I am FINALLY back and I am now based in a small town called Cirencester in the UK. 😀 Mr. Croco is today celebrating that his favourite blog has existed for 4 months! His treat is some yummy After Eight Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting on…mmmm… 😀
Recipe (makes 6 cupcakes and 14 muffins)
- 125 gr butter
- 1 ½ dl sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 ½ dl plain flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½ dl milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
- 200 gr After Eight Chocolate
- 250 g (2 cups) icing/confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 80 g (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- a couple of drops of pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 After Eight on each cupcake
- Sugar Crunch
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (325 degrees F) Gas 3. Place 20 paper cases onto a baking sheet.
Stir the sugar and butter until fluffy in a bowl. Add the eggs and continue to whisk. Pour the vanilla sugar, baking powder and flour into the bowl. Add the milk and continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Break the After Eight Chocolate pieces into smaller pieces and add them into the mixture. Continue to whisk until everything is just incorporated.
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes. Leave the muffins to cool slightly in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Beat the icing/confectioners’ sugar and butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. Turn the mixer down to slow speed.
Combine the milk and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, then add to the butter mixture a little at a time. Once all the milk has been incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed. Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes.
Pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes and decorate with After Eight and Sugar Crunch.
Happy After Eight Baking! 😀