In honour of Queen Elizabeth II's 94th birthday on 21 April, Her Majesty's pastry chefs shared their recipe for chocolate cupcakes, which look ridiculously elegant. Shared to the Royal Family's official Instagram account, the recipe calls for just 10 standard ingredients, plus a few white chocolate chips to mix into the batter as a sweet surprise.
Easy to make and fun to decorate, this is the perfect recipe to try out if you're looking to kick your baking game up a notch. My cake decorating skills may not be on par with those of the royal pastry chefs, but you can bet I'm whipping together a batch as soon as I can stop myself from staring at these beautiful treats. Check out the recipe for yourself ahead.
- Ingredients for the Cake:
15 grams of vinegar
300 milliliters of milk
50 milliliters of vegetable oil
60 grams of butter (melted and cool)
5 milliliters of vanilla essence
250 grams of self-raising flour
75 grams of cocoa powder
300 grams of caster sugar
10 grams of baking soda
100 grams of white chocolate chips
- Ingredients for the Buttercream Topping:
90 grams of high percentage dark chocolate
100 grams of butter
125 grams of icing sugar
Optional: food colouring
To Make the Cake:
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius and place your cupcake liners in the cups of the tray.
- Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, melted butter, oil, milk, and vinegar.
- Slowly add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and combine until the the batter is smooth with no lumps. Next, fold in the chocolate chips or other mix-ins, such as nuts, dried fruit, or sprinkles.
- Use a metal spoon to equally divide the mixture into the cases, leaving each liner about 3/4 full. Bake the cupcakes for 15-18 minutes, or until golden and springy to the touch. Set the tray aside until the cupcakes are completely cool.
To Make the Buttercream Icing:
- Using a whisk or hand mixer, cream together the powdered sugar and butter until it reaches a light and creamy consistency. Fold in the warm melted chocolate and your desired amount of food colouring.
- If you have a piping bag to hand, pipe the icing on top of the cakes for decoration. You can also decorate your cupcakes using a spoon, spatula, or butter knife.
To Prepare the Royal Icing:
- If you're decorating your cupcakes with royal icing, roll the icing out into thin sheets and use the rim of a cup to cut the icing into circular disks. Lay the discs over each cupcake and shape them around the tops of the cupcake gently using your hand or the back of a spoon.
- Serves approximately 15