They didn't look as good as I'd hoped but for a first attempt they will suffice. However the taste made up for the slightly sloppy appearance. I mean how do you make a cupcake better... that's right! Dip it in chocolate!
Here they are:
And in the middle: Peanut butter frosting:
First I started out with some basic chocolate cupcakes. I did my usual trick of bumping into the oven and accidentally turning it up - go me. Good job I noticed in time and turned it down before they burnt. You can find the recipe for them here.
Then to make the peanut butter frosting I blended
A big heaped tablespoon of smooth peanut butter
250g Icing Sugar
Then pipe this on top of your cooled cakes. Now the important bit. Put the frosted cakes in the freezer to chill. this will help keep the icing in one piece and attached to the cake when dipping. (I learnt the hard way not to be impatient with this stage)
Whilst the cakes are in the freezer melt some chocolate in a bowl over a pan of water (I used about 300g chocolate and this was enough for 6 cakes.) Then pour the melted chocolate into something deep enough to dip the icing. I used a wide brimmed hi-ball glass. leave this to cool for a little bit so the chocolate doesn't instantly melt the icing. I found the chocolate I used (it wasn't the best quality chocolate) was a little thick so I used a teaspoon of milk to thin it a little.
Then comes the nerve wracking bit. Take a cupcake, and holding it upside down dip it in the chocolate and lift out. Twist the cake so any excess chocolate dips off and then leave to chill till the chocolate sets.
I really wish I would have got boyfriend to take pictures of the cake being dipped but I was to busy panicking everything would go wrong.
I also made some diddy tiny versions, I don't know why everything is just cuter tiny!
When I ran out of peanut butter frosting I frosted some cakes with chocolate butter cream then drizzled some with caramel coloured white chocolate and dipped some in it. The white chocolate was a bit thicker so slightly smooshed the icing down as it coated it.
Ok so confession, the chocolate wasn't meant to be caramel coloured it was originally plain white but I spilled a tiny bit of cocoa powder in it. Ooops! I don't have a picture of these cut in half as I'm saving them for tomorrow.
And that's it! Not the highest or neatest of high hat cupcakes but the taste definitely makes up for it. The peanut butter frosted ones work perfectly with the sweetness of the chocolate and the slightly salty peanut butter taste of the frosting. I think they are boyfriends new favorite and I'm definitely going to be trying them again to see if I can improve.
I've linked this post up to a great blog that lets bloggers post all their yummy sweet treats they've made this week if your ever looking for hundreds of ideas for cakes just look here
Any way that's it for now.