Double chocolate cupcakes
two and a half cups icing sugar, sifted
hundred grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
forty grams unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
three tablespoons whole milk
one// Beat the icing sugar, butter and cocoa in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk or just a food processor) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
two// Turn the mixer down to slow speed. Add the milk to the butter mixture a little at a time. Once all the milk has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed. Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, about five minutes. The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes.
hundred grams and two tablespoons plain flour
two and a half tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
three quarters cup caster sugar
one and a half teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of salt
fourty grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
half a cup whole milk
one quarter teaspoon pure vanilla extract
shaved chocolate, to decorate
one// Preheat the oven to one hundred and seventy degrees. Put the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
two// Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract together in a bowl, then slowly pour into the flour mixture, beat to combine and turn the mixer up to high speed to get rid of any lumps.
three// Turn the mixer down to a slower speed and slowly pour in the remaining milk mixture (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.
four// Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for twenty minutes, or until the cake bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
five// When the cupcakes are cold, spoon the chocolate frosting on top or use a piping bag. Decorate with the chocolate shavings. (or like chocolate vermicelli or silver balls, smarties…)