Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate and Peanut Butter CupcakesThere is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter. Together. In a cupcake.

I’ve been searching for the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe for a while, and I think this may be it. I used to always go by the Primrose Bakery chocolate cupcakes; however these are so much richer and less sickly sweet. They last a lot longer too, if they don’t get eaten immediately…

This recipe does have coffee in it, which may put people off making it, but don’t, because once it is cooked you cannot taste it. It just makes the chocolate flavour more intense.

And the peanut butter frosting. Words are not enough, just make it.

I’ll apologize in advance; the recipe is in cups… I hate weighing things in cups, but this recipe has some really weird numbers if it’s in grams, so sorry!

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups  or 205g plain flour

3/4 cup or 70g cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 3/4 cups or 340g caster sugar

1/2 cup or 120ml sunflower oil (any unflavored oil will do)

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups or 300ml strong coffee, cooled

For the frosting:

2 cups icing sugar

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup unsalted butter

2 tbsp milk
Mix1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Wet ingredients2. Whisk together the sugar, oil and eggs until smooth. Add the vanilla.

Chocolate cake mix3. Alternate adding the sugar mix and the coffee to the flour. Whisk until smooth and glossy.

London cupcake caseSONY DSC4. I got some gorgeous cupcake cases cheap after the Jubilee weekend, so they had to be used… Fill each case 2/3 full. I use an ice-cream scoop to get them all the same size. Put into the oven and bake for 20-25 mint

SONY DSC5. Whilst the cakes are cooking, make the frosting.  Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer or handheld whisk until smooth. Add the peanut butter and milk and beat until light and fluffy. Try not to eat it all at this stage, tempting though it is…

SONY DSC6. Leave the cakes to cool. They should be springy to the touch and a skewer should come out clean.

Peanut butter cakes7. Ice and decorate with whatever, I used fudge chunks and crunchy chocolate balls.

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White chocolate and Strawberry Trifle

Trifle never did it for me. I really hate the combination of cold custard and jelly and soggy sponge. which is what most trifles consist of. However, this  trifle is YUMMY. Strawberries, white chocolate, crumbled amaretti biscuits and amaretto soaked sponge, sandwiched between vanilla whipped cream. Everyone loves this dessert and it looks really impressive with the strawberries pressed against the glass.  I made mine in small glasses and sundae glasses, but the recipe suggests a large bowl. I would have used ours but unfortunately I managed to break it getting it out of the cupboard; and it was my mum and dads wedding present… oops!

The recipe is by Lorraine Pascale at:http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/my_big_fat_tipsy_trifle_16006

Young Chef of the Year Competition

So many exams; I haven’t posted in ages!

My progress in the Rotary Young Chef of the Year Competition went very well; I won my school heat, won my county heat and then came runner-up in the district heat, making me one of 12 finalists for South England! Unfortunately, the date of the South England heat clashed with holiday flights, so I could not compete, which was a big shame. However, it was an amazing opportunity and my catering teacher reckons I could have given the winner of the South England round (who went on the win the whole thing!) a run for her money! I was one round away from National level, and although a trip to Italy and a day working in a Michelin Star restaurant would have been lovely, it was obviously not to be.

I’m very proud of myself anyway 🙂

Ideas?

Hey everyone,

I’ve got my district round of the young chef of the year coming up but I’m really stuck for recipes!

Anyone have any great sophisticated recipes for starter, main or dessert? I need to show skill, it needs to be relatively healthy and the total cost within £15. And of course be tasty…

Any ideas I would really welcome!

Happy new year!

Hope you all have a great 2012! This years resolutions I will probably break tomorrow…
1. Fit in baking around studying at least once a week (becoming tricky to find time to cook)
2. Actually get properly excited about the Olympics coming to London, I’m not really a sports fan so I find it slightly overrated. I’ll do my best though…
3. To get on well with my younger sister
4. To smile as much as possible
5. To read a book other than cook books
6. To help as many people as I can
7. To keep these resolutions!

Liebster Blog Award!

Thank you so much to Vered from http://eatnowtalklater.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for first place in her awards! She’s supported me right from day 1 when I started the blog and has some really unusual, inspiring recipes that are very tasty, have a look.
Here is a bit about the award:
The award is all about recognising your fellow bloggers for how awesome they are!

Here’s a little of the official information about the award:

“The Liebster Blog Award is given to up coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The rules for the Liebster Blog Award are:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.

3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog

4. Reveal your 5 blog picks.

5. Let them know you choose them by leaving a comment on their blog.”

Really hard to choose, but here goes:

1.  Wee Eats – http://wee-eats.com/ I just couldn’t not pick this blog, the recipes are just mouthwatering!

2. Edible Substance-http://ediblesubstance.wordpress.com/ Such an interesting food blog with delicious recipes too, love it!

3.  Try it you might like it-http://tryityoumightlikeit.wordpress.com/ Great festive Christmas recipes here, and really yummy food.

4. Valuptuous Vittles-http://valuptuousvittles.wordpress.com/ Really interesting recipes

5.Musketnuss-http://musketnuss.wordpress.com/Great photography and lovely yummy recipes