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Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

12 cupcakes
Intermediate
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Chocolate on chocolate, with a side of chocolate - what more could you want from the most chocolate cupcake recipe out there!
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Ingredients

For the Cupcakes
110 gUnsalted butter or Margarine (4 oz)
110 gCaster Sugar (4 oz)
60 gSelf-Raising Flour (3 oz) Sieved
15 gDr. Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder
2 mlDr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract (2-3 drops)
12Dr. Oetker Muffin Cases White
2Medium Eggs
For the Icing
400 gDr. Oetker Chocolate Buttercream Style Icing
50 gDr. Oetker 35% Milk Chocolate
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Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C Fan, Gas Mark 4). Place the Muffin Cases into a muffin tin.

2

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and the Vanilla Extract. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour. Fold in the remaining flour and cocoa powder with a spoon.

3

Evenly divide the mixture between the Muffin Cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and firm to the touch.

4

Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

5

Put the Chocolate Buttercream into a piping bag and pipe a swirl of icing on top of each cupcake and leave to set.

6

To decorate, soften the chocolate slightly over hot water, keeping it in one piece. Once slightly soft, use a potato peeler to shave chocolate curls from the chocolate. Stack the curls on the cupcakes.