Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Chocolate violet cupcakes.

Taking the subtle flavour of the classic violet sweet and smothering it over a dainty chocolate fairy cake, this delightfully sweet recipe makes for a lovely treat with the tasty flavour of the parma violet sweet!

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)
  60g margarine
  140g caster sugar
  1 large egg
  120g self raising flour
  20g cocoa powder
  1 tsp baking powder
  100ml lactose free milk

For the frosting
  80g margarine
  160g icing sugar
  1 tsp violet flavouring
  dash of red and blue food colouring
  edible sprinkles to decorate

Pre heat the oven to 170c/150c fan/gas mark 3 and place the cupcake cases onto a tray.

Cream together the margarine and sugar till pale and fluffy, then add the egg and whisk to mix.

Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and mix, this will form a very stiff mixture at this stage, so don't worry! Then add in the lactose free milk, you can use ordinary milk if you prefer, it won't effect the recipe at all. Stir to combine, and you'll be left with a lovely, light and chocolatey mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the cases, filling each around halfway, then bake for 15 minutes till risen.

Place the cupcakes on a wire rack to cool whilst you prepare the frosting.

Mix together the margarine with half of the icing sugar till combined, then sift in the remaining icing sugar and mix. Add in the flavouring, I used Lakeland's natural Violet flavouring, I found that 10-12 drops gave the mixture a nice flavour, whisk to blend.

Next, you'll need to add the food colouring to create a lovely violet tinge to the frosting, I used Sugarflair's Ice Blue and Red Velvet gel food colourings, adding a dab of each to create the lilac shade. Give the frosting a good whisk to ensure that the colouring is fully combined, then spoon the mixture into a piping bag.

I used my trusty favourite star nozzle to create the pretty piped effect, simply pipe swirls of frosting on top of each cupcake, then finish off with a sprinkling of lilac or purple edible glitter.

A lovely sweet and light bake, don't be scared by the addition of just one egg in this recipe, the addition of the baking powder will help that rise along perfectly, resulting in lovely cupcakes. The chocolate flavour goes perfectly with the violet, for a lovely, sweet treat.