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Giant chocolate cupcake

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Put a different spin on your traditional celebration cake, this giant cupcake is a real showstopper and tastes delicious too.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:10
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the cupcake

For the icing

  • 400g 14⅛ oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon) Icing sugar
  • 100g 3½ oz Cocoa powder
  • 160g 5⅝ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 50ml 1¾ fl oz Milk (whole)
  • Dark chocolate shavings, for decoration

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan, gas mark 3).

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Using a hand held electric whisk or freestanding mixer cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla paste, beating in between each addition. Sieve in the flour and baking powder.

    Ingredients for this step

  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Pour the mixture into the cupcake tin, approx 2/3 in the large base and 1/3 in the lid.

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Bake in the oven for 1 hour, until the sponge is springy to the touch and golden brown in colour.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Cool and turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    To make the frosting, whisk the icing sugar, cocoa powder and butter until the mixture has a sandy consistency, add the milk then whisk on a high speed until soft and fluffy.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 400g 14⅛ oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon) Icing sugar
    • 100g 3½ oz Cocoa powder
    • 160g 5⅝ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
    • 50ml 1¾ fl oz Milk (whole)
  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Use some of the frosting to sandwich the base and lid of the cupcake together, then cover the lid with the rest of the frosting using a palette knife. Alternatively fill a piping bag and pipe the buttercream in swirls. Anti-clockwise swirls will create a buttercream rose effect. You can practise on a sheet of baking paper beforehand.

  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Decorate with chocolate shavings.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Dark chocolate shavings, for decoration