1CUPCAKES Preheat oven to 180 C (or 160 C fan). Line a 12-hole, 1/3-cup muffin pan with orange paper patty cases.
2Using an electric mixer, cream butter and gradually beat in sugar until pale and cream. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after eatch addition.
3Fold in sifted flour and cocoa alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
4BUTTER ICING Meanwhile, make butter icing. Using an electric mixer, cream butter until pale. Beat in half of sugar, milk, then remaining sugar. mix in colouring and spread over cupcakes. Decorate with half a chocolate, black gel and M&Ms. Serve.
Recipe & Photo: Andre Martin/BauerSyndication.com.au