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September 21, 2014 / Cake / By
Nicola

'Chocolate cupcake with red frosting' by m01229 via Flickr

 

To celebrate National Cupcake Week, what better way to spend the weekend than taking up position in the kitchen and baking? For many, cupcakes are the first introduction to baking - both the making and the eating! Children seem to love these small, simple, sweet goods. Cupcakes make the ideal baking project to get kids involved with, so gather your troops in the kitchen to get started!

The beauty of this recipe is that it uses the microwave instead of the oven. Although this is a slightly unconventional method, it's unbelievably easy. The best bit? You and your little ones can have a whole batch of cupcakes ready in the space of just a few minutes!

This recipe will make about 24 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

115g self-raising flour

50g soft brown sugar

1 tbsp cocoa powder

pinch of salt

50g butter

1 egg

small amount of milk

Method:

1. In a large bowl, sift the flour, the cocoa powder and the salt. Using your hands, rub the butter into this mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Next, pour in the sugar and stir well.

2. Lightly beat the egg, and stir it into the mixture. Finally, add a little milk. There is no exact science to this - it's merely a matter of using your own judgement. Just add enough that the resulting mixture is smooth and light enough to pour.

3. Take some paper cupcake cases and place them in a muffin pan. This muffin pan should be small enough to fit in a microwave, and made from a suitable material. Usually, tins which hold six muffins/cupcakes are about the right size. Spoon some of the mixture into each cupcake case; each one should be about half to two thirds full.

4. Place the tray in the microwave and heat it on full power for two minutes. After this time, remove the cases containing the cupcakes from the tray, and place them on a wire rack to cool. Repeat the process with any remaining cupcake mixture, until you have used it all.

5. Leave the cupcakes to cool before you decorate them. You can do so using glacé icing, buttercream icing, whipped cream, or just about anything else that you and your kids can come up with! Of course, you don't just have to make chocolate versions - these can be any flavour you like. Use your imagination and enjoy this batch of cupcakes which you have made in a matter of minutes!


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