Sunday, 1 November 2009

Crunchie cupcakes

No, not crunchy as in texture, in Cadbury’s Crunchie.

This buttercream is my own invention. Talking to The Boy Wonder (the Caked Crusader’s nephew) we established that his favourite chocolate bar was a Crunchie. I pondered that I’d never seen a recipe using this bar. The key, to me, was to retain that distinctive chocolate and honeycomb I came up with adding some to the buttercream and then using the rest as a crunchy topping.

When you’ve ground the Crunchie bars it’s a strange sensation because the taste is so distinctive yet the texture is alien. What I loved was that the chocolate taste was still evident and added an element of moisture to the crumb so it incorporated nicely into the buttercream. This is what five bars of Crunchie, blitzed to smithereens in the food processor looks like:

I made a chocolate cupcake but I was toying with making a vanilla sponge and swirling some golden syrup through it; I reckon this would’ve worked too.

Halloween isn’t a big event for my family but I made an (admittedly small) effort to be seasonal and used Halloween paper cases and picks.

For the cupcake sponge:

125g unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g caster sugar
2 eggs
100g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
2 tablespoons milk
100g chocolate chips (I used milk but use whichever you prefer)

For the crunchie buttercream (warning: if you don’t like lashings of buttercream halve this recipe. My photos use the halved amount):
175g unsalted butter, at room temperature
350g icing sugar
3 tablespoons boiling water
5 crunchie bars (standard size), processed to oblivion i.e. fine crumbs


- Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan oven 170°C/375°F/Gas mark 5.

- Line a cupcake pan with paper cases.

- Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

- Beat in the eggs, flour, milk and cocoa.

- When the mixture is smooth and well combined stir in the chocolate chips.

- Spoon into the paper cases.

- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean. Mine took 13 minutes.

- Leave to cool on a wire rack and remove from the tin when cool enough to handle.

- When the cupcakes are cool, you can make the buttercream.

- Beat the butter until soft then beat in the icing sugar and water. The buttercream will go rather slack but keep beating and it will start to firm up as the water cools.

- Beat in approximately half of the crunchie. It’s really important to have blitzed them to fine crumbs in the processor so that the buttercream isn’t gritty. The crumb is amazing and tastes of both honeycomb and chocolate.

- Spread the buttercream over the cupcakes. I found I had quite a lot of buttercream left over – in fact, it would probably have done a further 12 cupcakes, but I know that we all like different amounts of buttercream.

- Holding the cupcake, dip the buttercream into the remaining crunchie crumbs so that the whole surface is covered.

- Decorate as required.

- Bask in the glory of the wonderful thing you have made.

- Eat.


April said...

oooooooooo! Must try these!!

April xx

Justin said...

these look good, but i'm not familiar with the crunchie bar

Helen said...

Yum yum yum. How lovely. I am wondering if it would also work with Dime Bars?

The Caked Crusader said...

Hi Helen

I think a Dime bar would work brilliantly. There are two key factors (in my opinion):
1. The bar must be cold from the fridge so you get nice clean crumbs rather than soft, slightly melted chocolate
2. The bar has to be ground as finely as possible

Good luck!

C said...

Love the little spiders!!!

The cake looks great - know what you mean about taste and texture though - it's really odd to taste something with the wrong texture!

I need to find something to do with the twix bars that the trick-or-treaters never arrived for!!! Perhaps I'll just have to eat them......

Nora said...

What a great idea! I love crunchie bars and think they would make a great topping for a yummy chocolate cupcakes.

Ling's Passion said...

Must give this recipe a try. I love crunchie bars.

GeNiaL said...

YUM...I will try these when I get the chance :)

Cakelaw said...

With all those Crunchies in it, it's got to be good.

Sam said...

I love crunchie bars, I'm sure these cupcakes taste delicious!

Margaret said...

Another of your great ideas! Love the cupcakes.

Katie said...

Love the idea of using crunchie crumbs! Never seen this done before. Will be giving it a go