Great Irish Bake Off Week 1 - Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcakes  
Black Forest Cupcakes

Chocolate Sponge
225g Butter
225g Caster Sugar
225g Self Raising Flour
25g Cocoa Powder
4 Large Eggs

Macerated Blackberries
200g Fresh Blackberries
30g Butter
60g Icing Sugar
300ml of Crème De Cassis
3-4tbsp of Water

Buttercream Icing
250g Butter
500g Icing Sugar
60g Milk
2 Vanilla Pods
200g 85% Dark Chocolate

1 standard cupcake tin


  1. Heat oven to 180°C/160 fan/gas 4.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy, then add the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through.
  3. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix until well combined. Place 12 cupcake cases in to a cupcake tin and spoon the mixture evenly in to all cases.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 1 hour.
  5. Whisk both icing sugar and butter together, once whisked add the milk to loosen the icing slightly. Set aside for piping. In a hot pan melt a knob of butter adding the blackberries and icing powder. Bring to the boil and flambé with the crème de cassis, allowing to reduce slightly. Cool and set aside.
  6. With a sharp knife cut out the top of the cup cakes and drizzle with some Crème de Cassis.
  7. Insert a blackberry with some sauce in to each cupcake.
  8. Pipe the butter cream icing on to each cupcake.
  9. Melt your chocolate over a saucepan of boiling water.
  10. Pipe the chocolate over each cupcake.