choc muffins for Kiddies

Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Today was a momentus day for my kiddies.
They had waited so long for the much awaited friday afternoon when I brought them the chocolate muffins I had promised them on Monday.

One of the kids had asked me everyday when I was going to be bringing the muffins.
Time. Such an elusive thing when you are 7...

This is my age old cake recipe which I use for everything.
Here I have halved it and reduced the sugar.

They look great if you sprinkle with chunks of reduced sugar chocolate (bittersweet baking chocolate), and will be loved by any kid with a sweet tooth (which kid doesn't have a sweet tooth tho?)
The picture is the same recipe covered with chocolate ganache, which can be omitted.

Little people's Chocolate muffins
Makes 14 small muffins

100 g butter
125 ml ( 1/2 cup) water
25 ml cocoa powder
75 ml (1/4 cup) sunflower oil
1 egg
80 ml buttermilk
250 ml (1 cup) cake flour
80 ml (1/4 cup) sugar
1 tsp of Bicarbonate of soda
50 g chocolate chunks or peices.

Preheat the oven to 170°C.

Place 12 or 14 muffin cases into a muffin tin.

Place the butter, water, cocoa powder and oil into a medium sized pot and heat on the stove, until the butter melts.
Leave to cool for 5 minutes.
In a separate medium sized bowl, mix the egg and buttermilk together.
Sift the flour and sugar together into a large bowl.

When the butter/cocoa mixture has cooled enough to pour into the egg, Pour half into the egg mixture and mix well. Add the teaspoon of bicarb to this mixture and add the remaining butter/cocoa mixture to the egg mix and stir well.
Pour this into the bowl of flour and mix well.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.

Sprinkle the chocolate chunks on top of the muffins.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when touched.