Autumn Leaf Cupcakes

Here is the third recipe from my Thanksgiving cupcake baking series - autumn leaf cupcakes! This is a chocolate lover's dream as it consists of a chocolate cupcake with chocolate cream frosting and the autumn leaves are made from melted chocolate chips! I'm not usually a big chocolate fan but I have to admit that these are pretty tasty as the cupcake isn't too sweet. (For reference I used Bournville Baking Cocoa.)

To make the chocolate cupcakes you will need:

2 cups plain flour
1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup hot water
2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
3/4 cup butter
1 and 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

To make the chocolate cream frosting you will need:

1/2 cup butter
3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted & cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups icing sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk

For the leaf cut-outs I just used 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, melted.  To watch my full recipe video on how to make these click here

Hope you enjoy these cupcakes, let me know if you try them out!


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