Anyone who read (or watched) Harry Potter will remember Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans... well, these cupcakes are a bit like that. Except there aren't any nasty surprises lurking, just a variety of delicious chocolate bursts.
Here at DSHQ we're well known for creating unholy cake combinations, like these ever-popular Creme Egg Surprises. Everyone knows that once the Easter egg chocolate is long-finished, there are all the extras hanging around, those chocolate bars that you can't quite face on their own. Here's a way to combine them into a surprise round of cupcakes (perfect if there's any you don't like much). Kids will love to help make these, too.
Every Flavour Chocolate Cupcakes (Makes 8 large or 12 small)
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
You will need:
- A selection of chocolate bars, cut into pieces, or sweets, 8-12. (I used pieces of Snickers, Dairy Milk Caramel and a couple of random chocolates...)
- 125g butter, softened
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 free-range eggs
- 100g self-raising flour
- 15g cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp milk
- A few squares of chocolate, to decorate
- Cut your chocolate bars into 1 inch pieces (if using), then put your chocolates in a ziplock bag or similar and place in the freezer for at least half an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a muffin or cupcake tray with cupcake cases.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs once at a time, with a spoonful of flour to stop the mixture from splitting. Beat well in between.
- Sift together the remaining flour and cocoa powder, and carefully fold in using a metal spoon.
- Gently stir in the milk and vanilla essence.
- Fill the cupcakes cases a quarter full, then take one of your frozen chocolate pieces and press gently into the middle of the batter. Cover the chocolate with more batter. Repeat with the others.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until firm and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
- Remove from the tin and leave to cool for a few minutes on a wire rack.
- Melt a few squares of chocolate and drizzle it over the top of the cakes to decorate. Eat warm, whilst the surprise centres are still lovely and gooey...