Chocolate Cupcakes with Fudge Icing

A dark, chocolaty, indulgent treat for Valentines day that will win the love of any chocolate lover! Worked on my husband! :)

So, how would you go about making these tasty little morsels? Well - simple and easy! First prepare two 12 hole muffin pans with cupcake holders and set aside. Then mix up some flour, bi carb, salt and cocoa.

Next, mix with an electric beater, eggs and sugar and vanilla essence... and then...

ONE CUP OF MAYONNAISE! Yes, you read right! Mayonnaise! Its basically made up of eggs and oil so it totally makes sense :) And add some boiling water (or a cup of freshly brewed coffee)...

I went the extra mile on these and added whole cherries, top deck chocolate and pecan nuts to give them a 'black forest' effect - worked like a charm!

Then pour the mixture into the prepared cupcake holders (the mixture may look a bit thin, like pouring consistency, but that means its perfect!) and bake for 20 min.

Then make some chocolate fudge icing (YUMMMMM!) and ice the little suckers!

I love the Wilton M1 tip, it makes such gorgeous swirls!

And there you have the perfect treat to share with someone special!

So I guess now all you need is the recipe!

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

2 c flour
¾ c cocoa
1 tsp bi-carb (baking soda)
1/4 tsp salt
2 c sugar
2 large eggs
1 c full fat mayonnaise
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/3c freshly brewed coffee

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius .
In a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, bi-carb, and salt.
In another bowl mix  the sugar and eggs and beat until light and fluff.
Add  the mayonnaise and vanilla and mix until combined.
Add the half the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Add the freshly brewed coffee and beat at low speed.
Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
Full cupcake holders ¾ way full and bake for 20min.

(I added1 cup top deck chocolate, 1/2 cup cherries and 1/2 cup chopped pecan nuts to this )

Chocolate Fudge Icing

250g softened butter
500g icing sugar
dash of vanilla essence
dash of cream / milk
100g melted dark chocolate - cooled but still runny

In an electric mixture, mix butter and icing sugar until smooth and fluffy, adding the milk bit by bit until a nice smooth piping consistency is reached.
Add the vanilla essence and mix a bot more
While the mixer is running, slowly add the chocolate and beat.

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