Chocolate Cake recipe adapted from Ina Garten's Beatty's Chocolate Cake, Cheesecake frosting recipe adapted from Sprinkle Bakes, Chocolate Fudge Sauce adapted from Taste.com.au. Makes approximately 22 cupcakes
Keyword Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes, Cupcake recipe
Preheat the oven to 175 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) and line two 12 hole cupcake trays with paper liners.
Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In a large jug add the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Turn the mixer on to it's slowest speed and gradually add to the dry ingredients. Then add the hot water and mix until just to combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared liners and bake for 15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in the pans for 20 minutes, then place onto a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.
To make the cookies and cream cheesecake frosting add the chocolate biscuits to a food processor and process to create relatively fine crumbs. Keep in mind that the cheesecake mixture will be piped so make sure there are no large chunks, if so remove. Place the cream into a large bowl of an electric mixer and beat using a paddle attachment on high speed whilst gradually adding half the sugar. Beat until soft peaks form before switching the mixer off and adding the cream cheese. Beat again while gradually adding the rest of the sugar until stiff peaks form. Add the crushed biscuits and fold through. Place in the refrigerator while you make the chocolate fudge sauce.
To make the fudge sauce combine the cream, brown sugar, honey and butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
Fit a piping bag with a star shaped tip and fill with the cookies and cream cheesecake frosting. Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes before drizzling with the chocolate fudge sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve and refrigerate any remaining cupcakes in a sealed container for 3 days.