No real reason for making these. I had soured cream that needed to be used up, chocolate is a popular default option and I fancied having a try at feathering a decoration, after seeing Katie's beautiful decoration here. These seemed like reasons enough to bake.
I amalgamated a few recipes in books that I looked through to come up with something that suited my ingredients. So these are mine!
This is how I made them....
Feathered soured cream chocolate cupcakes
140g softened butter
100g caster sugar
75g light muscovado sugar
150ml soured cream (a small tub)
175g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
120g chocolate for topping
- Preheat the oven to gas 4/180C.
- Cream the butter and sugars together until light in colour.
- Add the remaining ingredients - flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, eggs, soured cream, vanilla - and beat together until well combined. I'm such a lazy baker!
- Divide the mixture between 12 paper cases in a muffin tin.
- Bake for around 25 minutes until a cake tester/cocktail stick comes out clean and/or the cupcakes feel springy to touch.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack.
I decided to top these with Cadbury's milk chocolate, which is pretty thick when it's melted so it's fairly easy to work with. For the feathering I used Dr Oetker chocolate flavour writing icing and tried both white and dark chocolate flavours. For some weird reason, the white was so much easier to work with than the dark - the dark just didn't want to come out of the tube.
I'm pleased with the way the feathering worked in principle, and will do it again, but I think actually, using the icing was a mistake, and I would have been better using pure melted chocolate. The icing was a little too thick and sturdy to drag properly, whereas I think melted chocolate would have worked better. Ah well, lesson learned for next time.
The cakes themselves were delicious - chocolately and soft and the uniced surface of the cake went a little sticky and soft after a couple of days, really yummy! I'd use this recipe to make cupcakes again - they ended up being a good size too. All round success!