99s with a twist

We’ve been utterly spoiled with the good weather of the last few days and the entire population seems hell bent on cramming in the traditional summertime activities into as short a time as possible. It’s almost as if we’re expecting a thunderous rain cloud to roll in at any moment.

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Pic by Ruth Hartnup

For me, nothing says a sunny day like a 99. With or without syrup, possibly with some excessive sprinkling and never without the mandatory chocolate flake, if you opened up the dictionary to the word summer you would see a picture of the humble 99 sitting right alongside… Or at least you should. But who says a 99 has to be made of ice cream. As it turns out, they taste just as good (if not better) in cupcake format!

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For the cake mix

12 flat-bottomed wafer cones (Askey’s)
200g butter
200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
4 tbsp custard powder
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream

400g icing sugar
300g butter
2 tsp vanilla
And a dash of milk if it’s too stiff

This is a really easy recipe with extremely fun results. I picked it up in one of many BBC Good Food magazines from a few years ago.

As per usual, set your oven for 180c and sit your wafer cones into a 12 hole muffin tin. This will make them easy to get in and out of the oven, without falling over…  Well that’s the plan.

Use the all in one method and put all your cake mix ingredients in a big bowl together. Just make sure the butter is soft enough and the eggs have reached room temperature. Beat together with your handheld or freestanding mixer.

Once the mixture is combined, spoon the mix into the cones filling each one 3/4s full. Pop into the oven for 30mins or until the skewer comes out clean.

While they’re in the oven, make the buttercream. Cream the butter and sift in the sugar and beat the mixture together. If it’s a little stiff, add a drop of milk, then add the vanilla extract.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, you can then pipe on the buttercream using any nozzle you like. I like a traditional 99 swirl.

Now for the fun part! Chocolate sprinkles, hundreds and thousands, smarties… You add whatever topping you like. Just make sure not to forget the flake… They just don’t look right without them.

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Pic by Shari’s Berries
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