Friday 14 September 2012

Butterscotch Chocolate Cupcakes

These were something I had to be able to produce rather quickly, one evening after work recently. One of my colleagues was moving jobs, to a more senior post and I wanted to make some cupcakes for her - after all, what kind of baking colleague would I be if I didn't provide some form of leaving cake!

As such, it wasn't the time to try out new exciting recipes, but to stick to a tried, tested and trusted recipe, but with a little twist - added chopped chocolate. I do enjoy the contrast in texture of biting into a piece of chocolate in the midst of the soft cupcake, and chopping the chocolate fairly small means that it doesn't all sink.

For myself, it's dark chocolate all the way, but I had a bar of Green and Black's Butterscotch chocolate which is a dark milk chocolate (34% cocoa) with little butterscotchy pieces in it (rather more-ish as I nibble a little as I type).

Butterscotch Chocolate Cupcakes
175g softened butter
175g caster sugar (or a mixture of caster sugar and light muscovado)
150g self raising flour
3 large eggs
20g cocoa powder
50g Butterscotch Milk Chocolate, chopped

For the frosting
100g milk chocolate (I used Green and Black's 34% milk chocolate here)
40g butter

- Preheat the oven to gas 4/180C. Place 12 liners in a muffin tin.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, flour and cocoa powder and continue to beat until well mixed.
- Fold in the chopped chocolate and divide between the prepared cases.
- Bake for around 25 minutes until they are risen and springy and a cake tester comes out clean.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack.
- When cool, make the frosting - melt the chocolate and then add the cubed butter, stirring until it has all amalgamated. You may need to allow it to cool a little before using, but when the texture seems thick enough to hold, spread onto the cupcakes and sprinkle with decorations of your choice.

I guess I probably don't need to say that these went well - I gift boxed some for my colleague who was leaving to take home for her family and then the rest were enjoyed by my other colleagues. Good Luck in your new job S.

It's nearly National Cupcake Week - you can check out their website (and naturally follow them on facebook and twitter if that's your thing!) for more info, but this means that this month's Calendar Cakes challenge (hosted alternately by Rachel of Dolly Bakes and Laura of Laura Loves Cakes) is Cupcakes. So I am entering these into the challenge. Super easy and very tasty!


Unknown said...

Mmm, they look great! I love baking and chocolate, so I will definitely try them soon :)

Laura loves cakes said...

Brilliant...that butterscotch chocolate sounds fabulous and I love the look of these little cupcakes...I bet your (ex-)colleague was thrilled! Thanks for entering Calendar Cakes :-)

Alicia Foodycat said...

I love Green & Black's butterscotch so much. I don't think I could plan to cook with it, none would make it in.

Unknown said...

these are just kind of perfect aren't they?... love the butterscotch too, my favourite I think!

Chele said...

Mmmmmmm. Love little cuppies. The Green and Blacks Butterscotch chocolate is pretty heavenly ... it makes a great addition to pannetone at Christmas time too teehee

Katie said...

I totally agree there is nothing nicer than finding little blobs of molten chocolate in a cake :) They look delicious and love the simple choc frosting.

Didn't realise it was cupcake week next week, thanks for the heads up

Janice said...

G&B Butterscotch is my favourite chocolate so these would definitely be a winner with me.

Johanna GGG said...

I am always looking for ideas to incorporate butterscotch into my baking and I like this one - will keep it in mind next time I want to bake with chocolate - nice quick solution for a going away bake!

celia said...

They look lovely, C! How nice of you to always look out for your work colleagues! x

Choclette said...

These sound fabulous C and they look very tempting too. I'm rather fond of that G&B butterscotch chocolate. I keep buying it intending to bake something interesting, but somehow it never gets quite as far as the kitchen.

Caroline said...

Ann-Kristine - I do hope you try them and like them!

Laura - I think she was pleased, but it was hard to tell amongst all the other emotions leaving your job entails!

Foodycat - yes, I sometimes think I must have a will of steel. But perhaps that's why the recipe only calls for half a bar...

Dom - thank you. The butterscotch chocolate seems a popular bar.

Chele - ooh, nice idea about the pannetone :-)

Katie - yes, chocolate chunks always make a chocolate cake better.

Janice - I bet you'd love them!

Johanna - yes, these would be quick and easy to make before going away.

Celia - thank you. I do like to bake for my colleagues, just as you bake for your neighbours.

Choclette - seems to be a recurring theme with this chocolate!


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