We love baking in our house – in fact, we love cooking full stop, and 99% of our meals are cooked from scratch! Baking gives an extra excitement (and is BRILLIANT to fill the lunch boxes too!) so when the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community, that I have just become part of, set a Creative Cupcake challenge I knew we would be perfect forthe job… (that, and I was really eager to try and make some Rocky Road cupcakes like the ones I had seen in our local garden centre recently and had be nagged to buy for the boys!).
Our first challenge was to visit our local supermarket, which just happened to be Sainsbury’s, to buy the ingredients we would need for the job! We had a really good trip on a sunny Saturday morning and, armed with a comprehensive list, managed to get everything we needed… and more!
With plenty of help and lots to choose from, you can see our full shop in detail in our Creative Cupcake Shop Google+ album!
As we had decided to make Rock Road cupcakes, most of our shopping (well, the exciting bits) were Rocky Road toppings which for us included Rolos, white and milk chocolate buttons, mini marshmallows and a bar of chocolate to melt and drizzle over the top! We also bought baking margarine, caster sugar, vanilla essence, icing sugar eggs and cupcake cases… we had plenty of flour and cocoa already at home!
Though I had a recipe in mind for the chocolate cake, this was a bit of an experiment for us, trying to create something inspired by a cupcake we had seen… so it was a rather exciting project to get started on… and as ever, the WHOLE family got involved – but I guess that’s why I love baking so much!
For the cake part I turned to my favourite basic cake recipe book! My Sister-in-Law sent it to me from Australia and it has some FAB ideas for children’s parties and party themes… but also some great and reliable recipes for basic cakes, and I knew the rich chocolate cake recipe would be perfect as the mixture for the cupcakes!
This is how to make a Rocky Road cupcake…
First take your flour and cocoa powder. I chose the McDougalls Supreme Sponge Premium Self Raising Flour only because it was actually recently in the sale at Sainsburys at 10p a bag – yes, 10p… so I took advantage and stocked up! I have to say it is a great quality flour too and I have made so really light cakes using it!
Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Then add the rest of the ingredients:
the vanilla extract…
and the caster sugar!
Crack the eggs into a small bowl first (to avoid any bits of added shell)…then add those and the water to the mixture too!
Whisk the mixture with an electric whisk ideally, slowly at first then gradually a little faster, for around 3 minutes until the mixture is well combined, smooth and a little paler in colour!
Then divide the mixture between the cases, filling them about 2/3 full. Put the mixture in carefully trying not to touch the sides of the cases. Then put the cakes into a preheated oven set to 180c / 350F / gas mark 4 for 15-20 minutes until firm but springy to the touch! If in doubt, use a metal skewer and insert it into the middle of one of the cakes – it should come out clean!
Remove the cakes and leave on a wire rack to cool! Whilst they are cooling, you can be making the butter cream for the topping! This is so simple…
Weigh out 125g of softened butter (I used the stork margarine again) and beat it in a bowl with an electric mixer until it is as white as possible.
And now it is time to get your Rocky Road toppings ready – we chose mini marshmallows, Rolos and milk and white chocolate buttons…
To decorate the Rocky Road cupcakes use a piping bag and nozzle of your choice and fill it with some of the butter cream. Be careful not to overfill the bag as if you do it will splurge out of the top! I chose to use a plastic disposable piping bag as I find them easy to handle and less messy! Pipe the icing onto the cake in a circular motion, starting at the outer edge and ending in the middle. When you stop piping, push down slightly in the icing before you pull up – this will give you a nice peak in the middle of the swirl!
Finally, melt a bar of chocolate (we did this in the microwave) and using a teaspoon, drizzle some over the top of each Rocky Road Cupcake… and voila! There you have it… Rocky Road Cupcakes!
Perfect to eat – and to share ( I suppose!). We actually made 3 different sizes, including some mini bite-sized Rocky Road cupcakes, which were perfect for a quick nibble! These just needed 1 mini marshmallow and 1 chocolate button on the top…
I must admit, I feel like I am getting a little bit of a pro-cupcaker now… and REALLY enjoyed making these Rocky Road cupcakes! They look EVERY BIT as good as the ones we saw in the garden centre… and the best bit is that I know we made them together, as a family! They taste great too!
So, do you have any great ideas for cupcakes? Maybe you could let me know…I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® #CBias #SocialFabric.