175g/6oz Odlums self-raising flour
4 tablespoons Good quality cocoa
125g/4oz Golden Caster Sugar
125g/40z Butter at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoon Peppermint essence
2 tablespoons Whole milk
Mint Butter Icing:
125g/4oz Butter at room temperature
225g/8oz Icing sugar sieved
Green food colouring
1/2 teaspoon peppermint essence
1. Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
2. Place paper cakes into the muffin trays.
3. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, milk and peppermint essence. If mixture starts to curdle, add a little of the flour.
4. Sieve the cocoa and flour and fold into the butter and sugar mixture.
5. Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the baking cases and bake for 20 minutes until golden and firm to the touch.
6. Cool on a wire tray and decorate with mint butter icing.
7. For the mint butter icing beat all ingredients until light and airy.
8. Pipe on your cupcakes and top with a chocolate button or flake