Window box choc chip cakes (recipe)

Window box cupcakes

But they’re not grass flavoured…are they? – JD, 5

We had some chocolate chip loaves sitting looking lonely on the counter top this morning –¬†undecorated left overs from a baking experiment – so we made up some piping and used up the some of the cake decorations we seem to accumulate due to my inability to resist a bargain bin.

The result are this little window box cakes, which are a little rough around the edges, but have a certain cute charm, I think.

Here’s what to do to make 10…


For the sponges:

  • 200g slightly salted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 medium free range eggs
  • 180g self raising flour
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp whole milk
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • 10 mini loaf cases
  • Cake release spray / butter for greasing

For the frosting:

  • 200g slightly salted butter
  • 625g icing sugar
  • 55ml whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Few drops of green food colouring gel
  • Piping bag and nozzle
  • Any flower decorations you like


Make the loaves:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C fan assisted
  2. Line up 10 mini loaf cases on a baking sheet and spray inside each one sparingly with cake release, or grease very lightly with a little butter
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy and fully combined
  4. Beat in the eggs and milk until fully combined
  5. Sift in the flour, baking powder and cocoa and fold through, then fold in the chocolate chips
  6. Divide the mixture between the 10 loaf cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes until nicely risen and springy
  7. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack, then unwrap from their cases (or leave in if preferred)

Make the toppings:

  1. Beat the butter until fluffy and smooth, then add the food colouring, vanilla, milk and a couple of tbsp of the icing sugar and beat again
  2. Beat in the remaining sugar until the frosting becomes light and fluffy
  3. Transfer to a piping back and pipe in lines along the length of the cakes
  4. Top with your flowers and serve!

I think they would work well with some grass-like piping too, but that’s beyond my skill set! What do you think?

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