Using the Chocolate Mud Cake recipe in a half batch I made these cupcakes as a experiment to see if the mixture would work as a cupcake.
325 g unsalted butter
325g 70% cocoa chocolate
50ml espresso coffee
1.5 tsp vanilla essence
325 g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
475g brown sugar
284ml sour cream
Heat oven to 160C
Melt butter & chocolate in a medium saucepan until melted add coffee and vanilla
Sift flour and baking powder and bicarb in a bowl add the brown sugar and breakdown any lumps.
Beat the eggs and sour cream in a jug add to the flour mix and then pour in chocolate mixture.
Mix until all combined, check the bottom of the bowl.
Pour 1/3 of cup of mixture into cupcake patties in a muffin pan.
Bake for 30 mins until the middle is cooked.
Cool on a rack until completely cold.
Cover with butter cream icing in a thin later.
To make the animal prints colour fondant icing with Yellow for the Giraffe or leave white for the Zebra.
For the Cheetah or leopard print mix yellow and white for a soft ivory base.
Roll fondant to about 2mm thick and cut 7.5 cm round disks with a cutter in the right size. These need to be a neat cut.
Cover the top of the Butter cream iced cupcake with the round disk and carefully press around the edges to create a curved edge.
Leave to dry for at least a hour.
Painting the colours:
To Make the Giraffe print mix Yellow food dye in a small glass with a few drops of red and one drop of blue to create a soft brown.
Mark the print with a toothpick and paint in the pattern.
For the Zebra mix all food dye colours to create a black brown brush lines to create the print.
For the cheetah lightly brush the whole top with a soft orange with a large brush dot in brown spots and fill around the spots with black.
For the Tiger lightly brush with orange and brown and with a fine brush paint on black lines in print.