Monday, 2 March 2009

Chocolate and hazelnut cupcakes

chocolate and hazelnut cupcakes

So, last tuesday a delivery van pulled up outside our house. 'Are you expecting anything Helen?!' shouted my Dad. Errr...no I replied. Yet it was a mystery package for me. I was quite perplexed. What had I ordered off Amazon?! It was the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook! I had it on pre-order yet it isn't due out until the 13th March, so I was still confused as to why I got it 3 weeks early. Oh well, I wasn't complaining.

I started to look through it, there were so many recipes I wanted to try! I've never visited the Hummingbird Bakery, but I so want to. The north of England is deprived of cute bakeries like that, although we do have Betty's in Yorkshire which is amazing. Cupcakes are only just catching on in England, maybe they will slowly spread northwards. (It is actually my not-so-secret life ambition to open my own bakery in Liverpool one day...maybe)

chocolate and hazelnut cupcakes

Anyway, back to the cakes! The most important thing! They were so delicious. I love Nutella, incase you all didn't know. These cupcakes have a dollop of nutella in the middle which really made them for me. The cake was also delicious and soft.

These photos are also an opportunity for me to show off my amazingly beautiful tea set that my Mum bought me the other day. It was only £2.50! It has 4 cups, 6 saucers, 6 side plates and 1 serving plate. I'm guessing 2 cups went missing/got smashed, which is sad, but still, you can't complain for £2.50! Plus it was from the Cancer Research shop so it's all for a good cause. It makes me want to have a tea party. Anyway, onwards to the recipe!

Ingredients

100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g butter, at room temp.
120ml milk (the recipe said whole milk, but I just used semi and they turned out okay!)
1 egg
120g nutella
chopped hazelnuts to decorate

Method

1. Preheat the oven to gas 3/170c/325f

2. Put the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a bowl and mix together. You can use an electric hand whisk for this. It should be a slightly sandy/grainy texture

3. Pour the milk into the mixture and mix. Then add the egg and beat until it's all incorporated.

4. Spoon the mixture into cupcakes cases in a muffin tin, filling to about halfway or 2/3 full. They rise quite a bit. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

5. Leave to cool completely, then cut out a little circle in the cupcake. Pop the loose piece of cake out, insert a dollop of nutella, then put the cake piece back ontop so you have a filled cupcake.

For the icing

250g icing sugar
80g butter, at room temp
25 ml milk
80g nutella

Mix all the above ingredients together until incorporated and continue mixing for about 5 minutes. The more mixing, the fluffier the icing! Use a palette knife to ice the cupcakes, then sprinkle with a bit of chopped hazelnut. Enjoy! (I did, as you can see!)

all gone!

44 comments:

  1. I would definitely travel to Liverpool just to have some of your amazing looking cakes! It'd be so cute, cause I'd imagine you'd fill it with gorgeous cup and saucer sets like the one above :) lovely.

    Oh and as for the bra situation, I just went without and applied lots and lots of body-tape stuff! xxx

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  2. They look delicious! must try and make more with nutella..

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  3. Those look amazing! We're starting to get pretty little cake shops, like Patisserie Valerie, its very difficult to resist!

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  4. Boo! Mine hasn't arrived yet, I'm jealous. Most importantly, is it all it's hyped up to be?

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  5. That def looks yummy! :) By the way, I didn't know Polaroid film was saved! How? Keep baking!

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  6. Yet another recipe I must try!

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  7. thank you,.
    and this looks SO delicious.

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  8. I'm not fond of chocolate but am expanding my horizons and giving it another try. So your cupcakes look and sound good. I might have to add them to my list of "must makes".

    Your dishes are lovely and even better cheap!
    ~ingrid

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  9. Aww this looks so delicious! PS- I am loving your header.

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  10. Your cakes always look amazing! Me and my friend are always talking about opening a cupcake shop, she's from america and has the most amazing recipes.

    I didn't even know there was a hummingbird bakery cookbook! I have literally just ordered a one and one for my friend for her birthday! YAY!
    x

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  11. Wow, these look SO delish...I LOVE nutella!! Beautiful photos. :)

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  12. Your blog is absolutely adorable :)
    I am going to have to try these cupcakes out for myself! Just a little while ago I dipped into a jar of Nutella with a spoon. Mm, so good!

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  13. Haha yeah Liverpool is good as it's own little city. I go there a lot; The Tate, the big museum, The Krazyhouse, Grand Central - it helps that my best friend moved there for university ;)

    I am definitely going to use your recipes by the way, I'm doing a tea project so they are in need!

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  14. These look, and sound, delicious.
    I always wish there were more cake orientated bakeries to pop into for a cupcake or whatever. Open one, open one!

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  15. nutelllaaa my weakness, lovely pictures.

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  16. OHHHH food porn yummmm It's making me so hungry and desperately wanna chow down some yummy sweet dessert I will try out the recipes this weekend =)

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  17. That looks so delicious. I think I want that book.

    I think you could definitely achieve your bakery dream. That would be awesome.

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  18. Cupcakes aren't big in England?? You poor, poor thing...I'm so glad that I found your blog so I can try out all these delicious looking recipes!!!
    My friends and I always talk about opening a coffee/pastry shop...I hope you get to someday so I can come visit and try your awesome food! =)

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  19. Wow!!!It looks more than delicious!!!yummmy!!!Hope you'll open your bakery: just so i can travel to England for a reason.:))

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  20. I love the new layout :) I was tempted to pre-order it as well but have a mountain of cook books at the moment and I'm attempting to actually cook instead of constantly baking and making everyone fat!

    I too am desperate to have my own bakery...of course doing it in London is a different story all together, so much competition lately. Regardless, if I get my act together in the summer (i.e. make time from my internship!) I might get a stall :)

    I'm reading 'A Life in Nature' at the moment, it's about Beatrix Potter!

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  21. great photo shoot you have dear. nice blog too ;)

    xo

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  22. Goddddd this looks delicious! I'm bookmarking this post since I probably won't have time to bake anything untill the weekend and I DEFINITELY want to try this out.
    yum.

    There are no cute bakeries here either :( and we have only one nice coffeeshop, so that's where I spend most of my time when I'm not in the library hehe

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  23. Yay! They look so delicious! I seriously need to try one of your recipes - and soon!

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  24. My favorite Saturdays in London were spent at Portobello Road Market and Hummingbird Bakery. This post has made me want to get on a plane just to go there!

    You should definitely open up your own bakery one day, or maybe a bakery/book shop! I think it would be a huge success! xx

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  25. Well, it looks absolutely delicious! I would love to get it, but I really shouldn't, because I know it'd result in me eating too much of it.

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  26. It is so so hard for me, being on a healthy eating diet and seeing all of these delicious little cakes! Wow! I think I'm going to make some, they look so good. And also I really like your photographs, they are always perfect :) I think eating cakes is more enjoyable if you get to eat them from a cute plate, such as the ones you have :) yum yum yum! Hope you're well!

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  27. I'm going to try and make these for my boyfriend today! He's got a long day of writing code ahead of him, so hopefully these will lift his spirits a little =) Hope mine come out as well as yours did, they're beautiful!

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  28. in a word: yummm!

    they look so delicious, and your china is so pretty too!

    x

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  29. this looks so great...i'm going to have to look up that book because i love me some baked goods! have a wonderful weekend! xo

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  30. These cakes are gorgeous! I made them but they didn't look as good as yours :(
    Where is the recipe from?
    Your blog is really cool and all the cakes and stuff you make look so nice :D

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  31. The cupcake sounds delicious.

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  32. So happy with finding wonderful recipes, I cannot wait to try it, thank you :)

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  33. I've made them today! They don't look as good as yours, of course, but they were quite tasty :) my parents love them! thank you!

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  34. Your blog is so much fun! Very cute cupcakes :).

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  35. my tastebuds thank you most profusely for this recipe, however i have a feeling my dress-size mightn't :)

    danke schön!

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  36. That frosting looks irresistible!

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  37. Yum! I made these the other day - the icing is so light and fluffy. Delish. I also went to Hummingbird and tried cheesecake brownies - they were the best brownies I've ever tried. Definitely on my list to bake next time!

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