Lovesickness has no remedy. You spend your whole life looking for someone, even in the places where they are most unlikely to be. When you finally get to be in the same room as them, you can’t even glance in their direction because they’ll be talking to someone prettier, cleverer and better connected than you. Sometimes baking chocolate cupcakes in close proximity will make him come rushing to complement you on domestic goddessness. If your prince isn’t forthcoming, baking enhances your mood almost enough to make you not care.
Makes 10 cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 180 c
Cream together 100g butter and 1/2 cup caster sugar until light and creamy. This should take about 4 minutes with an electric mixer. Beat 2 medium sized eggs in a jug and pour into to the sugar and butter. Add a generous splash of vanilla essence. Sieve 1/2 cup self-raising flour and 1/2 cup cocoa powder into the bowl, and gently fold in. If the mixture feels too sticky, add 1 tbsp milk and mix with the electric mixer again.
Line a cupcake tray with cases, and put a heaped tbsp of cake into each.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Take out of the oven and leave for an hour to cool.
Meanwhile, cream together 100g icing sugar, 50g cocoa powder, 100g softened butter and 1 tsp water.
When the cupcakes have cooled, slice in half and spread with chocolate buttercream, then gently press the halves together.
Tip 50g Hundreds and Thousands (coloured sprinkles) onto a small plate. Mix another 100g icing sugar and 50g cocoa powder together (you can just add this to whatever is left of the buttercream) with a tsp of water. The icing needs to be easy to spread but not so runny that it drizzles off.
One by one, spread each cupcake with icing, and dunk into the Hundreds and Thousands.