A good chocolate cupcake can't be beaten... and this recipe makes a pretty good one! It is basically a Hummingbird Bakery recipe but I have added a few things here and there to make it better! (If that was possible)
... for the cake
100g Plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of salt
120ml whole milk
1/4 teaspoons of vanilla extract
... for the icing
300g icing sugar, sifted
100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
40g cocoa powder, sifted
40ml whole milk
2 chocolate digestive biscuits
mini marshmallows for decoration
1. Preheat the oven to 170 C (325 F) Gas 3.
2. Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and ever thing is combined.
4. 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 minuets until the mixture is smooth. Do not overmix.
5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minuets, or until the sponge bounces back when touched.
6. While the cupcakes are in the oven, make the icing. Beat the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment on a medium speed. Mix until the ingredients are well combined. Turn the mixer down to a slow speed.
7. Briefly break up the 2 digestive biscuits into a pestle and mortar. Keep crushing until the biscuits and mostly crumbs with the odd chunk.
8. Add the milk to the butter mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time. Once all the milk has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to a high speed. Continue beating the frosting until light and fluffy (approx. 5 minutes).
9. Remove the cupcakes from the oven once cooked. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
10. When cupcakes are completely cool, frost them with the icing. Decorate them with whatever you like, but to complete the S'more cupcake, top them with mini marshmallows.
I LOVE these cupcakes! They are so delicious, I especially like the crunch you get from the digestive biscuits in the icing! I hope you like them as well, let me know in the comments below!
This recipe will sound crazy, but trust me... it's good!
It is a sushi style, meat roll made up of minced beef, bacon, cheese and onion! It's LUSH!
-500g minced beef
-Salt & Pepper
-A splash of cream
-Additional spices (optional)
-6 rashers of streaky bacon (smoked or unsmoked)
-2 1/2 cheesy strings (or any other kind of cheese, cut into a long, thin strip)
-1/2 tub of Danfood onion salad crispies ( or similar)
-Sushi style rolling mat
-Basic kitchen tools (knifes, bowl etc.)
-BBQ or grill
-Cling film/ silver foil
1. Lay out your sushi rolling mat with a rectangle of cling film on top.
2. Place down the rashers of bacon, going away from you and slightly layered over one other.
3. Put the minced beef in a bowl, add salt and pepper, cream and the optional spices.
4. Once combined, pat the minced beef mixture over the bacon, in an evenly thin layer.
5. Then, lay down the cheese strings at the bottom of the rectangle, closest in front of you.
6. Now, tightly roll the rectangle from the bottom, in a sushi style, releasing the cling film and mat as you go.
7. Prepare the BBQ or grill for about 180 C/350 F.
8. Place the roll on a sheet of silver foil. Put onto the BBQ or grill, not over direct heat.
9. Leave to cook for 25 minuets.
10. After the set time, leaving the roll on the BBQ/grill, smother in BBQ sauce.
11. Cook for a further 10 minutes, and once again smother on more BBQ sauce.
12. Again, cook for 5-10 minutes and smother in BBQ sauce.
13. Remove from the heat and place on a board which can collect juices.
14. Grab a handful of onion crispies and rub into the roll, top and sides.
15. Move on to the serving board.
16. Slice into desired portions. And ENJOY!
So, there you have it! A great BBQ recipe that everyone (except vegetarians) will adore this summer! I had great fun making this pork roll, and I will surely be making it again in the future!
It's delicious and reasonably cheap! This 1 roll, fed 4 hungry people, and with some homemade chips, roasted peppers and salad, it made for a great meal.
Price per roll:
£2 - minced beef
£1.05 - bacon
46p - cheese strings
69p - onion crispies
50p - BBQ sauce
50p - others aprox.
Total per roll - £5.20 aprox.
Please do go ahead and experiment a bit, with different spices and sauces, if you are vegetarian then conjure up some amazing vegetarian version! Make one from chicken, lamb or any other meat you want!