I love baking but at this time of year my baking addiction goes up a notch, theres something so cosy about doing some baking during the festivities and I thoroughly enjoyed baking these Yule Log cupcakes and just had to share them with you all. If your a chocolate lover then your definitely going to want to bake some of these, their made up of a gorgeous chocolate sponge, filled with yummy cream just like a standard yule log then finished off with a chocolate icing, whats not to love!
What You Will Need For The Cupcake Batter
4 tbsp Boiling Water
40g Cocoa Powder
175g Unsalted Butter
165g Caster Sugar
115g Self-Raising Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder (rounded)
Cream Filling (Optional)
300ml Double Cream
2tsp Vanilla Extract
What You Will Need For The Chocolate Icing
60g Unsalted Butter
30g Cocoa Powder
1-2 tbsp Milk
250g Icing Sugar
Cadburys Flakes For Decoration
How To - Cupcakes
1. Line a muffin tin with paper cases and pre-heat your oven to 200°C (400°F, Gas mark 6).
2. Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl and then add in the four tablespoons of boiling water and mix into a thick paste.
3. Once you have turned your cocoa powder into a thick paste add in all the remaining cake ingredients and mix with an electric whizzer!
4. Spoon the cupcake batter into the cupcake cases until they are 3/4 full and bake for around 12-15 minutes.
How To - Cream Filling
1. The cream filling is optional but if you want a proper yule log cupcakes then you've got to fill them with some yummy cream, it so easy too! All you need to do is whip the cream up with the vanilla extract until you have stiff peaks.
2. Once your cream is ready pop it into a piping bag, then core out the centre of each cupcake either with an apple corer or a knife and fill the centre with cream then pop the little roof of the cupcake back on ready for icing!
How To - Icing
1. To make the chocolate icing all you need to do is melt the butter and pour it into a bowl, then sift in the cocoa powder and the icing sugar adding a little at a time so you don't get the dreaded icing sugar cloud, if the icing is too thick you can add a little milk until you get your desired consistency .
2. Once everything is all whizzed together and smooth just pipe or spread on the icing and add some decorations, I opted for a sprinkling of icing sugar because all yule logs have a sprinkling of icing sugar don't they, and I cut up some cadburys flakes and popped them on the top as they remind me of little yule logs and voila!
My goodness these cupcakes are such a treat, and they are the best chocolate cupcakes I've ever made even if I do say so myself, the sponge is so light and bouncy and the icing piped just perfect, yum yum yum! Obviously your going to want to eat these up pretty quickly because they contain fresh cream but they will keep for a couple of days in the fridge, that's if they last that long he he.
What will you be baking over the festive season beaut's? I'd love to know!