Christmas Light Chocolate Cupcakes

Christmas baking, round two! I’ve seen this decorating idea all over Pinterest and thought it was adorable. This is the last of the baking before I head to Canada (much to my partner’s dismay), but stay tuned for plenty more posts from a new kitchen for the holiday season.

I have made this chocolate cupcake recipe a few times, but this time I halved it. The cake has a dark chocolate – not too sweet – flavour, making it the perfect pairing for sweet buttercream and crunchy m&m’s.

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Makes 6 cupcakes

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/8 tsp. baking powder
3/8 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 large egg (or 1 small)
1/4 cup milk
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup boiling water

Line muffin tin and preheat oven to 350F (180C).
In a large bowl, mix together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder,baking soda, and salt.
Add egg, milk, oil, and vanilla and beat for 1-2 minutes.
Stir in the boiling water. This will make the batter thin.
Fill liners 2/3 full and bake 15-20 minutes.
Cool on wire racks.

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Adding half an egg is tricky. This is what happens when you have too much raising agent! #icingcoversallsins

Decorating:

Basic Buttercream: (for 6 cupcakes)

1/4 cup butter softened
1-2 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. milk

Beat the butter and add in the vanilla. Add 1 cup of icing sugar and beat; then add the milk. Add additional icing sugar as needed to make a creamy consistency.

Pipe using a wide-tip nozzle.

Chocolate Drizzle
I used a few squares of dark chocolate melted for the drizzle to make the Christmas light wire. *This was a bit fiddly as the chocolate kept getting stuck in the piping bag tip and coming out in blobs. I suggest getting a small tube of black decorating icing instead, if you can find it.

Use m&ms (or similar candy) for the Christmas lights!

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