Time for some more chocolate-y treats from Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme – just in time for the weekend!
This week I recreated Akta-Vite‘s Koala Cupcakes with a couple of small variations from the original recipe.
Instead of black jelly beans for the noses of the koalas, I used almond M ‘n’ Ms (I just can’t get enough chocolate, can I)?
I figured the almond shape would work perfectly for the little noses.
I also alternated between blue and brown M ‘n’ Ms for the eyes because I thought it might look interesting to have some blue-eyed as well as brown-eyed koalas.
And the mini marshmallows I bought came in orange, pink, yellow, and green, so I tried some different coloured ears for the koalas as well.
It was such a fun recipe. Thanks Akta-Vite!
Cream butter, vanilla, and Akta-Vite with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until most of the Akta-Vite has dissolved and the mix is creamy and paler in colour (approx. 2-3 minutes).
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Using a large metal spoon, fold a quarter of the flour in followed by a tablespoon of the buttermilk/milk. Repeat with remaining flour and milk. Spoon into cupcake papers to about 1/2 to 2/3 full.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool before icing and decorating.
Directions – Icing
Using a food processor, hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together all ingredients until light and fluffy.
Add a little milk if too dry, or extra icing sugar if too runny.
Ice each cupcake with approx. 1 tablespoon of the icing mix.
To make the koala faces, place two marshmallow halves at the top for ears, a black jelly bean for the nose and two M ‘n’ Ms for the eyes.
Sprinkle with coconut and gently shake to remove excess.
Bridget @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x