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Cadbury celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with cupcake recipe

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

Chocolate banana flower cupcakes

Chocolate banana flower cupcakes

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TO celebrate 10 years of Fairtrade Fortnight Cadbury Dairy Milk has teamed up with Great British Bake Off contestant and mum of two, Holly Bell, to create a delicious recipe.

Using Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons and Fairtrade bananas, these mouth-watering and simple creations are a great way to occupy your children throughout Fairtrade Fortnight.

Holly Bell said: “Spending time with my boys and baking are two of my favourite loves. It can be really tricky to occupy your kids when they’re home for a full week - I’ve got two of them and they really take up all your time. I try to involve them in my day to day activities making ordinary chores really fun. When I was creating these cupcakes I was able to teach my boys about the benefits of Fairtrade so this really fun day of baking was also very educational. The best part is you get to try the end result!”

Chris Marshall, brand manager for Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons said: “We’re really pleased to work with Holly to showcase our Fairtrade credentials, and with the theme of bananas this year were able to create an especially delicious recipe for families to enjoy.”

Some fun facts on Cadbury Dairy Milk and Fairtrade

Cadbury Dairy Milk has been Fairtrade since 2009 and was the first mainstream chocolate brand to become Fairtrade certified.

Cadbury Dairy Milk is the biggest purchaser of Fairtrade Cocoa, buying around 16,000 tonnes of Fairtrade certified cocoa a year from Ghana.

Cadbury Dairy Milk has brought in over £6 million in Fairtrade premiums for farmers.

Thanks to Cadbury Dairy Milk and Fairtrade, 21 schools, two healthcare clinics and 23,000 people in communities across Ghana now benefit from solar panels and lanterns.

Chocolate banana flower cupcakes

By Holly Bell

Makes 12

You will need:

For the cake:

100g butter, softened at room temperature

140g Fairtrade soft light brown sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten

30ml whole/semi skimmed milk

2 ripe Fairtrade bananas, well mashed

190g self-raising flour

25g Fairtrade cocoa

For the icing:

140g butter, softened at room temperature

280g Fairtrade icing sugar

1 tbsp Fairtrade vanilla extract

1 tbsp milk

To decorate:

12 banana chips

4 x 32g packs of Fairtrade chocolate buttons

Method:

1. Line a 12 hole cake tin with cupcake cases and preheat the oven to gas 4/180C/fan 160C.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon or with a mixer for about 4–6 minutes until really light and creamy looking.

3. Add the eggs to the creamed mixture a dribble at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the milk, beat again.

4. Fold the mashed bananas into the mixture using a large metal spoon. Then sieve the flour and cocoa over the top and fold in again with a metal spoon.

5. When no traces of the flour or cocoa are visible, spoon into the cases equally and bake for 20 – 25 minutes in the centre of the oven until they’re well risen, a little cracked at the surface and a toothpick comes out of the centre of each cupcake clean. Cool on a wire rack, removed from the tin.

6. To make the icing beat the butter with a wooden spoon or electric mixer for about 5 minutes until light and creamy, then add the icing sugar 1 tbsp at a time, beating well after each addition.

7. Add the vanilla extract and milk, beat well for another 5 minutes to ensure the icing is really fluffy, then spoon onto the cupcakes once cooled.

8. Use a knife to spread an even layer over the top of each cake.

9. Press a banana chip into the centre of each cupcake then push 12 chocolate buttons into the buttercream in a circle pattern, to look like petals.

These cupcakes keep in an airtight tin, at room temperature for 4 days.

For more information on Cadbury Dairy Milk Fairtrade Fortnight recipe creations visit www.facebook.com/cadburydairymilkuk

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