Cupcakes as far as the eye can see ;)

Cupcakes as far as the eye can see 😉

I take it as a great compliment when people ask me to bake for their special occasions as I love baking and what a proviledge to get paid for it. So, when I was aksed by a friend tomake 6 dozen chocolate cupcakes for her son’s baptism, I said yes straight away. I have a very small oven so I knew that this would take most of Saturday morning but I was very willing (a testament to how much I love baking). I used a fellow bloggers recipe and found that doubling the recipe yielded 5 dozen cupcakes. I doubled the recipe for the icing she recommends too and this seemed to stretch far enough despite me piping the icing onto the cupcakes.

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Serves 8 – 10

250g butter

250ml oil

60ml cocoa powder

500ml water

1000ml flour

800ml sugar

4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten

10ml bicarbonate of soda

10ml vanilla essence

250ml buttermilk


120ml butter

60ml cocoa powder

60ml buttermilk

1120ml icing sugar, sifted

10ml vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 180 C.

Grease a ring pan well.

In a pot heat the butter, oil, cocoa powder and water.

When the butter has melted, remove the pot from the heat.

Cool slightly and place in a large mixing bowl.

Add the flour and sugar.

Mix well.

Add the eggs and bicarbonate of soda, vanilla essence and buttermilk.

Mix together.

Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for approximately 36 minutes in a metal ring pan (29 minutes in a silicone ring pan). For cupcakes, bake for 18-20 minutes.

While the cake is baking, prepare the icing.

Melt the butter.

Add the sifted cocoa powder and buttermilk.

Then add the icing sugar and vanilla essence.

Beat until smooth.

When the cake is baked, remove from the oven.

Cool and then pour (of pipe) over the icing.

This obviously left me short of 1 dozen cupcakes so I mixed up another batch of chocolate cake, make 1 more batch of cupcakes and turned the rest of the batter into a loaf which I could use for #worldbakingday @ilovebakingSA #caking challenge.

After the picture was taken for #caking a gust of wind blew the cake into the sand so we didn’t get to eat it but it was fun to have to find an unusual place to photograph your cake (I have no idea what the other people on the beach thought of us while we did this particular photo shoot).