Here's a few piccies (I apologise for my bad photography skills, I wish I could take better pictures!)
My piping skills need a little practice, but I'll be making these again on friday!
So for anyone who is interested, heres the (slightly quirky!) recipe for 20-30 cupcakes (depending on your tins!):
I apologise in advance, this is in cups, as its an american recipe, and I don't know the metric equivalents!
You just need to buy a set of cup measures, they're only a few pounds!
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Heat oven to 180 degrees (350 farenheit). Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat with electric whisk on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water. The batter will be thin, don’t worry about it. Pour into muffin tins, about 60% full. Bake at 180 degrees for about 22-25 minutes. Cool and then add your chosen icing. (Don't overfill the cases as they will rise, and just spill over!)
I decided to create my own buttercream icing, a bit of an experiment, but it tastes good! This is metric, as I made it up myself!
125g butter (room temp)
250g Chocolate spread (like nutella, but I just used Asda's)
175g icing sugar
First beat the butter and chocolate spread, then gradually add the icing sugar (too much too quick and you'll disappear in a white cloud!).Eh voila!
Here's the original post I found, with a much better picture.