First thing you need are these:
These are a pair of hands of a child (you might want to keep them attached to the relevant child, preferably your own).
Secondly you will need one of these:
This is a jar of cupcake ingredients. It has everything you need to create chocolate brownie cupcakes (except the butter, eggs, and the icing sugar for the frosting). It’s dead easy to make these things. First you pop off the lid and remove the chocolate chips and put them in a bowl:
Ensure the child doesn’t eat the chocolate chips during this critical transitioning process – do not leave the chocolate chips or the child unattended at any point. Add some butter to the chocolate chips and melt over a pan of simmering water:
Now add all the dry ingredients to a big bowl:
An egg (and some vanilla essence, forgot to mention that earlier) is required at this point:
Then we add the chocolate creation. I reckon at least 90% of it made it into the big bowl…
Next some serious stirring is required. We don’t own a KitchenAid, or a even a decent electric whisk (it burned out I think). What we do own is a child with solid arms and a wooden spoon. It’s all you need!
Once reasonably mixed, transfer the chocolate gloop into cupcake liners, thus:
Transfer to the oven for 15 mins or so (turn it on first):
That one in the bottom left corner looks a bit sad but it turned out just fine….
Once cooked remove from the tray and leave to cool.
Prepare the icing – a block of butter (good grief) and the same weight of icing sugar (that’s basically half a pound each!). Combine both (we used the half-dead electric whisk for this stage):
Transfer the creamy badness to a piping bag:
Now carefully pipe the cream on top of the cakes. Or rush it – we need to eat these things quick before the cookie monster gets them:
Finally sprinkle on the hundreds and thousands provided (cleverly enclosed in the top of the jar):
Now it just remains for us to test out our cupcake creations:
Chewy moist chocolatey delights. Not bad at all, while we wait for petit4chocolatier to return from it’s (hopefully short) haitus – that blog was the Queen of cupcake creation – where has it gone?!