Chocolate Ginger Muffins (makes 12)

Ingredients

Muffin Mix
  • 7oz-200g baking margarine
  • 7oz-200g golden caster sugar
  • 2.1oz-60g cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 2 medium eggs (free-range)
  • 7oz-200g self-raising flour (sifted)
  • 3.5oz-100g dark chocolate ginger chunks
  • 2 pieces of stemmed ginger (finely diced)
  • 3 tablespoons ginger syrup (from the jar of stemmed ginger)
Chocolate Buttercream
  • 5.2oz-150g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 10.5oz-300g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3.5oz-100g dark chocolate (melted)
Decoration
  • 5x ginger biscuits (roughly crushed)
  • Golden sugar sprinkles (optional)

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 392˚f/200˚c regular oven or 356˚f /180˚c fan assisted oven. Grease a 12-hole loose bottom muffin tin (or use paper cases) and set to one side
  2. Start by making the muffin mix by creaming the margarine and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until pale in colour and thoroughly combined
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition until you have used all 3 eggs
  4. Add the sifted flour and cocoa powder and combine again. Finally, add the chocolate chunks, ginger pieces and ginger syrup and using a wooden spoon, give everything one final mix so the chunks are well distributed. Spoon equally into the pre-prepared tin
  5. Pop into the oven for 20 minutes Check with a skewer in the center of a cake, if it comes out clean- they are ready. Remove the cakes from oven. Allow to cool in the tins for 15 mins before removing and allowing to cool completely before moving onto the next step
  6. Once the muffins have cooled, make the chocolate buttercream that will be used for the topping. In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and mix into a paste. Add the icing sugar and mix again, before adding the milk and combining it. Finally, add the cooled melted chocolate and mix one last time
  7. Spoon the buttercream into an icing bag and nozzle, pipe to a design of your preference
  8. Sprinkle the tops with crushed ginger biscuit and edible gold sugar sprinkles (or to your own design) and serve

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