Monday, 5 January 2015

On Baking #03

For Christmas one of the presents my Dad got me was the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and my sister got me one of their aprons and cake tins - it's fair to say that I'm a little bit in love with the Hummingbird Bakery and their recipes. Having got back from Yorkshire I felt a little down in the dumps last week, so I decided what better way would there be to cheer myself up than to make their Nutella cupcakes?! The recipe is really easy and the result is absolutely *delicious*.

To make these cupcakes you will need (for the cake) ::

  • 100g plain flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 40g butter
  • 120mls whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 120g of Nutella

To make the icing ::

  • 250g sifted icing sugar
  • 80g butter
  • 25mls whole milk
  • 80g of Nutella

Method ::

1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius.
2. Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter into a mixing bowl and beat together (I used a hand mixer to do this but I'm sure you don't need one really!) until it's all combined.
3. Slowly add the milk, again beat until all the ingredients are mixed together and then do the same with the egg.
4. Spoon the mixture into paper cases (this makes 12 cupcakes) and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes (mine needed a good 25 minutes) until they bounce back after being touched.


5. Leave the cupcakes to cool.


6. When they're completely cooled, hollow out a small section in the centre of each cupcake (I   just used a teaspoon to draw a little circle on the top of each which worked fine for me) and fill with a dollop of nutella, replacing the lid after.
7. Once I did this I made the icing. Start by mixing the icing sugar and butter together until it's well combined.
8. Begin to add the milk and keep mixing until the icing is fluffy and light (I did this for about 5 minutes using a hand mixer).
9. Stir in the nutella using a wooden spoon.
10. Ice the cupcakes!


 There you have it! Nutella cupcakes that are easy to make, yummy to eat, and that will cure any post-Christmas blues that you may be experiencing!

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