Easy Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Essential Oil
If you’re like me, you like baking but don’t have time to fuss with a recipe that’s complicated or that requires lots of clean up.
For Christmas this year my husband surprised me with a Kenwood Chef mix master. I have wanted one of these for more than 20 years. So here is the first recipe that I made with my new mix master.
This recipe is designed to make fairy cakes and is a recipe given to us by Jenny in Yarrawonga. I distinctly remember making these as a teenager, and they are pretty foolproof.
They can be made by hand with a bowl and mixing spoon but will become more aerated with an electric mix master. The recipes I like are ones that don’t require a huge list of ingredients, and also a recipe that uses standard items I already have in my pantry. I hope you like it too.
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- milk (see below for quantity)
Sift flour and cocoa into a medium bowl. Then stir in sugar. Melt butter and pour into a 250ml measuring cup. Add the eggs to the measuring jug and add enough milk to make 1 cup (250ml).
Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and beat for 4 minutes. For something a little different, I added 1 drop of doTERRA Peppermint Essential oil or you could use a drop of doTERRA Wild Orange Essential oil for choc-orange cupcakes.
Spoon mixture into paper patty cases and place in patty tins. I had a mix of large and small patty cases so made a combination of sizes.
Place the cup cakes into a pre-heated oven (180 degrees celsius) for 15 minutes for the small cup cakes. If you are making muffin sized ones, you will need to bake for around 25 minutes. I use a cake tester and remove the cakes from the oven when the cake tester comes out clean.
Allow to cool on a cake cooler.
To make icing I used a small stainless steel bowl and combined some mascarpone cheese and some icing sugar and mixed. Then when the cakes were cool I spread a little of the icing mixture onto the top of each cake and sprinkled some drinking chocolate over the tops.
This recipes makes approximately 24 small cupcakes.