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Honey Chocolate Cupcakes Suitable for Vegetarians

Makes 12 cupcakes
You will need:

50g (2oz) butter or margarine

180ml (6 fluid oz) honey

1 egg

80ml (3 fluid oz) skimmed milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

225g (8oz) plain flour

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and gradually add the honey, beating until light and creamy.
2. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk.
3. In a seperate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, and gradually add to the butter mixture, mixing until well blended.
4. Spoon the batter into 12 paper-lined or greased muffin cups, filling each three-quarters full.
5. Bake at 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4) for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the cakes from the oven to a wire rack and cool. Spread the top of each cupcake with chocolate icing or melted chocolate, if desired.

This recipe is an extract from the book 'Honey and its many health benefits' by Margaret Briggs. And is available for purchase from Bookmart Ltd, Blaby Road, Wigston, Leicester, LE18 1SE.

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