If you’re looking for something to bring to a Christmas lunch or dinner, here’s an idea.
I had been wanting to make black forest cupcakes for months but hadn’t gotten around to it – mainly because they have fresh cream instead of icing so it was best to wait until there was an occasion where the whole lot would be eaten in one day.
Finally I decided that our last barbecue of the year would be a great time to test these out.
I based the recipe on my favourite for Scouts Cupcakes and made a few alterations. They turned out great and I will definitely make them again soon :)
Update 30 August 2009:
I’ve adjusted the flour and cocoa ratios to eliminate the need for two types of cocoa, and yet still get a rich but fluffy cupcake. The extra 1/4 cup of dry cocoa makes up for the juices in the cherries. Also, use cherry liquer in the cream if you have it.
Black Forest Cupcakes
- Break 2 eggs into a cup measure and fill to the top with fresh whipping cream.
- Pour into a large mixing bowl and beat on high with electric mixers for 1 minute.
- Add 1/4 teaspon of vanilla essence and 3/4 cup caster sugar.
- Beat for another 3 minutes.
- Stir through 1/2 cup of Morello cherries (you get these tinned or in a jar). Cut them up roughly first.
- Sift in 1 cup of standard flour plus 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.
- Sift in 1/4 cup Dutch cocoa.
- Fold to combine taking care not to over mix.
- Spoon into 12 cupcake cases.
Usually I end up with a couple extra – if you are making a double batch, you can get 30 cupcakes.
- Bake for about 12-15 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius until a skewer comes out clean.
- Remove from tins (they can be quite fragile for a few minutes after baking) and cool on wire racks.
- Whip some fresh cream with a dash of cherry liquer or brandy and pipe onto cupcakes.
- Decorate as you please.
I used real chocolate hail, red sprinkles, and white chocolate drops. Maraschino cherries or shaved chocolate on top woud be good too.