupcake for a decorative finish. I know this Teach me, please frosting :

Cream the butter in an upright mixer or hand mixer and beat until soft.

Add the cream cheese in 2 or three stages followed by the Technique: Icing Adding a mixture of icing sugar and water, butter or cream to a cake or cupcake for a decorative finish. I know this Teach me, please icing sugar again in 2 or 3 stages.

Add the lemon juice and beat for a few minutes.

Leave to stand in a cool place for at least an hour.

Take 500g of the Technique: Icing Adding a mixture of icing sugar and water, butter or cream to a cake or cupcake for a decorative finish. I know this Teach me, please frosting and add 2 tbsp of cocoa powder.

In a Technique: Piping Adding icing to a cake or cupcake using a piping bag for more precise decorations and designs. I know this Teach me, please piping bag fitted with a star tube place the chocolate Technique: Icing Adding a mixture of icing sugar and water, butter or cream to a cake or cupcake for a decorative finish. I know this Teach me, please frosting down one side of the Technique: Piping Adding icing to a cake or cupcake using a piping bag for more precise decorations and designs. I know this Teach me, please piping bag and half the remaining Technique: Icing Adding a mixture of icing sugar and water, butter or cream to a cake or cupcake for a decorative finish. I know this Teach me, please frosting down the other half of the bag. Technique: Piping Adding icing to a cake or cupcake using a piping bag for more precise decorations and designs. I know this Teach me, please Pipe swirls onto each cupcake.

Note: It is very important that the butter is very soft before you add the cream cheese or it will split and make for an unpleasant consistency. With these quantities there will be a about 200g of Technique: Icing Adding a mixture of icing sugar and water, butter or cream to a cake or cupcake for a decorative finish. I know this Teach me, please frosting left over.