Malteser Cupcakes

These Maltesers Cupcakes are such a fun idea and a perfect treat this weekend. Despite the original recipe having vanilla buttercream, I went with chocolate because in my eyes, the more chocolate, the better!

INGREDIENTS
Cupcakes:-
200g Unsalted Butter, Softened
150g Caster Sugar
50g Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Essence
4 Medium Eggs
200g Plain Flour
10g Baking Powder
Pinch of salt
80g Maltesers, Crushed

Chocolate Buttercream:
110g Unsalted Butter, Softened
170g Icing Sugar, Sifted
55g Cocoa Powder, Sifted
1-2 tbsp Milk
Maltesers

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 180°c/gas mark 4, ensuring the shelving is centre. Line a cupcake/muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.

2. Cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.

3. Add the vanilla essence.

4. Begin alternating between adding the flour and the eggs. Mix until smooth.

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5. Add the baking powder and salt. Stir in the crushed Maltesers.

6. Equally divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.

7. For the buttercream, cream together the softened butter and icing sugar.

8. Add in the cocoa powder and gradually add the milk.

9. Either spoon or pipe the buttercream onto each cupcake and decorate each with Maltesers.

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I’d recommend you eating these pretty sharpish – just because the maltesers tend to go a little off over time. But they’re so delicious, I’m sure you won’t have any problems finding someone to eat them!

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

| Original Recipe Lorraine Pascale Malteser Cupcakes |

| Previous Recipe Honey Cake |

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Chocolate Brownies

Whilst I know many new years resolutions will include eating healthy and to do a little more exercise here and there (I am included in this!), I have already broke this solution on several occasions, so I thought why not treat myself and tuck in to a good ole chocolate brownie!

chocolate brownies

INGREDIENTS
185g unsalted butter
185g best dark chocolate
85g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
3 large eggs
275g golden caster sugar
50g milk chocolate
dusting of icing sugar

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/160C. Grease and line a shallow 20cm square tin with baking paper. (My tin was rectangular 11×7 as that was all I had!)

2. Melt the unsalted butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Occasionally mix. Once melted leave to cool slightly.

3. Sift the plain flour and cocoa powder into a bowl.

4.  In a separate bowl beat together the  eggs and golden caster sugar.

5. Pour the melted butter and chocolate into the egg and sugar mixture. Gradually add the dry ingredients of flour and cocoa.

6. Break the milk chocolate and add into the mix. Give a final stir together, the mixture should be fairly thick  and dark.

7. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes. The brownies should be a little gooey when they come out the oven so try not to overcook. You should look out for the brownie coming away from the sides of the tin.

8.. Leave to cool before dusting with a little icing sugar and cutting into squares.

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

| Original Recipe BBC Best Brownies Ever |

| Previous Recipe Homemade Hot Chocolate |

Triple Chocolate Cookies

I LOVE a good cookie. They’re one of my favourites. Any kind of cookie will do, they’re just the best! You can’t beat a cup of tea and a cookie!

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES 

TripleCookies

INGREDIENTS
200g Unsalted Butter
300g Caster Sugar
1 Large Egg
275g Self-Raising Flour, Sifted
75g Cocoa Powder
100g White Chocolate Chunks
100g Milk Chocolate Chunks
100g Dark Chocolate Chunks
Splash of Milk

METHOD 

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6. Grease and line at least two baking trays.

2. Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add in the egg, and then gradually sift in the flour. Add the cocoa powder.

4. Add in all the chocolate chunks with a generous splash of milk if the mixture is too dry.

5. Combine all the ingredients together.

At this point you may wish to listen to a little One Direction.
(Completely optional, although it is encouraged!)

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6. Roll the mixture into about 12 decent size handfuls and place on a baking tray. Make sure there is space between each cookie as they will get BIG! You don’t want them all stuck together!

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7. Bake in the oven between 12 to 15 minutes. Don’t be tempted to cook them longer as although they’ll be soft when they come out the oven, they will harden as they cool.

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

| Recipe from Vivianna Does Make Up – The Cookie Monster |