Seen as it is National Cupcake Week (always some national food day at the moment) I thought I would bake….you guessed it….cupcakes!!!! I was thinking of what sort I could do and then remembered I had a pouch of Dr Oetker Cupcake Centres (I might not be able to pronounce it but I’ve made sure I’ve spelt it correctly 🙂 ). Now, what flavour combination of cake and icing to do? No doubt about it, chocolate cupcakes and caramel buttercream icing. I will admit, I may have got a little inspiration for my decorations from an Afternoon Tea I went to on Saturday afternoon. As a group, we were provided with 8 different cupcake flavours. 8 I tell you!! I chose the Reese’s Peanut Butter cupcake (chocolate cake with a peanut butter centre, chocolate buttercream and half a Reese’s cup). I brought home for Mr W Millionaire Shortbread cupcake (vanilla cake with a caramel centre, vanilla buttercream and a mini millionaire shortbread). So, this got me thinking about how to decorate mine. Then I spotted them, real fudge pieces. I adorned the top of each with a triangle of fudge. For a change, I was able to give some cupcakes to my mum for her to take to work and I have sent Mr W to his quiz tonight with a few for his team. Hopefully they went down well.
Now, I’m not going to give a recipe for this bake. Just choose your favourite chocolate cupcake recipe and your favourite buttercream recipe (adding caramel flavouring if you wish). I found the filling pouch a little strange. You just stick the nozzle into the middle of your still warm cupcakes. No removing a bit of cake is required. I can’t understand how the filling gets in (surely the nozzle is blocked with cake?) but I did manage to get a salted caramel centre. The cupcake recipe I used made denser, brownie like cake. I would have preferred a lighter cake but that’s just preference. I think I also prefer my usual method of using a cupcake corer to fill my cupcakes as I can see how much I am putting in each (also feels a bit more home made).
I may not have a recipe for you but I do have a picture 🙂