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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

S'mores Cupcakes

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  I received another tasty Degustabox at the end of October and have been enjoying it's contents in the ensuing weeks.  You can see evidence of that with these gorgeous S'mores Cupcakes that I made using the Dr Oetker chocolate products which I received in the box, but more about that later, right now  I want to tell you all about what else I got in the October  box . . .

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I do enjoy these boxes when they arrive each month.   It's a little bit like getting a Christmas package because you never know what is going to be in it until it arrives.  I love delicious surprises!! Once a month, each month Degustabox will deliver to your home 10 to 15 new, special or innovative food products for you to try in the comfort of your own home via a subscription service.  A monthly subscription costs £9.99 and there is a delivery fee of £3, for a total of £12.99, and what you receive can be tailored to the types of things that you like and would use.     Here is what was in the 
October box .  

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Special K Cracker Crisps, the deliciously moreish savoury smack that you can feel good about.  Delightfully thin crisps with a distinctive, satisfying crunch, at 60% less fat than the average fat content of most other crisps on sale in the UK & ROI.  Available in a tempting range of tantalizing flavours, Sour Cream and Onion, Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar, Sweet Chili and Barbeque.  FInd them in most stores in 23g individual packs, 80g sharing packs or 4 X 21g multi packs.   The larger pack costs £1.89.  I was sent the Barbecue flavour and I quite enjoyed them.  I liked the fact that I could snack on something without it being loaded with fat and calories.  

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Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Sauce, Britain's best tasting sweet chilli sauce!  It's a quick and easy way to make your everyday food taste great.  Available at Sainsbury's, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons & Waitrose.   RRP     £1.39   

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Getbussing offer a range of 100% natural healthy eating flapjacks that complement a well balanced diet by providing fast and slow releasing energy that will keep you going for longer.  A perfect on the go snack that also taste great.  Visit to see and purchase their new range, and enjoy 10% of your order with discount code  'newbuzz10'
RRP £1.30 

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Enhance Drinks.  Small, fabulous and packed with natural flavour, ehnance is designed especially for an adult palate.  Onquick squeeze transforms yoru water into a delicious, light fruity drink, helping you stay hydrated anywhere, anytime.  Made with real fruit juice and with no added sugar, enhance is only 1 calorie a drink.  Available from Asda and Ocado.  £2.49  

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Kents Kitchen  The meal kits are a one, two, three step to an authentic, delicious meal in just 20 minutes.  Use the three clever pots and add a few fresh ingredients to create a restaurant quality meal.  All natural ingredients and perfect to keep in the store upcoard for when you need meal inspiration.  RRP £2.50   

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Solo Marshmallow Creme  is a delicious spreadable sweet marshmallow treat that offers amazing versatility as a baking ingredient and tastes just as good straight from the tub.  Available at and selected other outlets.  Solo Marshmallow Creme comes in original and toasted flavours, perfect for all kinds of uses.   RRP £1.99

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Bear Paws are a delicious pure fruit snack with no added sugar, concentrates or any other nonsense.  Gently baked into playful paw prints, they whisk kids off for a walk on the wild side with 5 paw prints to find in each bag.  Find them in all the supermarkets in the baby and toddler aisles.   RRP £0.55     

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Brioche Pasquier Sliced Brioche Loaf  This briche loaf is made using the same traditional methods as their rolls.  Delightful at any time of day and versatile as a snack, meal or ingredient, this loaf is sliced for your convenience and ready to go.  RRP £1.69

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Brioche Pasquier Pain Au Lait with Choc Chips  They have used the same traditional recipe and baking expertise as the Pain au Lait and added some delicious dark chocolate chips.  These rolls are soft and tasty, and ideal for a sweet snack or for breakfast.  RRP £1.60

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Jelly Belly  There are over 100 true to life Jelly Belly Jelly bean flavours.  With their intensely juicy taste, made from the finest ingreditnes available, every single bean can take up to 21 days to create.   It's true!  Jelly Belly is the untilate flavour adveture and every foodie's worst kept secret. RRP £2.50 

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Degustabo Fridge this month was Benecol Greek Style:  New Benecol Greek Style Yoghurt's contain plant stanols, aunique cholesterol lowering ingredient which is a proven to significantly lower cholesterol in just 3 weeks.  The yogurts come in a 4 pack with 2 X strawberry and 2 X vanilla yogurts, all yogurts are thick and creamy, low in fat and cholesterol-lowering. 

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Dr Oetker Premium 90% Extra Dark Chocolate.  New!  This new Dr Oetker product contains 90% cocoa solids and is made from single origin Ghanian cocoa beans which delivers an intensely indulgent chocolate taste to all your baking.  This is idea for melting and using in your favourite chocolate recipes.  RRP £2.49

Dr Oeter FIne Dark Cocoa Powder  is made from the finest quality cocoa beans and is specifically created for home baking to give a rich dark chocolate colour and flavour. Perfect for conevenience and freshness, each multipack contains three premeasured 25g sachets and comes with a free recipe card.  RRP £1.60

For more chocoalte indulgence visit  

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I chose to feature the Dr Oetker chocolate product this month in a tasty cupcake recipe which resembles everyone's favourite campfire treat (and in honor of bonfire night)  S'mores Cupcakes!

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Moist and fudgy these delightful cupcakes sport a fabulous sour cream chocolate frosting, biscuit crumbs dusted over top and a garnish of a toasted marshmallow half and bite of milk chocolate!

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These cupcakes are absolutely fabulous.   Delicious and moist and quite moreish indeed!  Garnishes aside, if you are looking for a lovely chocolate cupcake with a nice frosting, this one fits the bill perfectly!

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*S'more Cupcakes*
Makes 12

A moist chocolate cupcake topped with a sour cream chocolate frosting, a toasted marshmallow, some digestive or graham cracker crumbs and a square of chocolate on top.  

For the cupcakes:
4 TBS unsalted butter, softened
150g of soft light brown sugar (3/4 cup packed)
1/4 tsp salt
1 large free range egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
80ml sour cream (1/3 cup)
105g of plain flour (3/4 cup)
21g of sifted cocoa powder (1/4 cup)
3/4 tsp baking soda
80ml hot water (1/3 cup)  

For the frosting:
28g of unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped (1 ounce)
4 TBS unsalted butter, softened
115g of icing sugar, sifted (1 cup confectioners sugar)
3 TBS cocoa powder
80ml sour cream (1/3 cup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt  

You will also need:
12 large marshmallows, cut in half through the middle and toasted until golden brown under a grill
4 TBS digestive biscuit crumbs (graham cracker crumbs)
12 squares milk chocolate   

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Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.   Set aside.  

Stir the butter, sugar and salt together in a large bowl until combined.  Whisk in the egg and then the vanilla and sour cream.   Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda.  Whisk gently until lmost combined.   Whisk in the hot water.  Divide between the prepared muffin cups.  Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, just until firm.   Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. 

For the frosting, place the chocolate in a bowl and set over simmering water.  Allow to melt.  Whisk in the butter, sugar, ocoa, sour cream, vanilla and salt until smooth and creamy.  Spoon about 2 TBS of the frosting on top of each cooled cupcake.   Spread out a bit.  Sprinkle each with some biscuit crumbs and top with a toasted marshmallow half and square of chocolate.

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Many thanks to Degustabox for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month.   There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out.  I highly recommend.

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  1. These look delicious Marie!

    Mine was lost in the post, so was the replacement box they sent! Still arguing with the courier to get my degustabox!! It looks so delicious!

  2. I love smores Marie!
    These cupcakes look delicious!

  3. Oh dear Shen! That doesn't sound good! What a bummer!

    Thanks Gloria! xxoo


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