Chocolate Cupcakes with Amarena Cherries

These are the perfect dessert or gift for your loved one for Valentine’s Day. Rich, dark chocolate cake with a delightful Amarena cherry icing.

30 minutes
Easy

Ingredients

  • 60g Butter, unsalted 100g Caster sugar 2each Eggs ; 200g Chocolate Sauce (from below) 80g Plain flour 60g Almond meal ; 20g Cocoa powder 2tsp Baking powder Pinch Sea salt
  • 180g Lindt Dessert 70% ; 140ml Milk 65ml Vegetable oil ; Serve the any leftover with the cupcakes.
  • 170g Butter, unsalted and soft 340g Pure icing sugar, sifted Little Vanilla bean paste ; Little Salt ; 2 Tbsp Amarena syrup or milk ; 8-10 Amarena cherries, chopped Optional Little red food colour ; Top with a cherry Chocolate decorations For example words or names made from tempered chocolate.

Method

Step 1.

For the cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 180°C

Step 2.

For the chocolate sauce
Combine the milk and oil and warm to just under boiling point.Mix in the chopped chocolate and mix to a smooth sauce using a stick blender.Set aside to cool.

Step 3.

For the cake
Combine the butter and the sugar and cream until sugar is dissolved and mixture is pale.

Step 4.

Add
The eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Step 5.

Sift
Together the plain flour, almond meal, cocoa and baking powder.Fold into the batter to incorporate.

Step 6.

Mix
In the chocolate sauce and salt.

Step 7.

Divide
Into paper cup lined cupcake tray.

Step 8.

Bake
For 12-15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.Put aside to cool fully.

Step 9.

For the icing
Place soft butter into the bowl of your electric mixer and with a whisk attachment whisk for about 6-7 minutes, until light.Scrape down sides a couple of times.

Step 10.

Top
Icing sugar and add little by little on medium speed.

Step 11.

Pinch of salt, vanilla, Amarena syrup, chopped cherries and colour if using.Use at room temperature.

Step 12.

Each cupcake generously with icing and decorate with chocolate and top with a cherry.

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