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Home Sweet Home Bakealong 47: Chocolate Praline Cupcakes

November 11, 2015

I’ve had a few mid-level baking fails recently. This being one and the other being the “bake” before it in the HSH series  – coconut marshmallows.

Praline Chocolate Cupcakes Hummingbird

Awww, nuts.

I cannot blame the recipe, but only my own laziness. The cupcake sponge, as with all Hummingbird cupcakes, was great. I didn’t use their icing recipe as I wanted to use up the cream cheese left from the last one. I thought I’d make chocolate cream cheese icing as it’s be less sweet, but it ended up very running and more of a slump than a swirl. In addition to this, past experiences with praline toppings suggested that I’d end up with way too much. To be honest, I just couldn’t be bothered to do the sugar thing. So I just toasted some nuts and sprinkled them over. The result… a messy looking and fine-but-not-stunning cupcake.  Do as the book says and not as I say.

And on that mediocre note.. the recipe is below

Home Sweet Home Hummingbird Cupcakes Chocolate

They don’t quite look the same as in the book

Chocolate Praline Cakes
from Home Sweet Home by the Hummingbird Bakery

For the sponge:
70g unsalted butter, softened
170g plain flour
260g caster sugar
50g cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
210ml whole milk
2 large eggs

For the icing (not as I made it):
450g icing sugar
60g cocoa powder
150g unsalted butter
60ml whole milk

For the praline:
65g chopped hazelnuts
130g caster sugar
50ml water

Mix all the dry ingredients for the cakes until breadcrumby. Add the wet and bake at 170c for 25mins.

Meanwhile boil the sugar into a golden caramel and pour over the nuts. Leave to set and then blitz into a powder.
Make the icing

Join Beckie and me in our Epic 100 part bakealong. Next week: Mississippi Mud Cake. Wow.#HomeSweetHomeBakeAlong

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Joan permalink
    November 12, 2015 6:09 pm

    They look dekicious to me! Xx

  2. November 15, 2015 2:58 pm

    Haha I’m so bad for trying to take shortcuts too. Your cupcakes look lovely though and I’m sure tasted delicious. Toasted hazelnuts with chocolate is always a winning combination.

    By the way I’ve just nominated you for a liebster award as I really enjoy reading your blog. Don’t feel obligied to take part if it’s not your thing as it’s just a bit of fun. Check out my blog post if you’re interested: 🙂

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