I wish I could claim this idea as my own but I spotted them last week on Spearmint Baby and instantly knew I had to make them for our zoo trip.
I was so excited by them I wouldn't let any of the kids see them until I was time for them to be eaten and it was worth the wait to share the "magical cupcakes" with the kidlets.
I think this is something I'll be whipping out as much as possible even if it is only to maintain my "cool mum/aunty" status.
You could use any basic vanilla cupcake recipe but I wanted to have chocolate in there somewhere so I used the following recipe I found at Best Recipes
White Chocolate Mud Cake
250g white chocolate
200 ml water
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 3/4 cups plain flour
1 cup self-raising flour
2 eggs, lighly beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tea spoon vanilla essence
125g white chocolate, melted
3/4 cup icing sugar
1. Preheat oven to 150 c
2. Heat butter, sugar, chocolate and water in a saucepan over low heat until combined.
3. Sift both flours together and blend into chocolate mixture.
4. Stir in eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
5. Pour mixture into a deep 20 cm tin and cook for approx. 1-2 hours depending on oven.
6. ICING Cream together butter and icing sugar. Spread over cooled cake.
(7 See if you can stop at just one!)
I halved this because I wasn't sure how it would turn out and half of the above mixture made 12 normal size cupcakes. I didn't have any sour cream so I replaced that with yoghurt and they were still yum.
In between steps 4 & 5 I divided the mixture into 4 bowls and added a couple of drops of food colouring. Then drizzled them into the cupcake cases. Like instructed on spearmint baby I used a fork to help add the different layers. I cooked mine for about 45 minutes.
a couple of satisfied customers