Crunchie bar cupcakes

Honey bee cupcakes

Honey bee cupcakes

This is the first in a series I am going to do on Chocolate bar Cupcakes. Followers of this blog will probably know I love baking, dessert and basically any chance to have a naughty treat. I have been more obsessed than usual with cakes and baking recently. Weather its been growing and baking Herman the German friendship cake or longingly looking through the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

The first chocolate bar cupcake I thought of was the Crunchie Bar Cupcake. I love crunchie bars (for those of you who don’t know the deliciousness of a crunchie bar, it is a honey comb center coated in milk chocolate. Gorgeous!) The mixture of sweet honey comb and milky chocolate is heaven.

I had to have a bit of a think as to how I could incorporate it best into a cupcake recipe and I am very happy with how it turned out. I am especially proud of making the decoration for the top, a pair of big fat marzipan honey bees. This was my first attempt at topping a cupcake with anything other than an icing swirl or just plonking some on top. It took a bit more effort to do but I think you will agree it is well worth the it.

They turned out to be very pretty and I think they would be good to make for birthday parties, afternoon tea or a treat for any time.

Crunchie bar cupcakes

Ingredients for 12 cupcakes

  • 12 cupcake cases and a 12 hole muffin tin
  • 115g butter
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 115g self raising flour
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tbsp pouring honey
  • 1/2 a crunchie bar

Vanilla Icing

  • 500g icing sugar
  • 160g butter
  • 50ml milk
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/5tsp yellow food colouring

Marzipan Bees

  • block of marzipan
  • flaked almonds
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 1/2 a crunchie bar

Recipe

Preheat the oven to 180c and get all the ingredients out so they can get up to room temperature and put the cupcake cases in the muffin tin.

For the honey cupcakes.

Put the softened butter and caster sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat together to a creamy, fluffy mix. One by one beat in the eggs. Sift the flour then beat it in. Finally mix in the vanilla essence, milk and honey. Chop the crunchie bar in half. Take one half and break it into small pieces. Stir these into the batter. Spoon the batter into the cupcake cases, filling them about 2/3rds of the way up. This allows space for them to rise up. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes. Check them after 17 minutes. The cupcakes are cooked through when a skewer or knife comes out of them clean. Allow them to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transfering to a wire rack.

Chocolate Bar cupcakes - Crunchy bar

Chocolate Bar cupcakes – Crunchy bar

Vanilla Icing.

Whilst the cupcakes are cooling its time to make the icing. In a mixing bowl add the softened butter and icing sugar. Beat them together with a wooden spoon to mix together a bit before beating with a mixer. Slowly increase the speed till you have a smooth mixture. Add the vanilla essence, yellow food colouring and milk. Continue to mix together till its light and fluffy.

Yellow vanilla icing

Yellow vanilla icing

Marzipan Bee’s.

Break of a little bit of the marzipan, and shape it into a little fat sausage like shape with rounded ends. If you have 12 cupcakes you will need 24 of these, two for each. Put to one side.

Chocolate bar cupcakes - marzipan bees

Chocolate bar cupcakes – marzipan bees

Melt the chocolate in a microwave or heat a saucepan of water and place a glass bowl over the top of it once the water is boiling. Make sure the bowl wont touch the water. Melt the chocolate in the bowl. When its ready get a tea spoon of chocolate and drizzle each bee with two lines across the middle. Use a skewer or the point of a sharp knife to make two eyes at the front. I think they look cuter this way. Let the chocolate dry for a few minutes. Now take two almond flakes and push them into the sides to make wings. Break the rest of the crunchie up as before.

Assembly.

Take a big bit of icing on a pallet knife. Smooth it down over the cupcake. Put two bees on each of the cakes and sprinkle with some of the crunchie bar.

Yum!

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7 responses to “Crunchie bar cupcakes

    • Thank you for your lovely comment Sinead. I love the little marzipan bees as well, they are so cute. I am glad you liked the post. I will be putting more up over the next couple of weeks.

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