Walnut Whip Cupcakes

Lets talk about fancy dress parties.

In the past I have dressed up as:

1) Elvis
2) Edith from ‘Allo ‘Allo.
3) A murdering secretary
4) Elvis
5) An undead run-over schoolgirl
6) Nora Batty
7) Elvis
8) A Roman
9) Marilyn Monroe
10) Elvis

Most of these outfits were customised charity shop finds or made from scratch, apart from the Elvis suit which was a cheap black and gold nylon jumpsuit that created enough of its own static charge to power a small electric car.

I really enjoy making fancy dress outfits. As such I have been known, on occasion, to go somewhat overboard.

Upon being invited to a Toga Party I immediately set about making an historically correct gown made from antique white muslin. With my hair in Romanesque ringlets, my feet shod in gladiator sandals and swathed in my folded and pleated toga I was giddy with excitement to see what other creations the rest of the party would be sporting. As it turns out, every other person had dragged the duvet covers from their beds, thrown it over themselves, cinched it all in with an old leather belt and topped it off with bare legs and massive white trainers ( I’m from Essex after all ). I looked a right plum in my vintage muslin and curls. I think people thought I’d wandered in from a hard day on the set of a BBC period drama.

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I can, at times, get a bit like this with cake making. I have a perfectionist streak that has had me sobbing in front of the oven and throwing away perfectly edible cakes that didn’t meet my self imposed lofty standards.

These days I like to think that I’ve chilled out A LOT ( what’s that? Is that Mr Love gaffawing and shaking his head as he reads this? ). However I’m still annoyed that I didn’t make these Walnut Whip Cupcakes in chocolate brown paper cases! They would have looked perfect. It is a sign of how far I’ve come in not being quite so hard on myself that I’ve photographed these as they are and not made a new batch in the correct cases.

None of my colleagues cared a single jot as they happily tucked into these at work. And really, whats not to love? A chocolatey cupcake with a marshmallow filling all crowned with chocolate buttercream and a walnut chunk. Get in.

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Walnut Whip Cupcakes ( Basic sponge adapted from here )

140g light muscovado sugar
100g self-raising flour
50g good quality cocoa powder ( I use Green & Blacks )
1 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
125ml vegetable oil
3 tbsp whole milk

Filling
1/2 jar of Marshmallow Fluff

Icing
100g unsalted butter
100g salted butter
260g icing sugar, sifted
40g good quality cocoa powder

Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. line your cupcake tin with cases ( brown ones if you have them! ).

Place the sugar, flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large bowl and mix together lightly.
Beat together the eggs, vegetable oil and milk, then pour into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Divide the batter between the cases, then bake for 15-20 mins until springy to the touch, taking care not too over bake.

When the cupcakes are completely cool, use an apple corer or a small knife to make a channel through the centre of the cakes.
Please feel free to snack on your cupcakes cores!
Fill an icing bag filled with a wide, straight nozzle with about 1/2 tub of Marshmallow Fluff. Take care to be gentle so that you don’t knock all the air out of the fluff.
Pipe the marshmallow into the centre of the cupcakes until it is even with the top of the cupcakes.

Make your buttercream by beating both butters together until really light and fluffy. Gradually add the icing sugar and the cocoa until all is incorporated. Keep on whipping so that you a smooth and creamy buttercream.

Fill another piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe the ‘whips’ onto the cupcakes and then finish by topping each cake with a walnut half.

Enjoy!
Love Lemony xx

Comments

  1. YUM…these look fab and a great concept for a cupcake…they look so decadent! I might have to give these a go! 🙂

  2. Holly pops says:

    Literally just pulled them out of the oven. .they smell amazing! Can’t wait to pipe them!

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