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Red velvet cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.

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    Cupcakes are certainly all the rage at the moment, and who could resist these red velvet cupcakes with luscious cream cheese icing? Mine are slightly different from other versions as I prefer to use sour cream and chocolate rather than buttermilk and cocoa and much less red food colouring than most recipes require. I also add cranberries — but if you prefer you can leave these out.

    Its quite fun to wrap your cupcakes in beautifully designed cupcake wrappers (take a look at www.squires-shop.com). These would make any tea party a special event.

    Suitable for freezing without the icing. Makes 12 cupcakes

    Ingredients
    ● 55g Bournville chocolate
    ● 55g softened butter
    ● 65g dark brown sugar
    ● 2 large eggs
    ● 4 tbsp soured cream
    ● 80g self-raising flour
    ● 1 tsp baking powder
    ● Pinch of salt
    ● 30g dried cranberries, tossed in a little self-raising flour to coat
    ● 2 tsp red food colouring

    For the frosting
    ● 2 vanilla pods
    ● 200g softened butter
    ● 250g cream cheese
    ● 400g sieved icing sugar

    Method
    ● Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C fan 180C.
    ● Melt the Bournville chocolate in a bowl over a pan of just simmering water until melted.
    ● Put the remaining ingredients into the bowl of an electric mixer and mix together until just combined. ● Then fold the cranberries into this mixture before adding the melted chocolate.
    ● Spoon into 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin lined with paper cases. Bake for 20 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.
    ● Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    ● To make the frosting, slit the vanilla pods with a sharp knife and crape the seeds from the pods into a bowl, then add the butter and cream cheese.
    ● Beat well, then gradually add the sugar 4 tablespoons at a time until the icing is smooth.
    ● Once the cakes are cool, pipe the icing on top of the cakes using a large star nozzle.
    ● If you like you can decorate them with mini heart shaped cookies and redcurrants.

    Annabel Karmel

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