Black Forest Cupcakes….

Black Forest Cupcakes….

Extra special!!
Remember those towering chocolate layer cakes served in posh hotels back in the 70s, this simplified cup cake version is just as delicious but much easier.

Makes 12


Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes



Cakes:

  • 100 g (4 oz) soft margarine
  • 100 g (4 oz) caster sugar
  • 85 g (3½ oz) self-raising flour
  • 15 g (½ oz) cocoa
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Topping:

  • 300 g (11 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed, fruit halved
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1½ teaspoons cornflour
  • 100 g (4 oz) butter, at room temperature
  • 200 g (7 oz) icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon semi skimmed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons Kirsch, optional




Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. 
  2. Separate 12 silver foil cake cases and arrange in the sections of a muffin tin.
  3. Add all the cake ingredients to a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until smooth. 
  4. Divide spoonfuls between the foil cake cases, smooth the tops level then bake for about 15 minutes until well risen and the tops spring back when pressed with a fingertip.
  5. Transfer the cakes in their cases to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  6. Meanwhile make the cherry topping by adding the cherries, sugar and 5 tablespoons of water to a saucepan, simmer gently for 5 minutes until the cherries begin to soften and the juices run. 
  7. Mix the cornflour with the remaining tablespoon of water then stir into the cherries, increase the heat and cook, stirring until the sauce has thickened. 
  8. Take off the heat and leave to cool.
  9. Beat the butter with half the icing sugar until smooth then gradually beat in the remaining sugar, milk and the vanilla, beating until very soft and smooth. 
  10. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle.


When ready to serve:

  • Skewer the top of the cakes and drizzle the kirsch over the top, if using. 
  • Pipe a ring of butter-cream around the edge of each cake then carefully spoon the cherry mixture into the centre and arrange on a serving plate.

Recipe and photo credits-  Seasonal Berries

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15 Comments

  1. Words Of Deliciousness
    August 5, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    This cupcake looks yummy. Such a beautiful photo.

    • Clairejustine
      August 10, 2012 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Winnie
    August 5, 2012 / 8:32 pm

    These cupcakes are sooooooooooo cuteI'll bet they're delicious as they look :)Pinned

    • Clairejustine
      August 10, 2012 / 6:50 pm

      Thanks for the pinning Winnie 🙂

  3. einfachtilda
    August 5, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    Ich werde hier schon immer vom Anschauen dick *ggg*..LG Mathilda

    • Clairejustine
      August 10, 2012 / 6:51 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Tito Eric
    August 5, 2012 / 10:41 pm

    This is Food Photography at its best! Marvelous composition and the colors complement one another. You may have known about it already, but just in case not:http://www.crispphotoworks.com/where-to-share-your-food-photos/As for the cupcake … my mouth is watering :)Cheers! Enjoy this splendid Monday morning.Tito Eric of Panglao Island

    • Clairejustine
      August 10, 2012 / 6:51 pm

      Thanks for the comment,credits go to seasonal berries 🙂

  5. Garden Tea Cakes and Me
    August 6, 2012 / 6:23 pm

    Looks simply beautiful and delicious 🙂

    • Clairejustine
      August 10, 2012 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Clairejustine
    August 10, 2012 / 6:52 pm

    Thank you

  7. Only Best For Baby
    August 11, 2012 / 9:54 am

    They look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Clairejustine
      August 11, 2012 / 7:52 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  8. Tatlı tarifleri
    August 16, 2012 / 6:24 pm

    i like it. i am tatlı tarifleri.

    • Clairejustine
      August 17, 2012 / 7:27 am

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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