Friday, 1 November 2013

Spooky halloween cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with kiwi and white chocolate mousse, topped with the best chocolate cream.  It is best to prepare kiwi mousse and chocolate cream a day before, to allow them to set over night. You can decorate the cupcakes with halloween candies or biscuits to make them as spooky as you like.  Happy Halloween!


For the cupcakes:

  • 50g dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup plain flour 
  • 3/4 tsp bicarb. of soda
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
For the kiwi and white chocolate mousse:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup double cream
  • 6 kiwi fruits 
  • 1 gelatine sheet
  • 80g white chocolate
  • green food colouring
For the chocolate cream:
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • 280ml double cream 
  • halloween candies
  • chocolate pens (to draw spider webs)

To make the cupcakes place cocoa powder, milk and dark chocolate in a small sauce pan and heat through until the chocolate has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.

Place all remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth, add the chocolate mixture and mix just until combined.

Pour the mixture into greased cupcake tray (12 cupcakes) and bake in a pre-heated oven at 170C for about 30 minutes.

Leave to cool completely.

To make the kiwi mousse peel and blend kiwi fruits and heat in a saucepan, do not boil.  Place a sheet of gelatine in cold water for 5 minutes (or according to the instruction on a packet), then add to the saucepan with kiwi puree and stir until dissolved.  Place the mixture in the fridge to cool.

An egg yolk and a table spoon of caster sugar place in a metal bowl, over a pan of boiling water (bain marie, the same as if you are melting chocolate) and keep whisking until the mixture becomes thick and pale.  

Melt white chocolate and add to the egg mixture., then add the kiwi mixture and mix until smooth. 

Whisk double cream until soft peaks hold, then add to the chocolate-egg-kiwi mixture, add green food colouring. Place in the fridge or freezer until set.  

To make the chocolate cream melt dark chocolate and set aside to cool a little.  Whisk double cream until soft peaks form, then add melted chocolate and mix until well combined.  Place the cream in the fridge to firm up.

Cut out the middle of the cupcakes and fill with the green kiwi mousse, pipe chocolate cream on top and decorate with halloween sweets.


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