Chilli chocolate cupcakes

Chilli chocolate cupcakes

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Bake and Decorate
Makes
15
Photographer
Laura Edwards

Chilli-flavoured chocolate is used for this lovely, shiny icing and each cake is decorated with a whole chilli... munch on it at your peril! Don't worry about the heat of the chocolate icing itself, though, as it only has a mild kick. I also give recipes for a chocolate-vanilla and a chocolate-mocha icing here, in case chillies aren't for you.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 quantity Chocolate celebration cake, batter only
15 cupcake cases
65g white caster sugar
160g 55–70% cocoa solids chilli-flavoured chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons golden syrup
30g unsalted butter
15 red chillies

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC. Place the cupcake cases into 2 x 12-hole cupcake tins. Divide the batter evenly between them and bake for 17–20 minutes, or until the cakes spring back to the touch. Do not worry if they crack in the oven; the icing will cover any fissures. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  2. Meanwhile, make the icing. In a heavy-based pan, gently heat together 125 ml water, the sugar, chocolate and syrup and bring to the boil, stirring so it does not catch on the bottom of the pan. Stir constantly for about 3 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter.
  3. Allow to cool, then spoon over the cupcakes. If the icing becomes too thick before you have finished coating the cakes, simply reheat it very gently. Place a chilli on each cake as you apply the icing, then leave to cool completely and set.

Icing flavourings

  • For chocolate-vanilla, use unflavoured dark chocolate and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract with the butter. For chocolate-mocha, use unflavoured dark chocolate and replace the 125 ml water with strong coffee.
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Baking
Cakes
decorating
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