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Giant Exploding Flakes Cupcake Recipe

As part of our Great Whittard Flake Off, Head Office have been coming up with their very own inventions using our Flaked Drinking Chocolate. Today, Customer Service Advisor, Jaime show us how to make this delicious giant cupcake, with a hidden flake explosion inside. We thought we'd start the series of recipes off with a bang, with this very appropriate creation.   

For this cupcake recipe you will need a giant cupcake mould.

 Ingredients:

* 200g unsalted butter

* 520g caster sugar

* 4 eggs

* ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

* 90g of 60% cocoa flakes

* 1.5 tsp baking powder

* 1.5 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

* Pinch of salt

* 340g plain flour

* 320ml whole milk

Method:

* Set oven to 170c

* Grease both halves of your cupcake mould liberally with `cake release' spray or butter.

* Cream butter and sugar together until light & fluffy

* Add eggs one at a time, mixing well around the sides to incorporate

* Slowly add vanilla, cocoa, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt until well mixed

* Add half the flour and mix well

* Add the milk and mix

* Finally, add the remaining flour and mix until combined

Baking:

Fill the bottom half of your cupcake mould ¾ full with batter and cook for 50-55 minutes

Fill the top half ¾ full and bake for 40-45 minutes

Top tip: you can use any leftover mixture to make additional chocolate sponge cupcakes, baking for 20-25 minutes

Once your cupcake halves have baked, leave them to cool. Once cool, fill the hollow in the centre with Flaked Drinking Chocolate in the flavour of your choice. We used White and Dark Flaked Drinking Chocolate. Seal the top onto your cupcake, with a little of the icing detailed below.  

Buttercream Icing Ingredients:

* 140g/5oz butter, softened

* 280g/10oz icing sugar

* 1-2 tbsp milk

* A few drops food colouring

Buttercream Icing Method: 

Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.

Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in the milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture. Don't add too much, it will make the mixture difficult to pipe!

Stir in the food colouring until well combined and bright. 

After icing, surround the base of the cupcake with Chocolate Fingers and secure with a ribbon.

If you create a delicious treat using our Flaked Drinking Chocolate, whether that's a drink, cake or pudding, send us a photo using #fabflakes on Twitter or leave a comment on our Facebook wall. 

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