Thursday, 26 March 2015

Chocoholic Cupcakes With Dr. Oetker

When I was invited to try out some Dr. Oetker baking products I thought, yes please! I first came across the brand through my love of pizza, and then I found out that they make a range of items for bakers everywhere. From cooking chocolate to frostings, icings to marzipan and edible decorations too, they have everything the home cook needs to take their bakes from the "yummy" to the "SCRUMMY".

So I decided to make the chocoholic cupcakes and to involve my teenage son in the making of them ( and eating) as I am trying to teach him some life skills before he ventures off to university in September, and of course everyone should know how to make cupcakes! We decided to decorate them in lots of different ways to the recipe on the website, using a selection of Dr. Oetker decorations.


These cupcakes were easy to make and looked impressive. My 18 year old son had no problems making them at all, although I did help him by sieving the flour into the mixture whilst he creamed the butter and sugar together and added the eggs. The recipe states it makes 12 but we made 10 nice size cupcakes.  

So how did they taste? Totally delicious! Myself, my son and my husband polished them off in no time.

If we were going to make them again, I think we would pipe the chocolate buttercream on top into swirls to make them look even better.

Competition

Dr. Oetker have a variety of recipes on their website, for all skill levels, and they are running a campaign to encourage people to make chocolate bakes in March, whether they are experts or beginners. To enter this competition for a chance to win a deluxe chocolate hamper, follow @DrOetkerBakes on Twitter and tweet a picture of your chocolate Dr. Oetker bake, using the hashtag #EvenBetterBaking and mentioning who you will be sharing your bake with.

Good Luck!


Chocoholic Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients

Sponge cakes


110 g Butter or Margarine (4 oz)
110 g Caster Sugar (4 oz)
Medium Eggs x 2
60 g Self-Raising Flour (3 oz) Sieved
15 g Cocoa Powder
2 ml Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract (2-3 drops)
Dr. Oetker Cupcake Cases


Icing

75 g Butter Softened
175 g Icing Sugar
45 g Cocoa Powder (3 tbsp)

50 g Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks' Milk Chocolate

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Place the Baking Cases into a cupcake tin.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and the Natural Vanilla Extract. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour. Fold in the remaining flour and cocoa powder with a spoon

Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the baking cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and firm to the touch.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.




Ensure you sieve the flour and cocoa powder for best results

To make the chocolate icing, place the softened butter into a bowl. Sieve in the icing sugar and whisk until smooth. Add the cocoa powder to the butter and sugar and stir until smooth. Spread the icing over the cupcakes and leave to set.

To decorate, break the chocolate into pieces in a dish and pop in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, give it a stir and then cook on high again for 30 seconds or until melted.  You can also do this is a bowl over a pan of hot water. Once melted take a dessert spoon of the mixture and drizzle it over the cakes. Top with Dr. Oetker chocolate hearts or Dr. Oetker silver edible balls. Eat and enjoy! 





Cupcake icing


Top Tips To Making The Perfect Cupcakes
  • Use butter that has come up to room temperature or an alternative spread like Flora buttery for taste and ease of mixing.
  • Make sure you pour the mixed egg into the creamed butter and flour, a little at a time , as the mixture could curdle if you add it all at once.
  • To help the mixture rise and avoid lumps, I recommend sieving the cocoa powder and the flour before adding to the cake mix.
  • If the mixture does curdle add a couple of tablespoons of flour from the pre weighed floured and mix in well. 
  • To check if the cakes are baked properly touch the top lightly, if it springs back and doesn't leave a dent in the top then they are cooked.
You can contact Dr. Oetker on

Twitter https://twitter.com//droetkerbakes

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DrOetkerBaking

Website www.oetker.co.uk/
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14 comments

  1. oh yum! I love chocolate and I love cake... these look so yummy!

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  2. we love baking! Well what I mean is the kids let me bake and then they like doing the decorating bit - and eating all the sprinkles and icing along the way!

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    1. Thank you Hannah, they tasted amazing :)

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  4. ooooooh they look so scrumptious! gonna have to try and attempt to make them! xx

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  5. They look so tasty, and sound easy to make. Your son will have the girls queing at uni for his cupcakes! Tx

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  6. Mel, this is really not helping my diet. They look delicious. x

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    1. I will make some and bring you one when we meet up next Linda.

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  7. These look delicious- perfect to make for an Easter treat! The chocolate hearts are so cute! xx

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