Mixed Spice & Chocolate Cupcakes

9 October 2016

It's been a week already and my second post of October is here! When it comes to baking, I like things to be pretty swift, as I have the tendency to make quite a bit of mess in the kitchen. Now, I don't know about you, but there have been occasions where I've wanted to bake, but have been hesitant when thinking about the potential mess. However, I've come to the conclusion that using cake mixes are the answer to my prayers. When I say last-minute, I mean it. They basically take away all the stress of not having enough ingredients, having to clean up so much and make for a much more relaxed experience. 

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely do enjoy the traditional measuring-out-ingredients and whisking them together but, just for the purpose of having sweet treats in the house, cake mixes all the way. Let's be honest, I'm no Mary Berry. Despite this, I have adapted the recipe slightly to make them more original and interesting to eat. 

For the mixed spice, you will need:
• 1 Victoria sponge cake mix
• 2 medium eggs
• 120ml milk
• 1 teaspoon of mixed spice 
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the chocolate, you will need: 
• 1 Victoria sponge cake mix
• 6-10 squares of milk chocolate
• 2 medium eggs
• 120ml milk
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

Mixed Spice - makes 12
1. Switch on the oven to 180-200 degrees.
2. Open the cake mix and pour into a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, milk, mixed spice and vanilla extract, before whisking together. 
3. Pour the mixture into your cake cases and slide the tray into the oven. 
4. Wait around 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out of the cupcake's centres clean. 
5. Leave to cool.
6. Finally, I placed my cakes onto a cooling wire and sieved icing sugar on top, but this is the part where you can do whatever you like!
7. Serve up and enjoy!

Chocolate - makes 12
*Follow all steps except, when adding ingredients, leave out the mixed spice and do the following:
1. Boil a kettle and pour water into a small pan. 
2. Place a glass bowl over your pan of boiling water and break off around 6-10 squares of chocolate. 
3. Use a wooden spoon to stir the chocolate as it melts.
4. Switch off the pan and remove the glass bowl. 
5. Pour the melted chocolate into your cake mixture and resume steps. 

And that's that! I told you these cakes were easy to make; in fact, that's about as basic as it gets when it come to baking. I hope you have fun baking these and, if you do try them, be sure to tag me in your photos on Instagram and Twitter!

Anya x

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