Reese Chocolate Cupcakes

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Good evening everyone, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend doing what ever it is you do to relax and have fun. I took the weekend off and had some much needed R&R after what has been a crazy couple of weeks. It finally caught up with me so I literally just vegged out on the sofa, you know as Julia Roberts says in Pretty Woman – “lay like broccoli” and that’s what I did.

Last week, while on my baking roll, my husband (I get such excitement calling him that, we just got married in the summer and its the best feeling ever!!), well, he requested his favourite treat of all to be picked up at the local shop – Reese’s, and because I was in a baking mood, I decided to give these cupcakes a go. Bless him, he’s been asking for these for ages so I finally gave in.

If you are a lover of all things peanut butter like he is, then you are going to peanut heaven when you taste these. The peanut buttercream is soft and fluffy, the chocolate cupcake is what dreams are made of, and not forgetting the Reese cup inside?!?!?!?! OMG these are the ultimate dessert!!

When making these, I prefer to use Panda Smooth Peanut Butter, which I picked up in my local Tescos. The smooth one is best because when piping on the buttercream, theres no peanut bits that will get stuck in your piping bag causing a blockage. I’m sure if you used a large enough nozzle or even better none at all, then you could use whatever one you wanted. But for me, I prefer the smooth one either way.

My recipe makes 12 Reese Cupcakes, so if you want less just halve the recipe but believe me, if like me you have a full house with guests all the time (its because I’m a baker, everyone knows theres always something nice going to be here for them, lol) then you will need the 12. So what are we waiting for, right? Let’s get to it.

Recipe: Yields 12

For the Cupcakes:

150g Caster Sugar

150g Flora Buttery or Margarine

3 Medium Eggs (at room temperature)

120g Self Raising Flour

30g Cocoa Powder

1tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Buttercream:

115g Butter (at room temperature)

180g Peanut Butter

85g Icing Sugar

Method:

For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC/ Gas Mark 5
  2. Line your cupcake tins with 12 cupcake liners.
  3. Using your stand mixer, or hand whisk, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy,
  4. Add in the eggs, one at a time until all three are combined. (You may need to add some flour if the mix begins to separate)
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and cocoa powder with a wooden spoon until combined.
  6. Sieve your flour mix into the butter mix slowly, leaving the mixer on low speed until fully combined.
  7. Pour in the vanilla essence and mix for one more minute.
  8. Using a tablespoon, fill the cupcake liners half way and then place a full Reese into each cupcake. Do not push them in, just gently allow them to sit on top of the cupcake mix, as it will sink slightly itself. Then using equal amounts, pour the remaining mix into each cupcake covering the Reese completely.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until risen well and springy to the touch.
  10. Place on a cooling rack and allow to cool.

For the buttercream:

  1. Cream the butter and peanut butter on a slow speed together until completely combined.
  2. Then slowly sieve in the icing sugar, allowing it to mix thoroughly each time.
  3. When the icing sugar is fully added into the mix, turn the mixer to a high speed and allow to mix for approx. 3-5 minutes. The mixing time will depend on the temperature of the butter. If at room temp, then it will be ready in approx. 3 minutes, if the butter is cold it will take longer. You will know when the buttercream is ready as the colour fades slightly and it will be light and fluffy.
  4. When the cupcakes have completely cooled, then using a piping bag and piping tip, swirl the buttercream on top of each one in a circular motion.

Finally, enjoy these babies with a cuppa and spread the love to family and friends. These are sure to be a huge hit and be prepared to be asked to bake them again, and again, and AGAIN!!!

Enjoy baking my lovelies and let me know how you got on if you gave them a go. Who am I kidding, let me know WHEN you give these a go.

Jen ♥ xx

 

My Top 5 Gifts For A Caker

Can you believe its only 87 more days until CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!! It’s my favourite time of year and also my busiest time of year with chocolate biscuit puddings, fruit cakes, etc and I am so excited. Today I was asked by my younger sister what I would like for Christmas (she’s crazy, already on the prowl for gifts) and it got me thinking……….What would I like?!?! Hmmmm so I got googling and I came across some amazing gifts that would suit any caker, especially if they’re as cake mad as I am.

Here’s what I found……

  1. These are definitely my Number 1 gift. I absolutely adore shoes, what girl doesn’t. Being a cake decorator means I work most weekends, especially those late Friday and Saturday nights, icing cakes, decorating, screaming, crying, you’ll know what I’m taking about if you’re a caker, so to get to my point- I have lots of beautiful shoes THAT I NEVER GET TO WEAR, but, can you picture me decorating cakes in these babies? Yes, they are high heels decorated as icecream, don’t they just make you want to eat that cherry right off?  It would make it all seem so much more worthwhile if I had these. They are made by the fabulous and innovative guys at Shoe Bakery!!!! Check them out they have amazing stuff on there. Which brings me to my Number 2.ice-cream-heels
  2. And while we’re on their fabulous site, why not get a matching bag? I mean it would be rude not to don’t you think?!?!?!?!? This Limited Edition White Sprinkle Bowler Bag is totally fashionable, even for non-cakers. It’s a must have for me.

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3. And look what else I’ve found which is also matching…..Yes, its an Icecream Cone Phone Cover from the incredibly clever guys over on Iced Jems. How cute is this? Would I use this? Hell yeah, its totally awesome. It may not be the right time of year to sport this phone cover, but who cares? A girl can dream, or so they say!

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4. My next gift worthy of my top 5 are these super cute keyrings from Laduree. I completely and utterly love French Macarons, they come in such a vast range of flavours I love love love to make them. They can be quite tricky to make, of course, they tend to drive people to near insanity trying to perfect these temperamental little treats, but when you have them mastered, you will acquire a deep affection for them just as I have.  You can read my blog and tutorial on Macarons here.

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5. And so this brings me to my last, but not least gift number 5….

I get such a thrill from trying new recipes, and one day would love to write my own Cake Book. This would be absolutely perfect for anyone who like me, loves to bake and try out new recipes and also come up with your own. So what better way than to keep record of them in this cute little recipe book, and who knows, maybe one day publish your very own!! It can be bought here from Paperchase online.

recipe-book

So there you have it. My top 5 gifts for a caker, baker, or basically anyone who swoons over sugar and spice and all things nice!! For my sister, husband, friends, if ever you get a burning desire to buy me a gift……be sure to check off my list first.

Jen ♥ xx