RECIPE: Black Forest Cupcakes

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Black Forest is always popular, and these cupcakes are a fun way to cook with Australian cherries. The preparation takes just 15 minutes but the finished product is presented so beautifully you would think they came from a cafe.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 12

Black Forest Cupcakes

You Need:

Cupcake Mixture

125g butter or margarine
1/2 cup caster/raw sugar
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
2 eggs
2 cups self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup dark cocoa, sifted
1/2 cup milk
200g pitted cherries, halved

Icing & Decoration

125g butter
1 cup icing sugar mixture
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1 tablespoon milk
12 whole cherries with stem on

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180◦C and place 12 cupcake wrappers in a muffin tin.

2. Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat together until creamy. Add eggs and beat well until incorporated.

3. Stir in yoghurt and then gently fold in flour, baking powder, cocoa, cherries and milk until combined.

4. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tins and bake for 40 minutes or until cooked. Remove from the muffin tin and allow to cool.

5. Make the icing by combining the butter, sugar and vanilla paste. Add milk as required to achieve a rich, creamy, spreadable consistency.

6. Sift the icing sugar over each cupcake and top with a cherry.

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