For the cupcake:Makes 16 (but I halved it to make 8)
115g Dark Chocolate
85g Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
175g Soft Brown Sugar
2 Large Eggs (separated)
185g Plain Flour
¾ tsp Baking Powder
¾ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
Pinch of Salt
250ml Semi-Skimmed milk (room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 190oC /gas mark 5. Line muffin trays with 16 muffin cases.
Break the chocolate into equal sized pieces and melt it in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Leave to cool slightly.
In a clean bowl, using a clean whisk, whisk the egg whites to form stiff peaks. Do this before anything else, to avoid having to wash your whisk/beaters.
In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar together until pale and smooth. Slowly add the egg yolks and beat well.
Next, add the melted chocolate and beat again.
Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and salt into a separate bowl and stir together.
In a jug, stir the vanilla extract into the milk. Gradually add alternate amounts of the milk mixture and flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and beat well between each time.Using a spatula fold the whites into the batter until everything is combined.
Spoon the batter into the cases, filling them about two-thirds full. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave the cakes in their tins for a few minutes to cool and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
For the Chocolate Ganache and cobwebs:
200g Dark Chocolate
200ml Double Cream
50g White Chocolate
Break up the chocolate and put into a bowl, along with the cream. Melt together over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally to combine them. Once they are fully combined, leave the ganache to cool and thicken slightly. This will make it easier to spread it onto the cupcakes.
Once the ganache has thicken, spread some onto the top of the cupcake. Tip: If any cupcakes have peaked whilst cooking, slice off the top and eat it! This will create a smoother finish.
To create the cobwebs, melt some white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and spoon into a piping bag. Pipe a small circle on top of the cake and then bigger circles around it. Using a toothpick, draw a line from the centre outwards and it will drag some of the chocolate wit hit creating a cobweb.
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