The title of these cupcakes is a little deceiving as the cupcakes should actually be called Trick and Treat cupcakes. The play on words came about when I wanted an alternative to the usual vanilla cupcake with chocolate icing that I use as my go to recipe. I decided that as it’s October I should get some of the warming spices out of the cupboards and decided to add some cinnamon to my cupcake batter which is where the trick comes in to play.
What’s really lovely about the flavour of the cake is that the cinnamon isn’t an overpowering flavour, in fact you don’t really get the hit of it until you’re ready to take your next bite when you realise that the chocolate and vanilla taste has faded and you’re left with the warming aromatic taste of cinnamon. I’ve provided my basic recipe below, I use this as the base of all of my cupcakes and it hasn’t failed me yet. The recipe makes 12-15 cupcakes (I use muffin cases)
240g cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
120ml whole milk
120g unsalted butter (I use stork)
2 large eggs
Preheat the oven to 180°c.
Place paper cake liners in a 12-cup muffin pan (you may need to use this again)
Sift the flour and baking powder together.
Place the milk in a small bowl and stir in the vanilla.
By hand or using a mixer which is my preferred method, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until the batter is light and creamy, and scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl after each addition.
Add the flour alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour.
Using an ice-cream scoop or a spoon fill the cake liners, filling each about three-quarters full. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top of the cakes springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the cakes comes out free of cake mix.
Let the cupcakes cool in the tray for 5 minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
The cakes are topped with chocolate buttercream and decorated with Halloween sprinkles and orange smarties.