Sticky toffee cupcakes with chocolate topping

Sticky Coffee Cupcakes

Makes about 12

  • 30 g sultanas

  • 30 g dried apricots

  • 30 g dates

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 140 g self-raising flour

  • 30 g muscovado sugar

  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup

  • 1 large free-range egg

  • 30 g butter, melted

  • 140 ml water, hot

  • For the chocolate topping

  • 40 g butter

  • 40 g caster sugar

  • 40 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

  • 70 ml double cream

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. In a food processor, blitz the sultanas, apricots, dates, baking powder and a little of the flour (just enough to stop the fruit sticking to the blades). If you don't have a food processor, you can chop it very finely. Put this mixture into a bowl with the muscovado sugar, the golden syrup, the egg and the melted butter and stir together. Then add the very hot water and the remaining flour and mix well with a whisk. Divide the mixture between 12 cupcake papers (I like to double up the papers to give the mixture a bit more hold) and place on a baking tray. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes.



Meanwhile, melt all the chocolate topping ingredients in a saucepan and bubble for a while until darkened in colour slightly. Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool until it thickens. Then put a blob on top of each cupcake.

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Sticky toffee cupcakes with chocolate topping

An epic combo

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I used to love cupcakes as a kid and, while mucking about with a sticky toffee pudding recipe, I came up with this epic combo - it always puts a smile on my face.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. In a food processor, blitz the sultanas, apricots, dates, baking powder and a little of the flour (just enough to stop the fruit sticking to the blades). If you don't have a food processor, you can chop it very finely. Put this mixture into a bowl with the muscovado sugar, the golden syrup, the egg and the melted butter and stir together. Then add the very hot water and the remaining flour and mix well with a whisk. Divide the mixture between 12 cupcake papers (I like to double up the papers to give the mixture a bit more hold) and place on a baking tray. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt all the chocolate topping ingredients in a saucepan and bubble for a while until darkened in colour slightly. Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool until it thickens. Then put a blob on top of each cupcake.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 146
    7%
  • Carbs 13.7g
    5%
  • Sugar 13.3g 15%
  • Fat 9.5g 14%
  • Saturates 5.7g 29%
  • Protein 1.3g 3%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 30 g sultanas

  • 30 g dried apricots

  • 30 g dates

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 140 g self-raising flour

  • 30 g muscovado sugar

  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup

  • 1 large free-range egg

  • 30 g butter, melted

  • 140 ml water, hot

  • For the chocolate topping

  • 40 g butter

  • 40 g caster sugar

  • 40 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

  • 70 ml double cream