Citrus Choc Cupcakes

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Citrus Chocolate Cupcakes recipe with a salty liquorice buttercream frosting.

Ingredients
250ml Milk (I use ratio 3/4 milk 1/4 water)
60ml Coconut Oil (or sunflower oil)
500ml Cake Flour – sifted twice
30ml NoMU Drinking Chocolate
4 Jumbo Free Range Eggs
500ml White Granulated Sugar
10ml Baking Powder
5ml Vanilla Essence (or the seeds from 1/2 Vanilla Pod)
Pinch Salt
5ml Brown Vinegar
Finely grated zest of half a ClemenGold

Salted Liquorice Buttercream Frosting:
500ml Icing Sugar (confectioners sugar)
125ml Butter
5ml Good quality Sea Salt Flakes
1 x 60g Liquorice Toffee bar – cut into small pieces
25ml Fresh Cream
Tiny drop of Black Gel Food Colouring

How to
Preheat Oven to 180C
Line muffin trays with paper cups
Boil Oil & Milk together (I do it in the microwave)
Beat eggs & sugar together till pale & thick (about 5min on high)
Add the vinegar, zest & vanilla & beat in
Sift flour, baking powder, drinking chocolate & salt together
Fold gently into beaten egg mixture
Add hot milk & oil mixture
Fold all together gently
Pour about an ice cream scoop amount into each paper cup. They should be about 3/4 full
Bake for 12 -15 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean
Turn out onto wire cooling racks to cool completely before frosting

Salted Liquorice Buttercream Frosting:
Place the toffee and cream into a glass bowl and microwave at short bursts until the toffee is melted and incorporated into the cream. It makes a thick paste. Stir in the salt flakes

Beat the butter until it is very pale and creamy.

Add the sugar (in two lots) beating well after each until the icing is thick and white

Add the liquorice mixture and beat all together.

Add a bit of milk to thin to a piping consistency

Add a tiny drop of Black Gel Food Colouring to get a good greeny black colour but not dark. I use a cocktail stick that I dip into the gel and what was on the tip of the stick was enough to colour the frosting.

Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes and decorate as desired.

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