Aren’t edible gifts always the best? If you answered ‘no’ you’re a liar. Or perhaps I need to be more specific? So, i’ll ask you again
Aren’t edible CUPCAKE gifts the best?
Of course the answer is yes! Cupcakes make a fabulous gift if you’ve only got a couple of hours to rustle up a gift for an impromptu (or forgotten!) birthday or celebration. They’re also super budget friendly which is a big plus for me these days and did I mention that they’re delicious? All you have to do is pipe a pretty swirl and garnish with sprinkles of your choice and your friends and family will love you forever. Because, sprinkles.
These cupcakes are a cinch and don’t really take that long to make. They just use your standard chocolate cake mix and you get a little gift yourself when you lick the spoon after filling up the patty cases. And don’t pretend that you don’t do that. Because we all know that is a big fat lie.
Although you may want to consider just filling up those cases seeing as they make such perfect chocolatey domes when they’re cooked. Soft, spongy, chocolatey goodness.
Topped with chocolate buttercream and sprinkles, these babies are seriously the best.
Particularly when you package them in a cute cardboard box and turn up on a friend or family member’s doorstep with them!
So, I know that i’ve probably used the word ‘cute’ way too many times in this post but really, can you blame me? What do you do when you’ve forgotten that you need to get someone a gift? Or are you super organised and that’s never happened to you? If so, tell me your secret!
Chocolate Cupcake Recipe – From The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
40g unsalted butter
120 ml full cream milk
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
1. Mix dry ingredients with the butter until the mixture gains a sandy consistency
2. Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla together and pour half into the flour mix and beat to combine
3. Mix in he rest of the milk mixture and beat until smooth
4. Fill patty cases two thirds full and bake for 20-25 mins at 170 degrees celsius
5. Cool before icing
Chocolate Buttercream Recipe
300g icing sugar
100g unsalted butter
40g cocoa powder
40 ml full cream milk
1. Beat icing sugar, cocoa and butter until smooth
2. Slowly add the milk then turn the mixer to high speed and beat until light and fluffy
3. Ice Ice Baby!