Chocolate Pine-Cone Cupcakes

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Serves 12, Ready in 1 hour 25 minutes


Make these chocolate pine-cone cupcakes for Christmas, for an easy but festive sweet treatTraffic lights.png


For the cupcakes:

  • 150g Co-op unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g Fairtrade caster sugar
  • 2 Co-op British free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 150g Co-op self-raising white flour
  • 70g Co-op Irresistible Fairtrade
  • 70% cocoa dark chocolate, melted

For the icing:

  • 175g Co-op unsalted butter, softened
  • 350g Fairtrade icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 50g Co-op Irresistible Fairtrade 70% cocoa dark chocolate, melted
  • 150g milk chocolate buttons
  • 1 tbsp festive cake sprinkles (we used red, white and green)
  • You’ll need 12 cupcake cases


For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4
  2. Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases
  3. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla, and 2 tbsp of the flour
  5. Beat until combined, then mix in the remaining flour, along with the melted chocolate
  6. Divide between the cases and bake for 20-25 mins, until risen
  7. Leave to cool fully on a wire rack

For the icing:

  1. Beat the butter until smooth, then add the icing sugar, a little at a time, mixing until smooth
  2. Stir in the chocolate
  3. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe onto each cake in a pointed swirl
  4. Then press in the chocolate buttons to look like pine cones
  5. Decorate with the sprinkles and dust with a little icing sugar to serve