Makes 20 cupcakes
*85g soft unsalted butter
*250g Fairtrade light brown sugar
*165g Divine 38% Milk Chocolate Baking Bar, melted
*250g self-raising flour
*100ml whole milk
*250g Divine 38% Milk Chocolate Baking Bar, melted
*250g soft unsalted butter
*600g Fairtrade icing sugar
*50ml double cream
To make the cupcakes
1 Preheat your oven to 160°C and line your cupcake cases with the paper liners.
2 Cream the butter and sugar together using a hand held whisk or stand mixer until light and fluffy.
3 Add the melted chocolate to the sugar and butter mixture and combine.
4 Gradually incorporate the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly.
5 Add the flour and the milk and beat until the mixture is smooth.
6 Using a spatula, fold the batter a few times in the bowl to reduce the amount of air in the mixture.
7 Spoon the batter into the cupcake cases until they are half full.
8 Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.
9 Leave the cupcakes to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool down fully.
To make the buttercream frosting
1 Melt the milk chocolate in the microwave in short bursts, ensuring you don’t overcook or burn the chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly.
2 Once cooled, add the softened butter, icing sugar and cream, beating with a handheld electric beater or stand mixer until smooth.
3 Ice each cupcake with buttercream and decorate as desired with a chocolate heart, curl, or a sprinkling of cocoa powder.
To make chocolate curls
1 Use a 100g bar of chocolate, or half a 200g Baking Bar.
2 Remove from the wrapper and place on a piece of kitchen paper, then microwave 1 minute on medium, turning the chocolate every 10 seconds. The bar should feel warm, but not melted.
3 Place on a board flat side up and with a sharp, long knife, place the blade at an angle on to the chocolate and carefully pull the blade towards you to form a thin curl of chocolate. Turn the bar after each curl.
4 If the curls are brittle, warm the chocolate as before for a few seconds. Place on a plate and chill the curls before using to decorate your cake.