Chocolate and Strawberry Christmas Cupcakes

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The real TReat!

Slice them in half and reveal the hidden strawberry – a real treat.

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Chocolate and Strawberry Christmas Cupcakes

These are Christmas all wrapped up in a cupcake. I doubt anyone will be able to resist these delicious treats. I hope that there is one next to my stocking on Christmas Eve. 
Servings 12 units
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 115 gr self rising flour
  • 40 gr cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs  room temperature
  • 4 tsp boiling water
  • 165 g golden caster sugar
  • 175 gr softened unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Buttercream

  • Handful of fresh strawberries, washed and with the base sliced off to create a flat surface
  • Sprinkles for decoration

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200ºc and line a cupcake tin with paper cases.
  • Sieve the cocoa into a bowl then pour in the boiling water.
  • Mix until you have a thick paste.
  • Add in all remaining ingredients and mix with an electric whisk until you have a smooth batter.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, scoop equal amounts into each paper case.
  • Place in the oven for around 12-15 minutes until the cakes spring back when pressed.
    Cool on a wire rack completely.

Buttercream

  • To make the buttercream, beat the butter until soft and fluffy then start to add the powdered sugar a ladel at a time until fully incorporated.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and green food colouring to the desired colour and beat again.
    If the mixture is a little stiff, add a splash of double cream.
  • Place the buttercream into a piping bag with a star nozzle attached.
  • If adding a surprise strawberry into your cupcake, i just remove a little of the top of the cake to create a perfectly flat surface. I pipe a little buttercream as a base on which the strawberry can sit. Place the strawberry with the flat cut side down then pipe around the base then upwards to create a tree shape that totally covers the strawberry.
  • If not adding in a strawberry simply pipe generously from the cake upwards to create a tree shape.
    Add festive sprinkles. 
Course: Sweet
Keyword: Christmas, Cupcake

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