In typical English weather fashion, the week before the Easter school holidays was glorious, then the girls broke up from school and it has rained and rained, and snowed and any other horrible weather that you might want to think of.
But in true English style we went for a picnic with friends yesterday anyway. We sat on a bench in the playground just as it started hailing. Hey ho, these cakes cheered us up as we sat under our umbrella.
They are very easy to make as they make use of a jar of chocolate hazelnut spread instead of having to make a buttercream topping. There is also a lovely dollop of chocolate spread in the middle too to give the cakes a lovely gooeyness when you sink your teeth in.
Makes 12 small cupcakes
110g softened butter
110g caster sugar
120g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
20g cocoa powder
splash of milk
About 100g chocolate hazelnut spread
Place the softened butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and milk in a large bowl and whisk until well combined.
Line a patty pan with cupcake cases and place a scant teaspoonful in the bottom of each case. Then put half a teaspoon of chocolate hazelnut spread on top of the batter. Top with another scant teaspoonful of batter. Place the cakes into a preheated oven at 180°c, gas mark 4 or the centre shelf of the Baking Oven of the Aga for 15-20 minutes until firm to the touch.
Place the cakes onto a wire rack to cool. Once cool, spread generously with chocolate spread and decorate to your heart’s content. Enjoy in the hail or the sunshine.