Thursday, 10 October 2013

(Hidden) Heart Centred Cupcakes

These cupcakes were inspired by an episode of the Great British Bake Off, which saw each contestant bake a celebration cake with a hidden centre. I wanted to try this out myself but on a smaller scale...that was when I stumbled across this 'hidden shape cupcakes' recipe.

You might think that is a lot of faff for a cupcake but you'll find it is surprisingly simple and makes for an impressive cupcake at the end (my Nan rang me especially to let me know just how much a lovely surprise it was). There are two steps to making these cupcakes.

Firstly, to make the hearts in the centre, mix all the ingredients together (caster sugar, butter, two eggs, self-raising flour, corn flour, milk, vanilla extract and pink food colouring), then place the mixture into a square tin until baked. Once cooled, place it in the fridge to allow it to set further, then use a heart cutter to cut the hearts out of the sponge with.

These can then be put to the side whilst you make the cupcakes, which are made the exact same way as the first batch, only they are put into individual cupcake cases. However, refer back to the recipe for the quantities as they vary from the heart mixture. 

Add two tbsp of the mixture to each cupcake case and then place a sponge heart in the centre (this may be easier to do one at a time as they tend to fall over) and pour the remaining mixture into each cupcake case - make sure you cover the tops of the heart shapes.

A top tip to make sure that the heart is facing forward when you cut into the cupcake is to mark each cupcake case on the sides with a pen. Then once out of the oven and cooled, decorate the cupcakes with butter icing to disguise any sign of something hidden inside and then wait for the surprised faces when people cut them open!

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