For those of you with reservations about baking something special for loved ones this Valentine’s Day, Kenwood Chef have put together some video tutorials to show you how easy it is. Chocolate cupcakes are a favourite in my house and always a winner no matter the occasion.
Follow along to the video to make your own delicious chocolaty treats.
And here’s the recipe:
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Level 1
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4
- Ensure that your ingredients and equipment are at room temperature to reduce the risk of the mixture curdling.
- Place the butter and sugar into your mixer bowl and using the creaming beater cream on medium speed until it becomes thick and creamy.
- Beat the eggs to together, reduce the speed of the mixer and gradually add the eggs. Ensure that each addition of the eggs is properly incorporated before adding the next amount of the eggs. Add a teaspoon of the flour after each amount of egg is added.
- Once the eggs have been incorporated add the flour, cocoa and baking powder and continue to mix together
- Place twelve paper cases into a muffin tray then divide the mixture evenly between them.
- Bake for approximately 12 – 15 minutes until they spring back when lightly pressed.
For the chocolate Icing:
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water; ensuring the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
- Place the butter into your mixer bowl and using the creaming beater cream the butter on medium speed until it becomes paler in colour.
- Add the icing sugar slowly and mix to combine. Ensure your splashguard is in place to avoid the icing sugar escaping from the bowl.
- When the icing sugar and butter are combined, mix in the melted chocolate until it is an even colour.
- Spoon the icing into an icing bag, and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.
- Decorate with your chosen decorations.
And if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, why not try Tiramisu to complete a romantic Italian inspired meal. Kenwood Chef makes it easy!
*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I have not personally tried this recipe, however I do use a Kenwood Chef mixer and kMix hand mixer that I purchased myself.
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ChuckleMonster is a great option for those who want to personalise cards with their loved one’s name or by uploading an image to create an extra special Valentine’s photo card.
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** This is a review for ChuckleMonster, who provided me with free cards to review for Valentine’s Day. All opinions are my own**
English Mum is hosting a ‘Baked With Love Bakeoff’ and now that Owen, my brand new oven, is in full effect, I had to get involved. I like making Valentine’s day treats for my sweeties and wanted to do something new, so I tried Red Velvet Cupcakes. I have seen many recipes for Red Velvet Cake, all of which use quite a bit of red food colouring, but the one from Eric Lanlard’s Home Bake is one that does not. It’s an American style recipe which relies on the chemical reaction between baking soda and white wine vinegar to create the ‘red’ effect.
It was more like a science experiment than baking, but that was part of the fun.
It started out like your everyday cake mixture using the creaming method: butter, sugar, cocoa…
Then alternately add buttermilk and flour…
But with this mixture you combine baking soda and white wine vinegar. Vinegar in cupcakes?! okaay…
Then keep mixing until it becomes a glossy mixture…
I filled each cupcake cup halfway and popped them in the new oven. (Affectionately named Owen thanks to the suggestion of Leah and Phil).
Et voila… Cupcakes! They didn’t come out as red as I anticipated, but they taste amazing and are actually really velvety in texture.
As these cakes are celebrating Valentine’s Day, I decorated them with marshmallow topping (mini G’s favourite) and heart shaped sprinkles.
And they went down a treat with the little love of my life – mini G…