Hello valued followers and welcome intrepid newbies! In this post we bring you the final addition to the starter families; Squirtle, Wartortle & Blastoise. It will be our last cupcake recipe for a while as we intend to branch out into bolder, exciting & new Bakémon territory- but never fear these cupcakes are totally delicious and totally fun! It’s also our first recipe involving chocolate, so it’s basically guaranteed to be awesome 😉 So what are we making? We felt blue turtles were best captured as blueberry & chocolate chip cupcakes with different chocolate shells on top. Squirtle begins as blueberry & white chocolate chips with a white chocolate shell, becoming Wartortle with the addition of milk chocolate chips & a milk chocolate shell, finally evolving to Blastoise by adding dark chocolate chips & a dark chocolate shell (& sweetie cannons!). There’s nearly a kilo of chocolate in this recipe it’s that chocolicious, and if you follow our instructions you’ll end up with some pretty amazing looking turtles! So what are you waiting for, let’s begin!
For the cakes:
- 12 oz (350 g) caster sugar
- 12 oz (350 g) butter
- 6 eggs – lightly beaten
- 12 oz (350 g) self-raising flour
- 300 g blueberries (about 3 punnets)
- 150 g white chocolate chips*
- 100 g milk chocolate chips*
- 100 g dark chocolate chips*
- blue food colouring
* You don’t have to specifically buy chocolate chips, you can just buy bars of chocolate and chop them up (that’s what we did!)
For the chocolate shells:
- 200 g white chocolate
- 200 g milk chocolate
- 200 g dark chocolate
- 24 sweets of your choice (rolos, m&ms, smarties, buttons; these are all good choices)
- bowls, spoons, spatulas, whisk, pokéballs, etc. (the usual baking equipment)
- 1 mini cupcake tray
- 1 fairy cake tray
- 1 cupcake tray
- 12 mini cupcake cases*
- 12 fairy cake cases*
- 12 cupcake cases*
- a small saucepan
- 1-3 pudding-sized bowls to melt chocolate in (see this link for advice)
- sandwich bags (with the corner cut off- see instructions below)
*In shades of blue preferably, but purple or brown could also work.
- 12 mini cupcakes
- 12 fairy cakes
- 12 cupcakes
- look- all the Squirtles have managed to evolve to Blastoises this time!
- we finally got the proportions right so that there is enough delicious cake to go round
- well, sort of, they were all gone in about a day…
For the cakes:
- Recall any fire/rock/ground type Pokémon you have out because it’s Squirtle time!
- Preheat your oven to 180°C, and line the tins with their respective cases.
- If you bought bars of chocolate for your chocolate chips, chop them up into small chunks and put them aside in separate bowls.
- Beat together the butter and caster sugar until they’re light and fluffy.
- Gradually add in the eggs as you whisk the batter.
- Sieve your flour into the mix, and fold it in gently.
- Throw in all the blueberries and white chocolate chips. Also add in a reasonable amount of blue food colouring until your mix looks unnaturally blue coloured. Mix until the blueberries & chocolate are evenly distributed through the batter, but don’t over mix it either.
- Fill your mini cupcake cases with the batter. Don’t worry if they look very blueberry/chocolate heavy, they will turn into cakes, we promise!
- Bake the mini cupcakes for 7-10 minutes. Avoid opening the oven door before the 7 minute mark.
- Add the milk chocolate chips into the remaining batter and mix in.
- If you do not have multiple ovens to work with, keep the batter in the fridge until the first batch is out.
- Fill the fairy cake cases. Bake them for 10-12 minutes. Keep the oven door shut until the 9 minute mark at least (we’ll explain why this is important in a Trainer Tips post sometime, but just trust us for now).
- Finally, add in the dark chocolate chips to the rest of the batter. It should now be Super Chocolatey. This is good.
- Again, if you’re waiting for the mini or fairy cakes to finish up, keep the batter in the fridge (it helps keep the air in!)
- Fill your cupcake cases with the rest of the batter. Bake the cupcakes for 12-15 minutes. Don’t open the door before 10 minutes have passed. We warned you.
- Leave all cakes to cool on a wire rack once they’ve finished baking. Now it’s time to melt some chocolate.
For the chocolate shells:
- If you haven’t already read our Trainer Tips guide on how to melt chocolate, do it now. Unless you already know how to melt chocolate the correct way, then you can carry on. If you think you can melt chocolate directly in a saucepan, or in the microwave, you are wrong. Read our guide. We will wait for you.
- No really, you have to melt it the right way.
- Yes, it does make a difference.
- Ok, thanks. Now we can start.
- You’re going to have to melt the white, milk and dark chocolate separately. We found it easiest to do this using 3 separate bowls. If you don’t have 3 bowls of a suitable size to sit in your saucepan you may have to use one bowl to melt each in, cleaning it between each use, and transferring leftover chocolate into any other sized bowls you have around until it’s needed again.
- Oh, by the way, we should warn you that this whole process is very messy. You should put down newspaper/junk mail/old school notes down on your work area to save yourself time cleaning up later.
- Melt the white chocolate in the bowl like we told you to.
- When it’s fully melted, spread it on the mini cupcakes using a spoon so the tops are completely covered. White chocolate is a bit of a pain to work with when melted and tends to solidify quickly, so try to work fast.
- Melt the milk chocolate. You should be getting good at this now.
- Spread the melted milk chocolate on top of the fairy cakes the same as you did for the mini cupcakes.
- You guessed it, time to melt the dark chocolate.
- Spread the melted dark chocolate on the cupcakes. You now have lots of chocolate covered cakes (and probably a lot of mess). Now it’s time for the tricky part.
- Take a plastic sandwich bag and fill it with the remainder of the melted milk chocolate. Smoosh it all into one corner of the bag.
- Using a scissors, cut the tiniest piece off the corner off the sandwich bag. You should barely be able to see it, it should be that tiny.
- Try squeezing a bit of chocolate out of the bag in a line until you feel you have control of it.
- Draw a shell pattern using the milk chocolate on top of the white chocolate-covered mini cupcakes. We found the easiest way to do this was to draw a hexagon in the middle and lines coming out of each point of the hexagon, finishing with a circle around it. It can be tricky to get the hang of it so don’t worry if a few of your cakes look a bit wonky. Squirtle won’t judge you.
- If you have any leftover milk chocolate, you have permission to squeeze it into your mouth. We won’t tell anyone.
- Repeat steps 13-17 using melted dark chocolate for the pattern on the milk chocolate-covered fairy cakes, and melted white chocolate for the pattern on the dark chocolate-covered cupcakes (you may need to re-melt the white chocolate if it has gone solid on you at this stage).
- Stick 2 sweets of your choice into the melted chocolate of Blastoise cupcakes (one on each side; see the photos). This represents his epic cannons.
- Leave all your decorated cakes to set for a few hours until the chocolate has solidified into nice tough shells suitable for the protection of a Squirtle/Wartortle/Blastoise. (Ok, you can eat them while the chocolate is still melted if you want, but it’ll be messy and they won’t really be shells yet will they?)
- Eat them.
- While eating them, notice how crazy blue they are inside. Isn’t it mad looking?
- Continue to eat them.
- Weep when they are gone.
Hopefully you were able to follow these instructions and successfully made your very own turtle-y treats! We’re sorry we don’t have any photos of our decorating the shells; at this stage we were covered in chocolate so using a camera wasn’t really advisable. We’d love to hear how you got on and which of our starter recipes was your favourite! We’ll be bringing you a spooky Halloween themed recipe next week (bet you can’t guess which Pokémon it is…) so make sure to check in again for that, we promise it won’t be cupcakes! Also, if you haven’t already liked us on Facebook make sure to do so to keep track of all our baking experiments, click here for the link!
As always, happy baking!