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♥ Chocolate S'mores and Pretzel Cupcakes ♥

A big thanks to my friend who have sent me this stand-alone Good Housekeeping CUPCAKES cookbook a long way from UK. It contains millions of amazing easy-to-make cupcake recipes which are waiting for me to dig in. For the first trial, I decided to adapt the most simplest cupcake recipe, with a alternation of using vegetable oil instead of butter. 

I know a chocolate cupcake would not be impressive enough. All the ideas should credit to my weekend family barbecue gathering, when I was toasting a marshmallow in front of the fire -> s'mores! I also combined my favourite snacks and the never-fail chocolate ganache to form these incredible, magnificent treats. S'more cupcakes with pretzel bites! You name it!

Adapted from Good Housekeeping CUPCAKES
Make 6 large cupcakes
You'll need:

For the cupcakes:
125g light muscovado sugar
100ml vegetable oil
2 eggs, at room temperature
15g cocoa powder
100g self-rising flour
100g semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the topping:
150ml double cream
100g semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 big marshmallows, halved
10 mini salted pretzels, crushed

How to make chocolate s'mores and pretzel cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 190C. Line muffin tin with cupcake cases. Set aside.
  2. Beat sugar and oil in a large mixing bowl. Gradually beat in eggs, one at a time.
  3. Sift cocoa powder with flour and fold into wet mixture with chocolate chips.
  4. Divide the batter equally between cupcake liners.
    (An ice cream scoop will do a great job)
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Set oven to broiler.
  7. Meanwhile, heat double cream in a medium saucepan over low heat until simmer. Pour over chocolate chips and leave it to stand for 5 minutes before stirring with a spatula.
    (This is the chocolate ganache which has to be cooled at room temperature)
To assemble:
  1. Top half marshmallows onto each cupcake, place under broiler for 5 minutes or until toasted.
    (Stand right at the oven to prevent burning)
  2. Immediately take out the cupcakes from the oven and press each melting marshmallow with your hand to cover the top of the cupcake. Let cool slightly.
  3. Drizzle chocolate ganache over the cupcake, sprinkle each with crushed pretzels.
With all my love <3

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