14 July 2013

Cola Cupcakes

♬ 'Random Access Memories' by Daft Punk

Yesterdays baking session consisted of flour whitening the floor, Daft Punk blaring out the kitchen and icing sugar all over my dress. The reason for cake havoc? Cola flavouring. Ever since I found it in Sainsbury's I've been tempted to bake a batch of these cakes, then suddenly I get a last minute order and I can show these beauties off!

 One small tip:
With the suns rays beaming over London, butter cream really doesn't stand a chance outdoors. These have to be eaten straight away at a barbecue or kept in the fridge, then left out for five minutes for the sponge to reach room temperature.

The best part I find when making cupcakes is the smell of the magic working in the oven and decorating them. I think it's really important for cupcakes to be embellished in a creative way to reflect their flavour.

Get yourself a large rose tip nozzle for piping, fancy muffin cases, Dr Oetker edible gold decorating spray and few fizzy cola bottles.


60g unsalted soft butter
150g soft brown sugar
1 large egg
20g cocoa powder
150g plain wholemeal flour
130ml milk mixed with 1 tbsp white wine vinegar (buttermilk)
Half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp white wine vinegar


60g unsalted soft butter
125g icing sugar
50g cocoa powder
2 tsp cola flavouring
2tbsp milk
Dr Oetker gold spray
Fizzy cola bottles

▶ Method:
Preheat oven 180°c
Beat butter and sugar until combined and fluffy, then add the egg.
Stir in cocoa, flour and buttermilk mixture.
Lastly add bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.
Divide mixture into 12 cases and bake for 20 minutes.
Once risen and a butter knife comes out clean from middle cake, take out of tin to cool.
Make frosting by softening butter first (otherwise icing sugar will go everywhere) and stirring in icing sugar slowly then whisking with cocoa, milk and flavouring.
Pipe on completely cold cakes, spray gold from a short distance and top with cola bottles.
Favourite song this month:
'Doin' It Right' by Daft Punk and Panda Bear.