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Neapolitan milkshake cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • Wafers, cut into small triangles, to serve
  • Sprinkles, to serve
  • Vanilla malt cream
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream
  • 1 tsp icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tbsp malted milk powder
  • Strawberry frosting
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup icing sugar mixture
  • 1/2 cup strawberry Nesquik
  • 1 tbsp milk
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  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Line 16 holes of 2 x 12-hole (1/3-cup-capacity) muffin pans with paper cases.
  • Step 2 Using an electric mixer, beat our, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, cocoa, oil, eggs and milk together on low speed for 1 minute or until just combined. Increase speed to high. Beat for 2 minutes or until well combined. Gradually beat in hot water.
  • Step 3 Divide mixture evenly among prepared holes. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cakes spring back when touched. Stand in pans for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Step 4 Make Vanilla malt cream: Using an electric mixer, beat cream, icing sugar and milk powder together until just-firm peaks. Cover. Refrigerate until required.
  • Step 5 Make Strawberry frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat butter for 5 minutes or until light and uffy. Gradually beat in icing sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until dissolved after each addition. Add Nesquik. Beat until well combined. Beat in milk.
  • Step 6 Cut a 1cm circle out of the centre of each cupcake and discard. Spoon cream mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain nozzle. Pipe into centre of cakes. Spoon frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm-fluted nozzle. Pipe onto the top of each cake. Top with wafers and sprinkles. Serve.

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