We love a themed bake over at xameliax and what better theme is there than Christmas!!! My Merry Muffins with their Dark Chocolate Orange Ganache centre and Boozy Brandy Buttercream are the perfect treat for those days when you fancy something indulgent but can’t face yet another mince pie! Made to look like Christmas Puddings with adorable sprinkles and chocolate chips instead of sultanas they make great party fodder or as a sneaky snack around the tree at home. I’m so pleased with how they turned out and I’m proud to announce they went down very well with friends and family and taste, quote, ‘Just like Christmas!’. I’d say that’s a festive winner, let’s get baking!
What you’ll Need:
Muffins (makes 10)
70g Plain Chocolate
185g Self-Raising Flour
1/2 Tablespoon Baking Powder
30g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
43g Caster Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
70g dark choc chips
110g Heavy Cream
110g Dark Chocolate
1 tsp Orange flavouring
140g Icing Sugar
2 Tbsp Brandy
- Heat your oven to 200oC/ Gas Mark 6
- Beat together the Egg, Vanilla Extract, Sunflower Oil and Milk in a large baking bowl
- Melt your plain chocolate over a bain-marie (I use a small bowl over a pan of boiling water) and add to wet ingredients
- Sieve together the Flour, Cocoa Powder, Caster Sugar and Baking Powder
- Mix dry ingredients into the wet half a bowl at a time and fold in using a metal knife or spatula
- Carefully stir in the chocolate chips to your batter – don’t knock the air out!
- Spoon into 10 muffin cases inside your muffin tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until well risen and a knife comes out clean
Ganache (while your muffins are baking)
- Gently heat your cream over a low heat being careful not to boil it
- Chop or break the dark chocolate into small pieces and add to the cream
- Stir until the chocolate and cream are melted together and add your orange extract – it should look nice and shiny at this stage!
- Cool your pan in a sink of cold water and finish off in the fridge stirring every 5 mins until cold (around 15 minutes)
- Whip it up again with your electric beater so it lightens in colour and becomes nice and thick
Fill your muffins by using a cupcake corer (I got mine form Sainsburys for £1.50!) to take out the centre of each muffin and pipe in lots of your chocolate ganache!
TOP TIP: Put your piping bag into a tall glass and fold the top of the bag over the rim of the glass for an easy way to fill them without getting in a mess!
- Beat together the butter, icing sugar and brandy until stiff and pipe-able
- Pipe onto the top of your muffins however you like (I used a Wilton 2D Flower nozzle) and decorate with Christmas Sprinkles – mine are from Morrisons!
I love love love these Christmassy muffins and although they seem like they have a lot of steps they really don’t take that long to make…so what are you waiting for!
Don’t forget to tweet me a picture @xameliax if you give my Merry Muffins a go! #christmasmuffins
(If you do decide to recreate my Merry Muffins on your blog please do be so kind as to add a link back to me, I’m quite proud of this Christmassy creation!)