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Millionaires' Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes topped with caramel buttercream with a hidden shortbread and caramel centre.
Course Dessert
Keyword Chocolate Cupcakes, Sponge Cake
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 cupcakes
Author Charlotte Oates


Chocolate cake

  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • 115 g caster sugar
  • 20 g cocoa powder
  • 50 g milk chocolate
  • 2 large eggs
  • 115 g soft butter/margarine
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp milk

Caramel buttercream

  • 150 g soft butter
  • 150 g caramel sauce I use a batch of my homemade caramel sauce
  • 150 g icing sugar

For the hidden centre


Chocolate cake

  • Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC/140ºC fan.
  • Line a 6-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  • Grate the milk chocolate (50g).
  • Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl (100g self-raising flour, 20g cocoa powder, 115g caster sugar, 2 large eggs, 115g soft margarine, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp milk and the grated chocolate) mix on a low speed until fully combined.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the cupcake cases.
  • Put the tin in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Once cooked, remove the cakes from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack while you make the caramel buttercream.

Caramel buttercream

  • Put the buttercream ingredients into a large bowl (150g butter, 150g caramel sauce, 150g icing sugar) and beat on a low speed until fully combined and smooth.

Build the cupcakes

  • Use a pestle and mortar or rolling pin to crush the shortbread biscuits.
  • Use a teaspoon to scoop out the centre of each cupcake.
  • Add 1tsp of caramel sauce and then 1 tsp of crushed shortbread into the centre of each cupcake.
  • Put the caramel buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe the buttercream on top of each cupcake.
  • To finish sprinkle each cupcake with a little of the crushed shortbread.
  • Enjoy


Nutritional information is not provided as you probably don't want to know - it's quite a bit of running!