Serendipity. Great word, right?
It’s the word that describes you getting a cake mix in a goody bag on the same day as your new teacup cupcake cases arrive.
So, after a very busy weekend, Dimples and I got down to a bit of baking on Monday. After scanning the QR code, I discovered that my cake mix originated with Appliances Online’s blog, where I also found the full ingredient list and instructions about a baking competition*.
I added the dry mix to the bowl, along with:
- 30g cocoa powder
- 2 medium eggs
- 120g melted butter
- 3 tbsp milk
Then I left Dimples to mix it all together. After that, it went into the cups and baked in the oven at 160C for 12 minutes. Bear in mind you need space in the top of your cake cases for the very ‘wet’ icing at the end, so don’t overfill the cases.
Whilst they were baking, I made a coffee sugar syrup from a double espresso (about 8oml) and 1/3 cup sugar. Warm in a pan until the sugar has dissolved, then increase the heat and simmer until the syrup has thickened (ie: whilst your cakes are in the oven.)
When you take the cakes from the oven, stab repeatedly with a toothpick, then drizzle over a good teaspoon or so of syrup. Leave to cool.
For the cappuccino topping, you need something really light. I freely admit that whilst I really wanted to make marshmallow frosting, small children and melted sugar spells disaster, so I cheated and used Betty Crocker ready-made frosting. I put half a tub into a dish and whisked it to within an inch of it’s life with the remainder of the sugar syrup. If you whisk it for about ten minutes, it will double in size, which gives the light foamy top that is synomymous with a cappuccino. The wetness of the topping will only stay on top of the cakes with the help of the cupcake case itself, hence the need for space in the top of your case.
Anyway, spoon on the cappuccino topping and smooth down, dust with cocoa powder and serve.
DH absolutely adored them and has requested them again, so I imagine I shall not be as in love with them in a few weeks as I am now. But I really enjoy the combination of the chocolate and coffee, the lightness of the topping, the cute factor. Tell me you love the cases too?
*I should like to say that I wasn’t originally going to enter the competition due to the way the winner would have been chosen. I don’t like voting competitions, because they are inherently popularity contests. Appliances Online have altered their judging plans in response to other bloggers’ concerns.