So to raise money for a heart-warming charity, I thought of selling heart warming "hot" chocolate cupcakes, with marshmallows in the shape of a paw on top. (I got the idea for the marshmallow paw from here)
I searched the internet for a hot chocolate recipe, but didn't really find one I wanted, so I used a chocolate cupcake recipe (one with sour cream - yum!), and added a whole lot of hot chocolate powder to the mix. The cupcakes were frosted with chocolate butter cream frosting, and topped with the marshmallow paw, then dusted with chocolate powder.
Again, I sold the cupcakes at work, to my very supportive colleagues, and was able to raise a whopping $108! I called up the shelter as they don't have an online donation option on the website. The lady said, I could just bring in the money to them, but what they would really love is if I could go spend all that money on Whiskers cat food tins, and bring them in instead! I am thinking that's a whole lotta cat food!!! But I don't mind doing that, Hahndorf is a lovely area, and I am sure with the help of my boyfriend to help me carry the tins we will make a fun day of it.
So without further babbling...here's the recipe:
"Hot" Chocolate Cupcakes - recipe adapted from Group Recipes
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups Self Raising flour
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Extra heaped tablespoon of hot chocolate powder (I used Cadbury Drinking Chocolate)
In a mixing bowl, combine boiling water, shortening, sugar, cocoa and hot chocolate powder. Beat until sugar is dissolved.
Add sifted flour alternately with the beaten egg, sour cream, and vanilla.
Fill cupcake cups about half full.
Bake at 350°F or 180°C for 20 -25 minutes. Frost with your favourite frosting. Enjoy!