Ok, I wasn't reeeeeaaaaalllly hungover (no headache, just a tad sleep deprived haha). Had a couple of friends over the other night while hubby was out of town - a bit of a girls night... wine, singstar, wine, Just Dance, wine... you get the drift haha. One friend stayed over (as she doesn't live local) and the next morning I had the hankering to make cupcakes.
I thought I would team my urge to bake with my urge to try new recipes each week. Which was great. I found the most fantastic recipe. Like, seriously, amazing. I actually fell asleep dreaming about the cupcakes last night, they were that yummy. And they only use very basic ingredients (I'm all for recipes that mean I don't need a trip to the shops first!). So soft, so moist, so so so delish.
I have learnt I am a TERRIBLE decorator when I have had minimal boozy sleep. Therefore I cannot show you photos of my work, be too embarrassing haha. We had a piping bag spring leaks everywhere, and in the end I just "knifed it" (spread it on with a knife). My baking is rarely all that well presented as it is, but these took the cake haha.
But I shall share with you the recipe. Again, the only alterations I made were dairy free substitutes in place of milk. This was a Pinterest find... I didn't make the icing on this recipe, I made up a choc-peppermint buttercream icing to go on top. Oh, I lie, I also used less sugar because it felt very wrong using more sugar than flour - and they are most definitely more than sweet enough, I'll add a note below.. And also, these stuck like buggery to my silicone cupcake cups, NOTHING before has stuck to them. Best bake them using paper liners.
The Yummiest Scrummiest Chocolate Cupcakes courtesy of Glorious Treats
BEWARE - this makes 24 -27 standard cupcakes... I wish I had read that first as I would have halved the recipe hahaha
2 cups sugar (I used 1.5 cups)
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk (Fine with rice milk)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Line muffin tin with paper liners. Heat oven to 180*c
In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for one minute.
Stir in boiling water (the batter will be thin, don't worry, this is right).
Fill liners 2/3 full with batter.
Bake cupcakes for approximately 22-24 minutes.
Cool completely on wire rack before icing.
Make them. You won't regret it.