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Black Forest Cupcakes

Black forest cupcakes

Published: September 17, 2021 at 5:15 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Makes 12

Cherries, kirsch and dark chocolate make an indulgent, grown-up cupcake. This recipe makes 12 which means (if you can resist eating them all yourself) there'll be plenty to go around

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal536
fat32.6g
saturates20g
carbs55.2g
fibre1.7g
protein5.1g
salt0.6g
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Try this decadent black forest cupcakes, then check out our vanilla cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes and strawberry cupcakes.

Ingredients

  • 40g cocoa
  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g Billington's golden caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp soured cream, at room temperature

BUTTERCREAM

  • 200g 70% dark chocolate, chopped
  • 175g Billington's golden caster sugar
  • 3 medium egg whites
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened

DECORATION

  • 2 tbsp cherry brandy or kirsch
  • 4 tbsp morello cherry jam
  • 12 natural glacé or morello cherries

Method

  • STEP 1

    Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Tip the cocoa into a small bowl, add 100ml boiling water and whisk until smooth. Cool.

  • STEP 2

    Cream the butter and caster sugar together with electric beaters until really pale, light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs, mixing well between each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl from time to time with a rubber spatula.

  • STEP 3

    Add the vanilla extract and cocoa mixture and mix again until thoroughly combined.

  • STEP 4

    Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt into the bowl, add the soured cream and fold in using a rubber spatula or large metal spoon. Mix until smooth and then divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases.

  • STEP 5

    Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until well risen and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean. Leave the cakes to rest in the tin for 3-4 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack until cold.

  • STEP 6

    Meanwhile make the chocolate meringue buttercream. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl either set over a pan of barely simmering water or in the microwave on a low setting, stirring until smooth.

  • STEP 7

    Put the sugar, egg whites and a pinch of salt in a medium-sized, heatproof bowl that will fit snugly over (but not touch) a pan of simmering water. Whisk until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is foamy. Continue to cook until the mixture is hot to the touch, thickens enough to only just hold a ribbon trail and turns from opaque to bright glossy white.

  • STEP 8

    Quickly scoop the meringue mixture into the bowl of the mixer with a whisk and beat on a medium-high speed for about 3 minutes until the mixture has doubled in volume and is thick, stiff, glossy and cold (or scoop it into a new bowl and beat with hand beaters for a little longer).

  • STEP 9

    Gradually add the butter to the cooled meringue mixture, beating constantly on low-medium speed, until the frosting is smooth, thick and spreadable. if the frosting starts to curdle continue whisking and it will come back smooth after a minute or so. Fold in the melted chocolate.

  • STEP 10

    Using a teaspoon scoop out a hole from the top of each cupcake (you can eat this bit), brush the cakes with cherry brandy and fill the holes with cherry jam. Spread chocolate buttercream generously over the top of each cake and finish with a glacé or morello cherry.

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