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Lerato’s easy Christmas chocolate cupcakes

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Christmas is a time for reflection, peace, joy, family and chocolate. What other time of the year do we have the excuse to celebrate every day? From advent, up until Christmas, and even after boxing day, there is still the new year to look forward to. This celebration comes with a lot of cooking responsibility for some, but while lots of eating require lots of cooking, this is the perfect opportunity to cook together. This recipe for chocolate cupcakes is such a delight. Cinnamon makes it fit for Christmas while olive oil gives the cake an unbelievable richness and produces a super moist cake that you can enjoy on its own or with your preferred glaze. Although I guaranteed, it will be a crowd pleaser, I cannot guarantee, it will last, so make lots and lots.

Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes 20 cupcakes

Ingredients
300g plain flour
250g caster sugar
100g cocoa powder
2tsp baking powder
2tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 eggs
300ml warm milk
150ml olive oil
3tsb vanilla extract
3 tbsp. cinnamon
300ml hot water
1 table spoon melted butter, for greasing

Let’s get cooking!
Preheat the oven to 180C or gas mark 4. Grease your cup cake tins with melted butter.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs rigorously until fluffy. A hand whisk is perfectly alright.
In another bowl sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar cinnamon and cocoa powder. This makes for a lighter batter with no lumps.

Add the oil, vanilla extract, warm milk and add the hot water a little at a time into the bowl. Mix well with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until all ingredients are fully incorporated. But be careful not to over mix. Don’t be alarmed as the batter should be very runny but still thick.

Use an ice cream scoop to pour the mix into the cupcake tins.
Check the cake after 15 minutes by inserting a toothpick into it. If it comes out with we cake mix on it then continue cooking for a further 5 minutes. Then check again. Once done the toothpick should come out clean.

Take the tins out of the oven and leave to cool for 30 minutes.

What are you waiting for? ENJOY!!!!

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