Sunday, 4 March 2012

Chocolate Fruit and Nut Case Cupcakes



Are you a Fruit and Nut Case?

Apparently everyone is a Fruit and Nut case. At least according to that Cadbury's Fruit and Nut advert

I can't decide if my favourite bit is when the hunky, chunky almond get electrocuted bouncing off the stapler (hunky chunky maybe, but also bit of a muppet. Almonds and desk lamps do not mix, children). Or is my favourite bit the brilliantly dodgy dancing at the end from the office guy? It brings to mind an inebriated wedding guest forced to perform funky moves to the macarena.


And by the end of the advert you expect the startled guy and the seductive Fruit and Nut Bar to be strolling, hand in hand into the sunset, off to make baby fruit and nut chocolates.

If this song doesn't stick in your head and you find yourself humming it over and over for the next 48 hours straight please see me after class.


Chocolate Fruit and Nut Case Cupcakes
Makes approximately 6 cupcakes

35g raisins
55g dark chocolate, coarsely grated
55g butter, softened
80g caster sugar
2 large eggs
55g ground almonds
75ml milk
80g self raising flour, sifted

For the icing:

45g plain chocolate, melted
170g unsalted butter
150g icing sugar, sifted
1 tbsp cocoa powder
60ml double cream
1 bar of Cadbury's Fruit and Nut


1. To get your raisins plump and juicy, as the advert goes, place them in a small bowl and cover with just boiled water. Set aside
2. Cream the butter and sugar together for a few minutes until nice and fluffy. Gently beat the egg yolks together with a fork and add to the mixture, a spoonful at a time, beating well after each addition
3. Fold in the almonds, chocolate and milk. Drain the raisins and pat dry with a piece of kitchen roll, fold in to the rest of the mixture
4. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until they resemble nice soft peaks and then fold gently into the mixture
5. Fold in the flour. Divide the mixture between six cupcake cases and place in the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes or until the centres spring back when gently touched. Allow to cool
6. To make the chocolate icing:  beat the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder together until smoothly blended. Stir in the melted chocolate and mix in the cream. Beat the entire mixture for a further minute or two until the icing is smooth, glossy and creamy. Pipe or spoon on the top of each cupcake and decorate with a chunk of Fruit and Nut Chocolate


Baker's notes...

  • I bought a massive, size-of-my-head bar of Cadbury's Fruit and Nut to eat while making these cupcakes - it helped with the creative process of baking these
  • The cake recipe is based upon Delia's Chocolate and Almond cupcakes, which can be found right here. The recipe can be easily doubled.
  • The cupcakes can be frozen, uniced








16 comments:

  1. Clearly I am leaving under a rock these days as I have never seen almonds being electrocuted or any dodgy dancing (chocolate related!) from cadbury's. However, these little beauties have my mouth positively drooling right now. Must have some fruit and nut chocolate ....

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  2. Hee hee, glad the huge chocolate bar helped the creative process :-) Fruit and nut is not for me, but they look very tasty!

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  3. I am now humming that song...thanks for that! But these cupcakes look ace, so I'm glad I stopped by!

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  4. How did you guess that my have Cadbury;s chocolate bar is Fruit & Nut?? Naturally I will now be forced into making these just so I can buy a n enormous bar of it as you did! xx

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  5. Anybody will be NUTS if they choose not to eat these cupcakes. Cadbury fruit and nuts are always a delicious classic and it will be hard to reject eating these cupcakes.

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  6. I now have that ad doing loops in my head and blame you entirely. But I'll forgive you because you shared this lovely recipe :-)

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  7. I definitely can't resist these marvelous cupcakes full with heavenly chocolates! Gosh! These is soo tempting!!! :)

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  8. My number one fav is Cadbury's Fruit and Nut!!! these are precious!! not to mention they must be delicious!
    Mary x

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  9. totally, utterly bonkers... I think you need a lie-down... and post a box of these to me!! ha ha!

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  10. I'm liking all your chocolate bar related cupcakes...brings back good memories and you've got the best of both worlds...chocolate bar and cupcake! :-)

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  11. How come I've never seen this advert?! I heartily approve of the size-of-your-head chocolate bar to munch on. I'm sure it helps the cupcakes to rise...

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  12. Noooo, this is the original advert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8H4IC9ttIU

    I'm slightly too young to remember it being broadcast in 1976 but certainly this version of the tune is the one we all sang in the playground!!!

    The idea of fruit and nut cupcakes with a chunky of cadbury's on top is highly appealing!

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  13. Ha! Love the advert - they don't make them like these these days :D

    baby fruit and nut chocolates, mmmmmm...
    Love the cupcakes, and the swirly patten on them too. Sooo pretttyyy :)

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  14. haha well i'm not a fruit and nutcase! when I was young, I used to pick out all the fruits and nuts out of the cadbury chocolate bar, and i thought it despicable of the company to reduce the amount of chocolate by sneaking in fruits and nuts! haha! now that I'm older, I like fruits and nuts a lot (:

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  15. Mr CC and I visited Cadburyworld in Bournville earlier this week so all things Cadbury are very much in our minds at the moment. These cupcakes are great - fruit and nut will never disappoint!

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  16. I love this. Great cupcake to celebrate a lovely chocolate!

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