Friday, 24 January 2014

Dark Chocolate and Ginger Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

So far, I'd have to say the New Year resolutions are not going well. I blame January, it's such a depressing month. Nothing good happens, and it's tax return time! Anyway I've been so incredibly lazy recently, sometimes writing a blog post is too much effort. But I did make some lovely cupcakes recently... so here's the recipe.

These are my usual dark chocolate mix cupcakes with some ginger added to make it a little more exciting. Spice it up if you'll excuse the pun. I added glace ginger in the mix, but I actually wasn't sure about the little lumps of ginger, it'd prefer it to be more even in the mixture. Glace ginger is also very sweet, so I think next time I'd try stem ginger.

100g dark chocolate
110g butter/margarine
100g caster sugar
100g light brown sugar
2 eggs
140g plain flour
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
100ml runny yoghurt
Tbsp of ground ginger
Tbsp of glace ginger

White chocolate icing
250g icing sugar
150g white chocolate
110g butter (softened)
2tbsp cream

A few gingernut biscuits

  • Preheat the oven to 180C, and line a muffin tin with baking cases.
  • Melt the chocolate in bursts in the microwave.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Fold in the melted chocolate, and sift in the flour, bicarb and ginger.
  • Add the yoghurt and glace ginger and mix until just incorporated. Spoon into the prepared tins and bake for 15-20mins, or until springy to touch. Leave to cool.
  • To make the icing, beat the butter and a little icing sugar together until smooth. Gradually add the icing sugar a little at a time until it's completely incorporated.
  • Melt the white chocolate by heating in the microwave for short bursts of time, and add the chocolate to the icing mixture. Add the cream if it seems too thick.
  • Pipe the icing onto the cakes in large swirls with a star shaped nozzle. Top with half a gingernut biscuit and dust with some cocoa powder.

Since making these a week or so ago, I've started doing the 5:2 diet to deflate the Christmas tyre a little... so there wont be so much baking going on. Although I am going to try to make some muffins that are both delicious and low in calories, though I'm not convinced that can be done!

Emily Kate

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