Kids in the Kitchen – Mars Bar Cupcakes (And a Great Giveaway!)
Thank you everyone for all of your wonderful comments and your enthusiasm for this wonderful giveaway. Unfortunately there can only be one winner. Congratulations to young Zachary, age 4 whose name has been selected randomly. An email is on its way to you.
The lovely people at Kambrook gave me – and a hundred other bloggers – a wonderful Angel Cakes cupcake maker last week and I could not wait to try it. Part of their Little Chefs range, it comes with a lovely set of recipes included in the instruction book but I was shocked - shocked I tell you – to see there were no recipes for chocolate cupcakes.
Now really, what is the point of being a kid of you can’t get messy while you’re making cupcakes with melted chocolate? What is the point of having a wonderful cupcake maker if you can’t smear it with chocolatey finger prints? What is the point of even being a kid if you can’t lick the bowl out after you finish cooking?
As you can tell, I’m a great fan of kids getting a bit messy and mucking about in the kitchen. Why? Because you’re having fun. You’re enjoying yourselves so much you might even want to come back and try it again. You might even eat up the lovely food you make (which strangely enough makes your Mum and Dad really pleased).
So – back to chocolate cupcakes. Here is a recipe using Mars bars, which you push down into the cakes so they melt as the cupcakes cook and stay gooey when you bite into them. Yum. If you are feeling very clever you can make a very simple icing using a microwave oven that will make your cakes look like a million dollars. Don’t worry if it seems too tricky to do the icing because the cupcakes are pretty good just as they are.
I have an awesome Kambrook Angel Cakes cupcake maker to give away to one lucky boy or girl. It comes with two recipe books including one all about cupcakes from the Australian Women’s Weekly – and luckily they have some great recipes for chocolate cupcakes.
To enter, leave your comment below. Terms and conditions of the competition are listed right at the end of this post, under the recipe. Good luck!
Makes 10 cupcakes or 20 mini cupcakes
125g caster sugar; 100g butter, softened and cut into cubes; 1 tsp baking powder, sifted; 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract; 150g plain flour, sifted well; ½ cup milk; 1 tsp white vinegar; 30g dark chocolate; cut into squares; 2 x 50g mars bars
Chocolate Icing (Ganache): ¼ cup cream; 50g dark chocolate, extra; 1 tbsp icing mixture; 1 x 50g mars bar, extra
Put the softened butter and caster sugar in a large bowl. Use electric beaters to beat it all together until it is creamy and almost white in colour. Add the egg and vanilla to the mixture and beat it in until it’s all combined.
Sift the flour into the mixture then pour the milk and vinegar over the flour and beat it all together.
Put the chocolate squares into a small bowl and heat it in the microwave for one minute. Stir it with a spoon until it is melted and glossy, then pour it into the cake mixture. Beat it to combine.
If you are using an Angel Cakes cupcake maker: Heat the cupcake maker until the green light comes on. Line the pans with small paper cases if you have them. (It makes them easier to get the cupcakes out when they’re cooked) Place one tablespoon of the mixture into each cup.
Cut up two Mars bar into one centimetre cubes (about the size of your little finger nail). Push one piece of mars bar into the middle of the cakes. Close the lid and cook for eight minutes – don’t open the lid while they’re cooking!
Open the lid and get an adult to help you tip them out or scoop them out with a spatula. Cool on a cake rack. Repeat with the remaining mixture until you’ve made 21 mini cupcakes. Lick out the bowl when you’ve finished. You’ve earnt it.
If you are using an oven: Preheat the oven to 180°C or 160°C fan-forced. Line a 12-cup cupcake tray (½ cup capacity) with paper cases.
Spoon two tablespoons of mixture into the cases. Cut up two Mars bars into one centimetre cubes (about the size of your little finger nail). Place one or two pieces of Mars bar into the middle of each cupcake. Lick out the bowl when you’ve used up all the mixture. You’ve earnt it.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cakes are cooked and soft and spring back when you press them in the middle. Cool on a cake rack.
Chocolate Icing (Ganache): Put the chocolate squares and cream in a small bowl and heat in a microwave for one minute on High. Stir with a wooden spoon then cook for 30 seconds at a time, stirring well until the mixture is thick and glossy and shiny. Add the sifted icing mixture and stir well to combine. Cool for ten minutes before you use it.
Use a teaspoon to heap the icing onto each cupcake and to make pretty swirls in the icing. Cut up the last Mars bar into even squares and push a piece of mars bar onto the top of each cupcake.
Store in an airtight container for up to four days in the fridge. Enjoy!
$6.00 for 20 mini cupcakes or 10-12 large cupcakes
To enter, use your first name only and leave a comment below and tell us what you love to cook, or like to help your Mum and Dad cook.
Open to all children up to the age of 13. Please use your Mum or Dad’s (or Grandparents) email address to show you have their permission to enter. Open to Australian residents only. You can comment as much as you want but your name will only go into the draw once.
Winners will be selected at random, like a lucky dip.
Entries close at 7pm AEST Friday 3rd August 2012. The winner will be notified by email.