Black Velvet Cupcakes


Prep time
30 minutes
Cooking time
20 Minutes
Serves 12
We've teamed up with our friends at Whitworths for this spook-tastic Cupcakes, perfect for Halloween night!
200g Whitworths Caster Sugar
75g Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
2 Large Eggs, at room temperature
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp White Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
200g Plain Flour, sifted
2 Tbsp Black Cocoa
1 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
150ml Buttermilk
300g Cottage Delight Strawberry Jam
Red Gel Food Colouring
200g Unsalted Butter, at room temperature (For Buttercream)
200g Whitworths Icing Sugar, sifted (For Buttercream)
400g Cream Cheese, at room temperature (For Buttercream)

Cooking Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C fan and line a cupcake/muffin tray with 12 cases.

  2. Cream together the caster sugar and butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well in-between each. Mix in the vanilla extract, vinegar and oil.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, black cocoa and bicarbonate of soda, add half the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix. Pour in half the buttermilk and combine, repeat using the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk.

  4. Fill each case approximately 2/3 full, bake in the oven for 20-22 mins and leave the cupcakes in the tray for 5 mins. Remove and cool on a wire rack, add red food colouring to the jam and stir to loosen. Once the cupcakes are cool, core the middle of each and fill with the jam. Set aside the remaining jam.

  5. With a handheld or stand mixer, beat the butter for 3-5 mins until pale and fluffy. Add the icing sugar and beat again for 5 mins. Then, drain the cream cheese if needed and add it into the buttercream, mixing for approx. 1 min.

  6. Pipe the cream cheese frosting onto the cupcakes and pop them into the fridge for 30 mins. Put the remaining jam through a sieve.

  7. Add a tsp of cold water at a time until the jam is runny enough to drip over the tops of the cupcakes. Using a piping bag or spoon, drip the jam on top of each cupcake and enjoy!

Don’t have Stawberry Jam?

If you don’t have any of the key Cottage Delight ingredients but love the recipe, perhaps you have one of these tasty alternatives in your kitchen cupboards instead?

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