Super Duper Cadbury on Cadbury Cupcakes

These are the kind of cakes my dad likes to describe as 'a heart attack on a plate', which to the rest of us just means a big treat! They certainly don't last long in my house, here's how to make them...

For The Cupcakes You Will Need...
100g (4oz) softened butter
150g (5oz) self-raising flour
3 tablespoons milk
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons coco powder

To make the cupcakes simply whisk together all of the above ingredients, spoon the mixture evenly between 12 muffin cases and bake in the oven (180 degrees/Fan 160 degrees/Gas mark 4) for 20-25 minutes. Once baked, transfer the cupcakes onto a wire cooling rack and leave the to cool completely before decorating.

For The Chocolate Buttercream Icing You Will Need...
100g (4oz) softened butter
225g (8oz) sifted icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coco powder

For the buttercream icing, whisk together the above ingredients. The milk can be added if the icing is too solid or you are struggling to get the ingredients to combine (it also helps to reduce the mess of icing sugar flying all over the place!).

Now, spread a good amount of the icing onto each cupcakes. To decorate my 'Cadbury on Cadbury' cupcakes I used...
Chunks of Cadbury Dairy Milk
Cadbury Wispa Bites
Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons

I piled on a mix of each of these goodies onto each cupcake, pushing them slightly into the buttercream icing. I then drizzled some melted chocolate on top of each of the cupcakes to finish.


Hope you enjoyed this recipe, feel free to try different variations on these cupcakes, maybe try using different toppings, whatever you like best and can get your hands on, or you could try baking plain vanilla cupcakes and decorate with vanilla buttercream icing and white chocolate toppings!

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