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Devil's Food Cupcakes

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Category: Holiday, Kids, Cakes

 Ingredients List

  • 140g good quality dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups cake flour (though it works perfectly well with plain / all-purpose flour as well)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda / bicarb soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 120g unsalted butter, diced and at room temperature
  • 360g caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Cream filling ingredients
  • 1 cup double cream (45% fat)
  • 1/2 vanilla pod or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C, then put the chocolate, vanilla, cocoa powder and buttermilk in a heatproof jug and mix together over a bain-marie till the chocolate is completely melted and incorporated.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time, making sure you beat well after each addition. Set aside and sift together the flour and baking soda.

3. Once the mixture is fluffy and pale golden, beat in the buttermilk mixture and the flour till everything has been evenly mixed in and the mixture as the texture of barely whipped cream (the mixture should be light, thick and liquid without being completely watery)

4. Fill your cupcake cases 1/3 full (the mixture will approximately double in size after baking), and bake for 15 minutes or till a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out with moist (but not wet) crumbs).

5. The cupcakes can be kept in an airtight container for 3-4 days unfilled, and should only be filled the day they will be served.
To make the filling, beat the cream with the vanilla and sugar till you have soft peaks, then fill a piping bag with a filling tip (such as Wilton #230), push the tip right to the bottom of the cupcake and slowly fill the cupcake while pulling the tip up.

6. You”™ll feel the pressure push against the piping tip as you go and make sure you don”™t attempt to overfill in case the top of the cupcake explodes with cream! Once the cupcakes are filled, you can either top them with chocolate ganache or this lovely chocolate buttercream!

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