Mid-Week Treats 2

Ok, so it's not exactly mid-week but I'm currently on my Easter holidays, which means too much free time spent procrastinating (baking) and not much revision being done. Plus I've been feeling pretty low this weekend and nothings better than whipping up a cute little chocolaty treat that I can enjoy all week long (that's if the other piglets in this house don't get there first).

Red Velvet Cupcakes.

This recipe is actually for a whole cake rather than individual cupcakes so just divided the mixture up into cupcake cases.

225g unsalted butter
4 tbsp water
55g cocoa powder
3 eggs
250ml buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp red food colouring 
280g plain flour
55g cornflour
1.5 tsp baking powder
280g caster sugar

250g full-fat soft cheese
40g unsalted butter
3tbsp caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees/ gas mark 5. Grease two 23cm/9inch sandwich tins and line the bases with baking paper (or set out the cupcake cases).

2. Place the butter, water and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and heat gently, without boiling, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly,

3. Beat together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla extract and food colouring until frothy. Beat in the butter mixture. Sift together the flour, cornflour and baking powder, then stir quickly and evenly into the egg mixture with the casting sugar.

4. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins (or cupcake cases) and bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes (for the cupcakes, I'd recommend checking them after 20 minutes as they don't need as long to cook) or until risen and firm to the touch. Leave to cool in the tins for 3-4 mins, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack.

5. For the frosting, beat together all the ingredients until smooth. Use about half of the frosting to sandwich the cakes together, then spread the remainder over the top, swirling the palette knife. 
(For the cupcakes, divide the icing between each cupcake.)

Storage: I'd recommend keeping them in the fridge as the cream cheese frosting can go a tad funky if left out too long.

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Let me know if you had ago at making these by tweeting me @Olivia_DF using the hashtag #midweektreats

Liv xo

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