It’s not every day you have a birthday, even if you are the Queen of England. But today is in fact Queen Elizabeth II’s 94th birthday, and though this year her birthday is being observed with restraint and silence today, in honor of Britain and the rest of the world’s current struggles, she will still be enjoying a classic sweet treat: chocolate cupcakes from the Royal Pastry Chefs. Comfort food: even the royals are doing it!
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🎂🧁🎈Happy birthday to Her Majesty! To celebrate The Queen's birthday we are sharing a chocolate cupcake recipe from The Royal Pastry Chefs. If you or a loved one are celebrating a special occasion during isolation why not treat yourself to some #RoyalBakes? Remember to share your creations with us! Ingredients for the cake sponges – (serves approximately 15) 15g vinegar 300ml milk 50ml vegetable oil 60g butter (melted and cool) 2 eggs 5ml of vanilla essence 250g of self-raising flour 75 of cocoa powder 300g caster sugar 10g bicarbonate of soda 100g white chocolate chips cupcake cases Ingredients for the buttercream topping: 90g of high percentage dark chocolate 100g butter 125g icing sugar Option to also use Royal icing, instead of buttercream: Royal icing available pre made in shops Add food colouring to create different colours Cake sponge method: -Preheat the oven to 150 C -Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl -Whisk the eggs in a separate jug, with the vanilla essence, melted butter, oil, milk and vinegar -Slowly add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, little by little -Ensure the batter is smooth with no lumps -Finally add the chocolate chips (alternatives could be nuts, dried fruit) -Lay the cupcake cases onto a tray -Use a metal spoon to equally divide the mixture into the cases -Bake for around 15-18 minutes, take out of the oven when golden and springy on touch -Leave to cool Buttercream icing method: -Cream the sugar and butter together, until light and creamy -Add in the warm melted chocolate -If you have a piping bag to hand, pipe the icing on the top of cakes for decoration (otherwise gently use a teaspoon or small spatula to ice) Royal icing method: -If decorating with royal icing, roll the icing out and cut into circular disks -Lay the disc over the cupcake and mould to required shape We hope you enjoy! #RoyalBakes 🧁
Birthday or no, it’s always chocolate cupcake time in our neck of the woods. Luckily, the royal pastry chefs have shared their recipe on Instagram.
Surprisingly, there’s nothing ultra-fancy, posh, or pricey in the recipe. It’s your standard chocolate sponge cake recipe, with one twist: white chocolate chips are folded into the batter before baking.
Once out of the oven, the cakes can be frosted with elaborate royal icing designs, or with a simple buttercream frosting made with butter, powdered sugar, and melted dark chocolate.
This isn’t the only royal recipe we’ve learned this week. The Queen’s former personal chef, Darren McGrady, also shared the Queen’s favorite scone recipe on his YouTube channel this week.
Now, British scones are a little different than American scones – they resemble round American biscuits more than the massive craggy triangular scones you’ll find at bakeries here. The Queen’s faves are firm on the outside, tender and fluffy inside, and the perfect vehicle for clotted cream and jam after tea time. And for those who are dying to know, the Queen always adds jam before the clotted cream.
It seems like everyone’s been baking up a storm these days, and though we’re all about the sourdough, maybe this week it’s time to switch things up in honor of Her Majesty and try making a batch of chocolate cupcakes and scones instead.