The 12 Cupcakes of Christmas: Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

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As many of my friends and colleagues will know I have been planning my 12 cupcakes of Christmas for the past month or so. It will be interesting to see if I actually manage to produce 12 or will it be a far less catchy 7 cupcakes of Christmas that I end up with??!! Stay tuned to find out!! 🙂
I will be sharing my festive recipes in the lead up the Christmas and I do hope you will try one or two out. The general idea is that each one incorporates treats that we may have to hand in our homes at this time of year. First off is Ferrero Rocher cupcakes!

Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

Ingredients
100g soft unsalted butter
135g plain flour
150g caster sugar
20g cocoa
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons of milk
1 and a half teaspoons of baking powder
12 Ferrero Rocher for the inside of the cupcakes (chill in the freezer for half an hour before hand)

Icing
150g soft unsalted butter
300g icing sugar
6 tablespoons of Nutella
1 and a half tablespoons of milk

To decorate
12 more Ferrero Rocher if you would like to decorate the top of each cupcake. ( I used a pack of 16 so had 4 left over, you can chop then up to sprinkle on top if you wish or if you have the 48 pack sure you are flying it)

Method
Preheat you oven to 180 C / 160 C for a fan oven / gas mark 4. Prep a 12 hole muffin tin with some paper cases. Measure all your ingredients and pop into a large mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until all the ingredients are combined and the batter is smooth. This will only work if the butter is soft and at room temperature! Spoon a little of the batter into the paper cakes. Take the Ferrero Rocher from the freezer and add one into each casing. Cover each with the remaining batter and bake in for 18 minutes or so. Pop a metal skewer into the sides of the buns (not the middle or you will be in Fererro Rocher territory!!) If the skewer comes out dry the buns are ready. Pop the buns on a wire rack to cool.

Meanwhile prepare the icing. Whisk up the butter with your electric mixer and gradually add the icing bit by bit. Next add in the Nutella and milk and mix in. Pipe the icing onto the cooled cupcakes and top each one with a Fererro Rocher if you have some extras to hand. You could also top with some chopped hazelnuts.

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I love this shot that shows the inside of the cupcakes!! These were very popular with my colleagues when I made them so I do hope you try them out. Keep an eye out for more festive flavours and treats on the coming weeks! In the mean time keep up to date with my day to day on snapchat (bakemystyle)

Happy Baking!

M x

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