Chocolate Cupcakes with Halva Buttercream Frosting

When I received a few blocks of Mediterranean Delicacies Halva, I knew they would be perfect to make my son's favourite sweet treat even sweeter. Halva means "sweet" and trust me, it is very sweet and I can eat it only in very small quantities. Halva is enjoyed as a sweet confection in the Middle East and can be flour-based or nut based and in this case the halva is made with nuts (sesame), tahini, butter and sugar.

Ingredients:

Method: 

For cupcakes:

Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and beat for 10 minutes on high speed.

Spoon the batter into 12 cupcake wrappers and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Cool the cupcakes.

For the frosting:

Beat the butter until light and soft and then start to beat in the icing sugar, 1 spoon at a time.

Lastly add the cocoa and mix properly.

Spoon into a piping bag and pipe the icing onto the cupcakes.

Scatter some crumbed Halva on each cupcake.

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