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We’ll see if the gremlins and gone away. It seems they have at least slowed down over the weekend. Silly gremlins. How dare they get in the way of cupcakes and paper crafts?

Speaking of cupcakes, it has been forever since I’ve been able to bake for Cupcake Thursdays, and I did promise to post this super easy recipe for someone who asked, so here we go.

A warning note: you can make this with Nestle’s “Smarties”:Ă©%29, if you prefer, but I will think you are mad. You can make them with the positively heavenly UK creation known as Minstrels, and I will think they are too yummy to give away. Well, certainly not to children. Needless to say, if you count the enumbers in any of these sweets, the chocolates make this a non-organic recipe. Sorry…we all fall down somewhere, perhaps?

The M&Ms will sink to the bottom—I thought this would be a drawback, but the girls at work said it made the bottom of the cake like a candy bar. And that can’t be a bad thing! (Or…it could have just been our Thursday. Trust me.)

M&M Cupcakes

225g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate
200g sugar
150g brown sugar
1 tablespoon seedless raspberry or strawberry jam
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
250g plain flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
240mL (1 cup) buttermilk
As many M&Ms as you would like

Heat oven to 180C and line cupcake tin with papers.

Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl sat over a saucepan of simmering water. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in both sugars and jam.

Once cooled enough not to cook the eggs, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until even.

Add remaining ingredients except the M&Ms, stir in, then mix until even again.

Fill papers halfway. Drop in a few M&Ms and bake immediately, for about 18 minutes (shorter if you are making smaller cakes), or until a chopstick comes out clean.

Remove from tin and let cool. Ice with your favourite vanilla or chocolate frosting recipe, then decorate with more M&Ms and chocolate sprinkles.


PS: This website is helpful if you prefer cups to grams!

11 June 2007

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17 Comments for Between L and N

  1. jen Says:

    The M&Ms on the bottom are certainly a VERY good thing.
    Also, have you noticed that the sun only comes out once we get home… or is that just me?

  2. anna louise Says:

    mmmm, love the minstral idea as i am a galaxy fan
    anna xx

  3. Gracie Says:

    Cute cupcakes. And thanks for the recipe. I’m a blog lurker and yours is nice =)

  4. Gemma Says:

    gotta go buy some smarties right now – never been an m&m person – sorry!

  5. Colleen Jordan Says:

    YUM!!!! Gotta try that recipe! We are big Reese’s Pieces fans around here… might try it with those!

  6. Marie Says:

    This recipe is great(once again!).

    My army of M&M cupcakes is on my blog

    Why do I always forget that you bake for about 30 people at once?! I end up with a fridge full of cupcakes by the end of the night. LOL

    Thanks M

  7. Denita Says:

    Oh my goodness Shimelle you haven’t aged a bit since Pitt. I intend to come back and read a bit about your life when I get a moment, but how exciting…out of the states and I could barely make it out of KS for a few years…so jealous! Saw you on MySpace btw.

  8. Song Says:

    LOL – I agree with Marie – we are still eating ours! They are yummy though.

  9. Yasmin Says:

    They look fab. Can’t wait to have a go.
    But what about the buttermilk. Where can I buy it? Is there a substitute I can use?

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