Today, as promised, I bring you the recipe for the deadly cupcakes I made for this week’s Death Jam. I love chocolate and chilli together, I love chocolate and orange together but here I have combined all three. The chilli adds a kick and the heat and the orange undercuts with a slight tang to prevent the chilli from being overpowering. These goodies pack quite a punch, definitely not one for those of you who prefer milder flavours. So, dare you try them?
You will Need:
For the Sponge:
275g self raising flour
175g soft brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1- 1 1/2tsp hot chilli powder (depends how spicy you like things)
zest and juice of 1 large orange
approx 100-150ml of vegan milk (I used soy here)
100ml of vegetable or sunflower oil
1 tsp of orange extract
For the filling and topping:
100g of vegan spread
200g of icing sugar
1 tsp of orange extract
orange food colouring gel
1-2 tbs of water
fondant icing (I used pre-rolled ‘cos I was being lazy)
cocoa powder and chilli powder for dusting
A cupcake corer or apple corer will come in handy. Piping bag and medium plain nozzle (use a food bag with one of the bottom corners cut out if you don’t have a piping set). Cookie cutter the same size as the top of your muffin cases. You will also need some card, a pencil, a ruler and a craft knife if you plan on making a stencil for the top.
What to do:
Pre-heat your oven to 200’c and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases.
1) Measure out the flour, cocoa, baking powder and chilli powder and sift together into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and stir gently until mixed.
2) Wash the orange and then grate the zest into a shallow bowl. Cut the orange in half and juice it. Set the juice aside for a moment.
3) In a large measuring jug, pour in the oil, then add the orange juice, finally, pour in the milk until the liquid reaches 300ml. Add the 1tsp of orange extract. Whisk briskly together.
4) Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (do not over mix). Divide the mixture between the muffin cases (I use an ice-cream scoop to ensure my cakes are equally sized) and then transfer to the middle tray of your oven for 18-22 minutes.
5) The muffins are ready when a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. I usually check mine at 18 minutes (make sure you shut the oven door while you test your cakes!) and if they are not quite done I will put them back in and check on them for after 2 more minutes until they are ready.
6) Place the muffins on a wire rack and leave them to cool almost completely before using a bread knife to slice the tops off (if you do it when they are stone cold, the tops will be a little harder to slice off). Then use your corer to remove the middle of each cake. Put the tops and cake holes in an airtight container and save for another recipe or cheeky snack.
7) Leave the cakes to cool completely. In the meantime, measure out the frosting ingredients and put into a medium mixing bowl. Using a metal spoon gently combine the ingredients. Once roughly combined, add a couple of drops of the food colouring gel and the orange extract. Using a hand or electric whisk, whip up the frosting until it is super fluffy and the food colouring in integrated. Add the water in if needed to get the required consistency. The frosting should form soft peaks. It shouldn’t be too stiff or too runny.
8) Fill the piping bag with the frosting (it helps if you put the bag in a large glass to hold it upright while you fill it). Pipe frosting into the middle of each cake until a little spills over the top.
9) Use a pallet knife to spread the excess frosting out over the top of the cakes. This is what will help your fondant discs stick. Roll out your fondant icing (or unroll it if it’s pre-rolled like mine was) to about 3-4mm thick. Use your cookie cutter to cut out 12 discs (I used a wine glass as I didn’t have the right sized cookie cutter). Use a pallet knife to pick up the discs and place them on top of your cakes.
10) This is when I made my stencil. I drew out a circle the same size as my fondant discs and sketched out a skull shape. I used my stanley knife to cut out the shape. I then cut the card, leaving enough space around the circle to ensure that only the centre of the fondant gets dusted.
11) Mix together 2 tablespoons of cocoa and 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder into a small bowl. Place your wire rack over a baking tray to catch excess cocoa, place the template over your first cupcake. Using a small sieve or shaker (I used my loose tea strainer), dust each cake gently. Carefully remove the stencil and shake off the excess cocoa mix, put the cake aside. Repeat for each cupcake.
* Of course, the final two steps are completely optional. If you don’t want to use a stencil, you can simply dust it without one. Or, you can omit the fondant topping altogether and instead, frost the top of the cake. If you do, ensure that you double the frosting recipe so that you have enough. Then dust the swirly peaks of frosting instead. I think I’ll try that the next time I make this recipe.
Well, that’s the recipe. Let me know how you get on with it, I always welcome feedback as it helps me refine my recipes. I also like to see what twists you put on it. That’s all for today, thank you kindly for reading.