I’ve been playing ‘hide and seek’ with cupcakes and it’s great fun! For the game to work I baked chocolate fudge cupcakes baked with rolo inside adorned with lashings of caramel buttercream.
The Rolo hidden inside was what I hoped would make them a hide and seek cupcake. Although I froze the Rolos for 24 hours before hand in the hope they would remain somehow intact inside the cupcake sadly they didn’t but who cares when your welcomed by an explosion of moist fudgy chocolate cake.
Homemade caramel was added to the buttercream and then drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce and of course a Rolo completed the ensemble.
Then the fun began! Yes fun! I had to write it twice to remind myself as life rang me the other day:
“Excuse me I’m looking for fun.”
“ Err, I don’t know where she’s gone?” I replied whilst looking up at the ceiling wondering if she was perhaps hanging off there with the remnants of mis-tossed pancake. “Perhaps she’s gone out with childhood wonder and laughter to play.”
“Hmmmm,” Life replied. “When she gets back get her to give me a call”
“Oh, OK.” I sang before a forceful slam reverberated in my ear drum which signalled the end of the conversation.
It was then I realised fun, wonder and laughter must have got bored waiting and gone off exploring without me. After sulking for a few days I had an ephinay of sorts. I could find fun again, yes it might take some work but I was sure I could track them all back down eventually. I set myself a challenge for three weeks as I believe things should and do always come in threes. This challenge would be based on me, us and them. For me: I wanted fun back even more than ‘twihards’ want Edward to show up in their living rooms so they can breathe ‘bite me you sexy beast’.
So I set about wondering and came up with this:
- Could I bake a Rolo inside a cupcake and it still be whole?
- Is it possible to play a game involving cupcakes?
- Could I find fun, bring her back and share her with my Husband and teenage son?
The answer was no, yes, yes in that order. The hide and seek cupcake game is easy with two variations:
- Hide cupcakes around the house whichever are not found are yours so hide well and give them a time limit to find them. Hmm about 10 seconds seems fair.
- Set a 007 challenge to overcome household obstacles in a race against the clock to find the cupcake in 70 seconds and return back to the starting point and sing the 007 theme tune. If you haven’t seen the coke zero version of 007 challenge you must watch it for inspiration! Think locked doors, chairs, discarded toys, rogue shoes and people getting in your way so pretty much like a normal day but with cake.
They both moaned initially when they realised they had to play a game to get their cupcake but when the countdown started they couldn’t stop their little faces lighting up. You see there is nothing loved more by men than a challenge which involving man V food.
From this challenge I learnt that fun is still out there and although admitedly she just pops in every now and then I aim that one day she might stay a bit longer until the day she moves right back. When you have fun you might notice that the other people in your life seem happier too and when you share the fun you get to witness that sparkle appear back in their eyes that you forgot existed. I’m not quite at the end of my three week challenge but it makes me wonder what else can I do for 21 days?
Try it out yourself: give yourself permission to go and play ‘hide and seek’ cupcakes and find out that fun might just be waiting patiently for you to invite her back in.
Ingredients for Chocolate Fudge Rolo Cupcakes
130g room temperature butter
3 fl oz / 95 ml of boiling water
3 tsps strong coffee granules
75g Self raising flour
75g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
300g caster sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
5 tbsp sunflower oil
70ml sour cream
Chocolate Fudge Rolo Cake Instructions
- I froze my rolos for 24 hours (but up to you if you wish)
- Preheat the oven
- Line a muffin tin with liners (my mix made 13 cakes so I left one to bake later)
- Mix coffee with boiling water and add to a pan with butter and chocolate
- Heat the mixture gently to melt
- Sift all dry ingreadients into your mixer bowl
- In a bowl combine and mix eggs, oil and courcream
- Add both the egg and chocolate mixture to the dry ingreadients
- Mix on low (2 for Kitchen aid) until combined
- Add approx 2 tbsp of mixture (I use a cookie scoop)
- Add one rolo in the centre of each and top with further tbsp. to cover the rolo
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until the top springs back when touched or cake tester is clean
- Leave to cool in the tin
Caramel Buttercream Ingredients
125g caster sugar
4 tbsp of water
80ml double cream
½ tsp of salt (optional but does bring out the flavour)
1 tsp of vanilla essence
200g icing sugar
2-3 tbsp of milk (if needed to make the buttercream lighter for piping)
Caramel Buttercream Instructions
- Heat the sugar and water in a pan until the sugar has disoloved
- Continue cooking until it turns a golden colour and thickens slightly
- Remove from heat and add cream be aware it may splutter so be careful
- Stir and leave to cool
- Cream butter and icing sugar for 5-6 mins (Kitchenaid gradually increase to speed 6 once combined)
- Add caramel and beat until combined (reserve some caramel to drizzle over your cupcakes)
Pipe or cover your cupcakes with lashing of caramel buttercream, drizzle melted chocolate and caramel over the top and adorn with a Rolo. Then go and hide them, trash the house and set the timer :)