Decadent Chocolate Red Velvet Cupcakes
Time for a bit of indulgence this weekend! Who can resist a moist red velvet cupcake, filled with oozy chocolate and topped with lashings of cream cheese. These cupcakes are the perfect treat to beat the winter blues.
- 80g milk chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp butter
- 5 tbsp cream
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 tbsp red food coloring
Cream Cheese Icing
- 3 cups icing sugar
- 1/2 soft butter
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 12 blocks full cream chocolate
- In a small saucepan, melt the chopped chocolate with the cream and butter over a low heat, stirring continuously.
- Once all the ingredients have amalgamated, remove it from the heat and transfer the melted chocolate to a freezer proof bowl.
- Allow to cool, then place in the freezer for about 30-45 mins, until the chocolate has solidified.
- Spoon into 12 portions and roll each one into a ball. Place them in the fridge.
- Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder together in a bowl.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together in a bigger bowl, until the texture is light and creamy.
- Beat in the egg, then stir in the food colourant and vanilla extract.
- On a low speed, beat in half of the dry ingredients, then half the buttermilk, repeating the process. Half fill the prepared cupcake holders with batter.
- Drop a refrigerated chocolate ball into the center of each holder, then top them up with the remaining batter.
- Bake in a preheated, 180° C oven, for 15-20 mins.
- Remove them from the oven and allow to cool before icing.
- Using an electric mixer, beat together, the butter, icing sugar and cream cheese until the icing is light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Spoon the icing sugar into a piping bag and using a circular motion, pipe the top of each cupcake. Push a block of chocolate into the icing and decorate with an edible flower (optional).