June 20, 2009

Coffee, date and walnut cupcakes

Coffee date walnut cupcakes

MUNCH RATING: 3/5

Coffee and walnut is quite a classic cake combination, so I thought I’d add some dates too as I really like the sticky toffee taste they create.

  • Makes: 24 cupcakes (fairy size cases)
  • Oven temperature: Gas mark 4/350°F/180°C
  • You will need: 2 cupcake tins lined with paper cases
  • Oven shelf: Upper middle
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients for the cakes:
  • 225g (8oz) dried dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 225ml hot water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 125g (4½ oz) butter, softened (I used Stork)
  • 50g (2oz) dark muscovado sugar
  • 150g (5oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 225g (8oz) self raising flour
  • 100g (3½ oz) walnuts, chopped

Ingredients for the icing:
  • 100g (3½ oz) icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee, dissolved in 2 Tablespoons hot water
  • Walnut halves to decorate 

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4/350°F/180°C.
  2. Put the dates in a medium sized bowl and pour over the hot water.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract, instant coffee and bicarbonate of soda and set aside.
  4. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy (easiest in a food processor or with an electric mixer).
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, with a tablespoon of flour with each egg, beating well between each addition.
  6. Add the remaining flour and mix in well.
  7. Add the wet date mixture and beat in well.
  8. Then stir in the nuts (if using a food processor, transfer the mixture to a large bowl before stirring in the nuts as you don’t want to chop them up anymore).
  9. Fill the 24 cake cases with the mixture – they will be quite full – and bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  10. Leave in the tins to cool whilst you make the icing.
  11. Icing: mix the icing sugar with enough of the dissolved coffee to make a fairly runny icing – add the coffee gradually to get the right consistency. Drizzle or spread on top of the cakes and decorate with walnuts is desired.

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