Saturday, 24 September 2011

Vanilla cupcakes with choco surprise and smarties

Every so often my little niece gets bitten by the baker bug and then she puts on her cute little Miley Cyrus apron, dusts a little bit of flour on her hair (apparently this makes her look professional or so she seems to think) and then pesters me to help around in the kitchen ( the actual baking) while she walks around shouting instructions (I have a feeling she has been watching Hell's Kitchen on the sly) and looking harried and busy! So, today she started pulling me to the kitchen, I decided to take the easy route and make cupcakes. The extremely simple vanilla cupcakes with choco surprise and a smattering of smarties on top. The smattering of smarties, courtesy the niece. This is absolutely simple for all that is required to make them is to drop all the ingredients into the food processor and blitz until smooth and then bake em. Very simple yet very very satisfying to eat. Here are the things you need,

  • 1 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 grams butter
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • small slabs of chocolate (Diary Milk, Lindt..whatever you have in your purse or in the fridge)
  • Handful of smarties

  1. Pre heat the oven 200 degree Celsius
  2. In a food processor, blitz together all the ingredients except milk until smooth.
  3. Then pour in the milk at the end and pulse until it combines well
  4. Scoop the batter into your cupcake mould and press in a slab of chocolate in the middle.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the cupcakes turn slightly golden on top
  6. Remove and let it cool.
  7. Sprinkle a few smarties on top
  8. and then watch as your niece walks around telling everyone how difficult it was to bake the cupcakes but nonetheless how she did it on her OWN.
  9. Sit back and smile!


  1. look delicious! gloria

  2. I love the idea of the chocolate surprise! And your niece sounds cute... (I give you the choice of either telling her...or not, haha)

  3. cupcakes, win kids over every time!

  4. Tell me about it and why kids, they pull me in hook, line and sinker, every time! :)

  5. Thanks Sumaiyyah. The chocolate surprise is such a hit with the kids specially if that surprise is gooey as hell like this one was! Oh and there was no need for me to tell my niece the compliment you paid her. The cheeky little monkey paid the blog a visit and saw your comment for herself. Needless to say she was know how little girls can be..Drama Queens!!!

  6. Thanks Gloria, they really were!! :)

  7. They look great! I love it when children want to 'help' in the kitchen. Mine are teens now and seem to have lost their interest in cooking and baking. Glad to have found your site :-)

  8. Tara @ The Butter Dish21 December 2011 at 08:41

    this post SO made me giggle!!! I can just see her now, waving a spatula around like a scepter, barking orders!! LOL. --- cupcakes look delightfully fun and yummy!! - I personally LOVE surprises. :)

  9. very informative post for me as I am always looking for new content that can help me and my knowledge grow better.


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