It’s a good job I’m not on the market for a significant other as clearly, if this post title is anything to go by, I’m lousy at chat up lines! I’m sure if I were to test these very words out on a potential date, a gigantic thumb would appear out of the ether and left-swipe my existence into a real world Tinder hell-hole!
However, even if we don’t admit it, I’m sure everyone is partial to a bit of cheese sometimes, which brings me to this week’s Monday Munchies: Chilli Chocolate Cupcakes with a Lime Cream Cheese Frosting 🙂
I recently had a courgette cake with a lime frosting and it was delicious. The lime gave such a fresh, summery flavour to the icing – it was definitely the best part of the cake. I was impressed with the courgette too, much lighter than I anticipated it would be. Unfortunately, I’ve so far not had very good results using vegetables in cakes (except carrots), so I decided to pair the lime with dark chocolate in a trusty cupcake.
The dark chocolate has an added depth with the addition of the spice, giving a warming after taste which is perfectly cooled with a little zing of lime. However, they are just as lovely without the spice, so adapt and omit to suit your own taste buds.
Let me know what you think. Enjoy! 🙂 x
What you’ll need:
CUPCAKES (makes 12 large ‘muffin case’ cakes)
- 125g butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 100g self-raising flour
- 3 level Tbsp cocoa
- 50g dark choc chips or chunks
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 2 medium eggs
- 1/4 tsp (ish!) cayenne pepper
- 150g icing (confectioners’) sugar
- 125g cream cheese
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1 tsp lime zest (plus more for garnish).
Pre-heat oven to gas mark 5. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy then add eggs and milk, mixing well. Sift in flour, cocoa and cayenne, beating until smooth. Fill cupcake cases around 2/3 full. Bake in centre of oven for approx 15 mins (until firm to touch). Allow to cool fully on wire rack before icing.
For the frosting: Cream sifted icing sugar, butter and cream cheese together until fluffy. Add lime juice and zest, mixing well. If consistency is too runny, add more sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Should be fairly stiff. especially if piping. Decorate cupcakes however you wish, adding a little sprinkling of lime zest as a finishing garnish.