Surprise Cupcakes

Saturday 10 December 2011

One of the nicest things about the holiday season is that the shops are loaded with affordable, well prices little boxes of these delightfully delicious little morsels of temptation. Another nice thing is that . . . because it's Christmas, after all . . . one doesn't have to feel totally guilty about indulging . . . well, I don't at any rate! (I'll worry about that in January, thankyou very much!)

I went a bit crazy in Lidl's the other day and bought umpteen little boxes of these Ferrero Roche . . . thinking that I would give one to each of the sisters that I visit teach and . . . well . . . somehow I ended up with an extra one! Don't ask me how that happened . . . I have no feasible or believable explanation . . .

Anyways, I was going to make some cupcakes today because the missionaries were bringing over an investigator to teach in our home and I thought it would be a nice thing to do. I was just going to make my old plain buttery cupcake recipe and then I had an epiphany of sorts . . .

I looked at the cupcake recipe and then I looked at this extra box of ferrero rocher and I thought . . . oh wouldn't a cupcake just be the most delicious thing on earth if you hid a ferrero rocher in the middle of it before you baked them??? I mean, how wonderful would that be???

And so . . . I did it. I baked those cupcakes with a tasty little ferrero rocher chocolate truffle hidden in the centre of each one . . . and then . . . well . . . I slathered the tops of them with tons of gorgeous buttery moreishly delicious chocolate buttercream icing.
And then . . .

Why, I ate one of course! You wouldn't expect me to feed anything to anybody without having tasted it first would you??? I thought so . . . oh my the sacrifices I must make in the line of duty are nobody's business!

*Surprise Cupcakes*
Makes about 9
Printable Recipe

Buttery cupcakes with a sweet surprise centre of a truffle or other treat, and slathered with Chocolate Buttercream Icing. Decadently delicious!

4 ounces butter, softened (1/2 cp)
4 ounces white sugar (1/2 cup plus 1 TBS)
2 large free range eggs
4 ounces self raising flour (3/4 cup plus 2 TBS)
1 tsp baking powder

For the Buttercream Icing:
2 TBS cocoa powder, sifted (not chocolate drinking powder)
3 TBS hot water
6 ounces butter, softened (1/2 cup plus 4 TBS)
12 ounces icing sugar, sifted (3/4 pound)

To fill:
9 truffles, ferrer roche, etc.

Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Line 9 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.

Measure all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat well for about 2 to 3 minutes until well blended and smooth. Fill the paper cups 1/3 up with some of the batter. Press one truffle (or whatever you are using) lightly into the centre and then top with another dollop of cake batter to cover. The cups should be ab out half full.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until well risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and then from the tin to cool completely on a wire rack before proceeding.

Once the cakes are completely cooled make the buttercream.

To make the icing, blend the cocoa powder and hot water together. Allow to cool slightly, then add the butter and icing sugar. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Spread a portion of this buttercream over the top of each cupcake.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

Over in The Cottage today, delicious Grilled Chicken with Herbed Butter, Almonds and Gruyere.


  1. haha..oh, you are so like me. The cook has to sample just would be so wrong not to! :) Those look delicious!

  2. for a moment i thought you made ferrero rochers! looks a treat anyway! yum!

  3. I am so making these! My recipe folder is gradually filling up with your recipes

  4. You just gave me an excuse to go and buy a box of Ferrero Rocher, I've got to try these.

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  6. quality control,very important, lol, yum yum yum !

  7. What a wonderful idea!! and SO delicious - love this
    Mary oxo

  8. You make me giggle, Marie! Extra little things always fall into my basket at this time of year, too...and of COURSE you have to sample your baking! Looking forward to doing quite a lot of sampling this season!

    Just about to leave for the airport to pick up our college girl--so looking forward to it!

    Sending loads of love your way & wishing you a wonderful day, dear friend...stay cozy!


  9. Oh, oops. An extra package of chocolates? I hate it when that happens. :) You made do very nicely, though. :)

  10. Oh who's idea was it that I don't eat chocolate until Christmas???
    What a fool I am!

    Aren't you a clever bunny Marie.
    Such a simple idea but so effective.
    By the way...all good chef's taste their creations ~ its the proper and right thing to do.
    I admire your dedication ;D

  11. Dear Marie, these look amazing and tempting you know! my kids adore Ferrer roche (Im not good for chocolate) but these they adore, lovely recipe my dear, send you huggs and kisses to you and Todd of course and Mitzie(lol):)

  12. I love those chocolates. I'd definitely want to bite into your cupcakes.

  13. Oh wow, these look amazing! And we'd never learn any new recipes without trial and error, right?

  14. I have made a similar cake with mini creme eggs in the middle - equally as yummy!


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