Saturday, 27 April 2013

Aero Bubble Cupcakes

Hey lovelies! This is going to be a fairly short blog post today, just because I've got a very busy weekend ahead of me but I still wanted to contribute to the blog. With university deadlines looming over the next few weeks and a dissertation proposal just round the corner, I definitely needed a bit of perking up. I'm also helping my brother and his girlfriend move into their new flat on Sunday and figured I would bake them some housewarming cupcakes to help get them nice and settled.

I was casually browsing Becky's recipe archive (because her creations are just awesome and so easy for a baking novice!) and decided to give these little beauties a go.

Now, I was a bit lazy - and also short of time - so I bought a Betty Crocker chocolate cupcake mix (complete with sprinkles, icing and cupcake cases) and it seemed to work really well. 

For this recipe, you will also need:
A bag of mint Aero bubbles
2 tablespoons of sunflower or vegetable oil
4 tablespoons of water
2 medium eggs

It's important that you freeze the bag of chocolate overnight so when the cupcakes bake the Aero bubbles do not melt completely. When you get round to baking the next day, they should be hard and easier to work with! To get started with the baking, preheat your oven to gas mark 4 and mix together the dry cupcake ingredients with the water, oil and eggs until light and fluffy. Chop your frozen Aero bubbles in half as best you can (they can be a little tricky to cut as you can probably see) in preparation for your surprise filling. Spoon a teaspoon of the chocolate cake mixture into each cupcake case, then place as much of the chopped up mint chocolate on top as you want. 

It should look a little something like this:
Cover the chocolate with the rest of your mixture and bake in the oven for around 12-16 minutes, or until you can stick a knife/skewer in the centre and it comes out clean. 
Then decorate as you like when your cupcakes have been left to cool on a wire rack for a while. I used the Betty Crocker icing and sprinkles which came with the cupcakes and topped with a whole Aero bubble. Easy peasy!
These cupcakes are so delicious! I mean, I had to test one to see if it had worked, you know? They have just the right amount of ooey-gooey chocolate with a nice little mint kick thrown in there for good measure! The Aero bubbles melt to create this sort of chewy middle which adds a bit of crunch to the cupcake. Yum!

So, what do you reckon to these little beauties? I think my brother and his girlfriend are going to be rather happy with these to chomp on while they're sorting out all of their flat-pack furniture! Hope you enjoyed, and have a lovely weekend whatever you're doing!

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