Sunday, 16 February 2014

Gluten Free Chocolate Mud Cupcakes for our Buddy's Birthday

It has been a lovely day for a party. We have had the very great pleasure to attend the birthday party of one of Little Miss 4's swimming buddies. As per my previous post, I made a couple of batches of gluten free cup cakes for the party. These are the chocolate mud cupcakes. Without wanting to gloat, they are actually fabulous. The gluten free flour made the texture of the cake even more soft, moist and gooey. The party had a fairy, mermaid and pirate theme, so I coloured and cut out some Pettinice white icing into 'gold debloons', fish and fairy stars. 
The children were completely transfixed by Buttercup the Enchanted Fairy.

These cupcakes are so easy to make. There is no beating required, just mix 'em up and bake.

Gluten Free Chocolate Mud Cupcakes

1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs - beaten
2 cups caster sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups bakels gluten free flour

Preheat the oven to 170deg C and assemble 30 cupcake cases. I used the solid sided ones as they are smaller and more sturdy.

Sift the flour and cocoa together and set aside.

Blend the liquid ingredients together using a whisk, then blend in the baking soda.

Using the whisk, blend the GF flour and cocoa into the liquids until no lumps remain. 

Using a jug, pour the mixture into cupcake cases. Taking care not to fill them any more than half way. 

Bake for approximately 18 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. 

The cupcakes will look a little peaked, but will level out once they start to cool.

Once cold, frost with Chocolate butter cream rosettes.

Chocolate Butter Cream

125g butter
1 1/4 cups icing sugar
250g Whittakers 72% Dark Ghana Chocolate

Cream the butter and sugar until very pale and fluffy.
Melt the chocolate and add it to the creamed mixture. Beat for a few minutes to thoroughly combine. 
Using a piping bag and star nozzle, pipe rosettes onto each cup cake. 

Little Miss 4 had a great time playing with all the other children at the party. She was completely taken with Buttercup the fairy. She really loved the face paint, but with a school visit tomorrow it had to be washed off!

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