Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes with a creamy filling and frosting.
Those who know me well, know that I adore cupcakes. Those perfectly little already portioned gorgeous baked yummy handfuls of goodness. Oops, sorry. Rambling. I like a good cupcake and I’ve made many. On this occasion I set myself the challenge of creating a cookies & cream cupcake but I wanted one that didn’t rely on oreos to complete the cookies portion. I wanted it to be truly a cookies and cream creation in its own right. I researched high and low and pulled together bits of this and bits of that to come up with this delightful little treat.
First, I wanted the best chocolate cupcake I could find. Check! I’ve made this one for a few occasions so it totally fit the bill. It’s a delicate cupcake, moist and definitely for the chocolate lover.
Next was to create the creamiest buttercream topping I could muster up. Light, delicate and yes – creamy. Did I mention how creamy it is? This buttercream is an interesting recipe using a heated, thickened mixture of milk and flour but, trust me, I mean really! Trust me. It’s amaaaaaazing.
Nearly there. Now, how can I incorporate the cookies without unceremoniously sticking a cookie out of the top of my perfectly poised creamy frosting? Cookie base, that’s how. I use crumbled up cookies, butter and chocolate to create a crunchy biscuit base.
But why would I stop there. One of my favourite things to do with cupcakes is fill them. A little surprise centre that no one is expecting. I used a little more of that unbelievable frosting and mixed through some more biscuit crumbs. Rich? Yes. Decadent? Yes. Truly yummy? Absolutely!
Top it off with a sprinkling of crushed chocolate biscuits.
This is probably my favourite chocolate cupcake to make. It has everything. Flavour, texture. Delicate moist cupcake, crunchy, chocolatey base, creamy white topping. And I think it’s such a pretty cake.
Without further ado – go forth and bake.
- 115 g chocolate cookies
- 60 g melted butter
- 125 g unsalted butter softened
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 2 large eggs room temp
- 1 tspn vanilla extract
- 96 g plain flour all purpose
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk room temp
- 1 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp flour
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 230 g unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
Line a muffin tin with cupcake cases. Heat your oven to 175C (350F).
To make the cookie bases. Blitz the cookies to a fine crumb. Mix the cookies with the melted butter. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each cupcake case and press with your fingers to cover the base of each one. Place in the oven for 10 minutes.
While the cookie bases are cooking, put the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times. Add the vanilla and beat through.
In a separate bowl, sift the plain flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt and then whisk together.
Add half of the flour mix to the butter mix and fold through until just combined. You don't want to overbeat at this point or your cupcakes won't turn out light and fluffy. Add half the buttermilk and mix until just combined. Repeat the process with the other half of the flour mix, then the buttermilk.
Spoon the batter into the cupcake cases, over the biscuit base until they are all even. They will be about 3/4 full. Bake in the oven for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few small crumbs. The residual heat in the cupcakes will be enough to finish the cooking out of the oven. Leave them in the oven too long, and they'll become dry and crumbly. Let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. Make sure they are completely cool before frosting.
For the frosting, whisk the milk and flour together in a small saucepan over a low heat. Keep whisking until it thickens. It needs to be quite thick like a thick custard. Cool this mix completely before using it in the frosting. You can cool it quickly by pouring it into a cool bowl and placing in the fridge or freezer.
Beat together the butter and sugar until really creamy. About 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl a few times through the process. Once the milk mixture has cooled add it to the butter & sugar and beat for another 5-7 minutes. If it looks like it separates near the start, don't worry, just keep on beating. It will all come together into a beautiful, almost whipped cream looking frosting.
Take about 1/2 a cup of the frosting and mix through some extra biscuit crumbs. Cut a hole in the top of each cupcake with a sharp knife and scoop out the cake in one piece, fill with about 1 teaspoon of filling. Trim the cake piece that you scooped out so that it is just the top piece of cake, about 3mm thick and push it down on top of the filling. Top the cupcakes with frosting and then some extra biscuit crumbs. Devour 🙂