Monday, September 23, 2013

Mud Cupcakes

This is my version of a mud cupcake. It's actually just a chocolate and hazelnut cupcake but I decided to name it ''Mud cupcake'' because - let's face it - that's what they look like! 
I have made these a couple of times but just these ones I made for my nephews 9th birthday party that we celebrated today (that's why there are skulls on the cupcake liners if you hadn't noticed). 
They take about an hour to make and are really delicious! 

What you need for the cake: 
4 tablespoons cocoa
1dl hot water
3dl flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
100g butter
1.5dl sugar
2 eggs 
2dl milk
200g dark chocolate. 
1dl finely chopped up hazelnuts 

And then for the topping:
100g soft butter
300g confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1dl finely chopped up hazelnuts
50g melted dark chocolate

How you make the cake: 
Step1: Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
Step2: mix the hot water and the cocoa and then let it cool down. 
Step3: In a separate bowl mix the hazelnuts and your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt).
Step4: In yet another big bowl mix the sugar and butter together till it's become a smooth mixture, then add one egg at a time.
Step5: combine all the three mixtures into one!
Step6: Bring the milk to a boil in a pan and then remove it from the heat and add the chocolate and let it melt in the milk. When the chocolate has melted add it to the rest. 
Step7: Put your cupcake liners on a baking sheet and fill two thirds of them. Bake them for about 20 minutes and then let them cool. 

How you make the the topping:
Just mix the ingredients together and then either pipe it onto the cupcakes or just use a spoon. 

My niece is just too cute! 

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