Dr. Oetker is one of my favourite baking brands so I was excited to see their new competition, the Great Chocolate Bake. Create a chocolate cupcake and win a trip to New York!
All you need to do is upload a photo of your entry to the Dr. Oetker facebook page and let them know which Dr. Oetker product you've used to make it. What I like about this competition - other than that it involves chocolate, and cake, and the prize is a trip to New York - is that the winner isn't chosen purely based on the number of Facebook likes, but the company itself will choose a winner. Votes will be taken into account to finalise the shortlist though, so you do need to encourage your family and friends to vote for you. But I hate competitions where the winner is decided purely on that basis, as it means the winner is the person who can persuade the most others to vote for them, and not necessarily the best entry.
So, what are you going to enter?
I made these chocolate lime cupcakes - a moist chocolate cupcake with a lime curd filling, chocolate lime buttercream on top decorated with Dr. Oetker mini chocolate stars and candied lime peel. They tasted delicious!
Chocolate Lime Cupcakes
an original recipe by Caroline Makes
To make 12, you need:
100g Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks 54% Dark Chocolate
175g brown sugar
175g plain flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp bicarb of soda
150g lime curd
For the frosting:
250g icing sugar
50g cocoa powder
juice and zest of 1 lime
50g caster sugar
Dr. Oetker chocolate stars to decorate
Cream the butter and the brown sugar then the eggs. Meanwhile melt the chocolate in a bain marie or microwave.
Add the flour, bicarb of soda and baking powder and the melted chocolate and mix well.
Finally beat in the milk.
Use a zester to pare the zest of the lime, then cut in half and squeeze out the juice into a small bowl (or the juicer itself).
Spoon the cake mixture into a dozen cake cases in a muffin tin. I used green cases to reflect the flavour of the cakes.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes until risen. Allow to cool.
Use a spoon to carefully scoop a small amount of the cake out of the middle, and add a teaspoon or two of lime curd.
Replace the parts of the cake you removed and gently sit on top of the curd. To make the candied lime peel, bring the sugar to the boil in a small pan with 100ml water and add the lime zest. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins. Remove the lime zest from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
To make the buttercream, cream the butter and the icing sugar and add the lime juice. Pipe onto the cupcakes. I decorated them with Dr. Oetker chocolate stars and the candied lime peel.
I am sending this to Alphabakes, the blog challenge I co-host with Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker, as our letter this month is C. I think we will get a lot of chocolate entries!
Disclaimer: Dr. Oetker sent me a selection of baking products in return for mentioning this competition on my blog.