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Sara's Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

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Introduction

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes These are very easy, very good & somehow light and dense at the same time; and I love their dark, glossy elegance. When I made them for the cake stall at my daughter's school fair, they sold, even at a pound a piece, quicker than anything else. The jam I use for these is the morello cherry preserve from Sainsbury's special selection; if you're using a less elegant, and probably sweeter confection, reduce the sugar in the cakes a little. And if you have any Kirsch about the place, then add a splash to the batter and icing.

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes These are very easy, very good & somehow light and dense at the same time; and I love their dark, glossy elegance. When I made them for the cake stall at my daughter's school fair, they sold, even at a pound a piece, quicker than anything else. The jam I use for these is the morello cherry preserve from Sainsbury's special selection; if you're using a less elegant, and probably sweeter confection, reduce the sugar in the cakes a little. And if you have any Kirsch about the place, then add a splash to the batter and icing.

Ingredients

Serves: 12

Metric Cups

For the Cupcakes

  • 125 grams unsalted butter (soft)
  • 100 grams dark chocolate (broken into pieces)
  • 300 grams morello cherry jam
  • 150 grams caster sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 150 grams self-raising flour

For the Icing

  • 100 grams dark chocolate
  • 100 millilitres double cream
  • 12 glace cherries (natural-coloured)

For the Cupcakes

  • 4⅖ ounces unsalted butter (soft)
  • 3½ ounces bittersweet chocolate (broken into pieces)
  • 10⅗ ounces morello cherry jam
  • 5⅓ ounces superfine sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 5⅓ ounces self-raising flour

For the Icing

  • 3½ ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 4 fluid ounce heavy cream
  • 12 candied cherries (natural-coloured)

Method

Sara's Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes is a community recipe submitted by sarafield and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

You will need a 12-bun muffin tin and papers.

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Put the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan on the heat to melt. When nearly completely melted, stir in the chocolate. Leave for a moment to begin softening, then take the pan off the heat and stir with a wooden spoon until the butter and chocolate are smooth and melted.
  • Now add the cherry jam, sugar, salt and eggs. Stir with a wooden spoon and when all is pretty well amalgamated stir in the flour.
  • Scrape and pour into the muffin papers in their tin and bake for 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes before turning out.
  • When the cupcakes are cool, break the chocolate for the icing into little pieces and add them to the cream in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat and then whisk by hand or electrically till thick and smooth.
  • Ice the cupcakes, smoothing the tops with the back of a spoon, and stand a cherry in the centre of each.
  • You will need a 12-bun muffin tin and papers.

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Put the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan on the heat to melt. When nearly completely melted, stir in the chocolate. Leave for a moment to begin softening, then take the pan off the heat and stir with a wooden spoon until the butter and chocolate are smooth and melted.
  • Now add the cherry jam, sugar, salt and eggs. Stir with a wooden spoon and when all is pretty well amalgamated stir in the flour.
  • Scrape and pour into the muffin papers in their tin and bake for 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes before turning out.
  • When the cupcakes are cool, break the chocolate for the icing into little pieces and add them to the cream in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat and then whisk by hand or electrically till thick and smooth.
  • Ice the cupcakes, smoothing the tops with the back of a spoon, and stand a cherry in the centre of each.
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    MAKES 12

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