Chocolate & Marshmallow Cupcakes!

This weekend it was mine & the Mr’s 6th anniversary so I decided to pop the question…

“If you could have anything in or on a cupcake what would it be?” 

He responded speedily with “Marshmallows!”

I  recently bought a brilliant book called Cox Cookies & Cake. So I had a flick through and low & behold, Chocolate & Marshmallow Cupcakes! Who’d have thunk it??

The baking bug tightened it’s already firm grip on me and I got straight to my kitchen. This is what you will need to make 12-15 cupcakes:

For the Cake

  • 75g Dark Chocolate
  • 200g Unsalted Butter
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 25g Cocoa Powder
  • 175g Plain Flour

For the Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

  • 250g Unsalted Butter (Room Temp!)
  • 125g Marshmallow Fluff

To Decorate

  • Mini Marshmallows

Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C and put paper cases in a cupcake tray.

In a large saucepan over a low heat melt the butter with the chocolate and leave to cool for a few minutes. Then add the caster sugar and mix well.

Next, add the eggs one by one and then sift in the flour, cocoa powder & baking powder. Mix until you have a smooth cake batter.

Split the mixture between the cupcake cases & bake in the centre of the oven for approx 20 minutes. Turn halfway to ensure an even bake. Use a skewer to test at about 15 minutes and then every 5 minutes after that. When the skewer comes out clean, they’re done.

The original recipe said it made 12 but I had enough batter for 15. Fill them to about three quarters full. Don’t over fill them.

When cooked, allow the cakes to sit in the tray for about 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the marshmallow buttercream frosting, simply beat the marshmallow Fluff with the softened butter in a bowl until smooth.

To decorate, you could just smooth the frosting on top with a pallet knife or you could pipe it on like I did. Whatever takes your fancy.  Top with mini marshmallows for that extra little touch.

These little beauts are so yummy. They have a deep, rich chocolatey flavour to contrast the sweet marshmallow frosting. Delish! And they got the seal of approval from the Mr too, can’t be bad!

On another note, because the Mr is so totally marvellous, he took me out to dinner at a local restaurant called The White House.

It has always been so highly recommended and I have always wanted to go there and see for myself.

For the starter I had Ham Hock ,Chorizio and Chicken Terrine with a Cherry Tomato and Shallot Dressing. It tasted as good as it looked.

For the main I had Chicken Supreme and Stuffed Roasted Leg with a Red Wine Sauce. This was hands down the tastiest chicken dish I have ever had at a restaurant. The sweetness from the tomatoes went beautifully with the creamy potatoes underneath. The chicken was so juicy & tender with a stuffing that was packed with bags of flavour. Finger licking good. Lots of yummy noises made.

For dessert I had a Chocolate Brownie with a Pistachio Crust & Home Made Ice Cream. I don’t really need to say anything about it. It’s chocolate and it’s me. We go together like Romeo & Juliet. Yum.

All in all it was a very tasty meal in a pleasant atmosphere. A lovely way to spend our 6th anniversary.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks post my lovelies. If you like what you see, enter your e-mail in the “Sign up for yummy updates” box at the top of the page to subscribe. That way you’ll never miss another scrumptious post : D

Until next time.

KitchenMason

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