Mulled Wine Cupcakes...
.... with a chocolate centre and a chestnut butter frosting.
2 cups plain flour
1.5 tspoons baking powder
0.5 tspoons bicarb of soda
0.25tspoons ground cloves
3/4 cups of butter
2/3 cups sugar
2 TBspoons orange marmalade
2/3 cups sour cream
2/3 cups mulled wine
Combine the flour, baking powder,soda,and spices.
Cream the butter and sugar.
Beat the eggs with the marmalade and mulled wine
Add the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients to the butter/sugar mix, alternating them and mixing well.
add the sour cream and mix well.
Melt 2.5 oz of dark chocolate, add 2 TBspoons cream and mix well to make a ganache.
Line muffin tin with paper cases, fill to about 1/3 with cake mixture. Add half a tspoon of the chocolate ganache.
Top with the rest of the cake mixture, and bake gas mark 4 for around 25 mins until springy.
when cool, add the frosting.
Approx 12 roasted chestnuts, either roast your own and scoop out the flesh, or buy tinned/vacuum packed.
Blitz them in an electric mixer or processor.
Add 2 oz butter and 4 oz icing sugar and one capful of vanilla essence.
Blitz again. You don't need it to be smooth, just well mixed.
spread a little on each cupcake. this amount is only enough for spreading, if you want to pipe you will need more of the mixture.
Take the bar of dark chocolate and scrape it with a broad knife to get flaked chocolate.
sprinkle over the cakes.