Hotel Chocolat Giveaway and Recipe – Gluten Free Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes! Giveaway now closed.


A couple of months ago, I was asked if I wanted to do a review of some of the new Christmas goodies from the lovely people over at Hotel Chocolat.  I thought about it a bit, and asked if I could do more than just a standard product review, as SarahBakes is primarily a baking blog!  Fortunately for me, the answer was yes – I gave them some suggestions as to what they could send me, and awaited my parcel and its mystery contents before deciding on what to bake!  I did however know that whatever I was going to bake, it was going to be Gluten Free, as nearly 200 products from Hotel Chocolat are listed as Gluten Free (they cannot guarantee that they are free from traces of gluten as they are made in an environment where wheat is present).

In the parcel was a pack of White Chocolate Tiddly Santas and a pack of Dark ChocolateTiddly Reindeer, both of which retail for £5.50 for a pack of 8.  The Reindeer have a nice snap to them, aren’t bitter tasting like some dark chocolate, and Santas proved to be a huge hit with both of the small boys that tried them!

I supplemented my mystery parcel, by purchasing some 40% Milk Chocolate Drops, White Chocolate Drops, and Organic Cocoa Powder and given the youthful nature of my mystery parcel, came up with this recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes, suitable for both younger and older people alike!  If you hadn’t been told that these cakes were baked gluten free, you wouldn’t know it, as they do not have the dry, grainy texture that some gluten free bakes can have sometimes.

I have to say that the cocoa powder has a wonderfully intense flavour, much more so than the usual cocoa powders that are on offer in the supermarkets, so you don’t need to use as much in your recipes.  The chocolate drops are very moreish – I had to stop my son from dipping his hand into the packets, they are so tasty!

  • 150g Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 150g Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
  • 3 tbsp Hotel Chocolat Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 8 tbsp Milk
If you want to use regular Self Raising Flour instead, only add 5tbsp of Milk!

For the buttercream icing

  • 200g Softened Butter
  • 450g Icing Sugar
  • 4tbsp Milk
  • 100g melted and cooled White Chocolate Drops
  • 100g melted and cooled Milk Chocolate Drops

To decorate

  • 6 Tiddly Santas
  • 6 Tiddly Reindeer

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until combined.  It is supposed to look a bit like it has curdled, but don’t worry!

Add in the flour, Cocoa Powder and Milk, and mix until you get a soft, dropping consistency.

Scoop into 12 muffin cases (I used tulip style cases here), and bake in a 180degree oven for approximately 15-20 minutes until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Allow them to cool completely before making the buttercream to go on top!

Cream together the softened butter, icing sugar and milk until light and fluffy.

Split the buttercream between each of the bowls containing the melted chocolate, and mix to combine thoroughtly.

Spread the buttercream icings on top of your cupcakes, and place either a Santa or Reindeer on top to finish!

Giveaway! – This giveaway has now closed. Winner to be announced shortly!

The winner is Sarah Morris – chosen using names on folded paper, mixed up in a hat, by my 3yr old!

Now for the part everyone is waiting for: Hotel Chocolat are offering a pack of 8 Tiddly Santa or 8 Tiddly Reindeer Chocolates to one lucky follower of my blog.

Here’s how you can enter:

  1. Visit the Hotel Chocolat Stocking Filler page and leave a comment below telling me which product you would like to find in your stocking on Christmas Day.
  2. For an extra entry follow Hotel Chocolat on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know. (if you already follow them then leave a comment telling me)
  3. For an extra entry follow Hotel Chocolat on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know. (include your twitter name – if you already follow them then leave a comment telling me)
  4. For an extra entry follow @sarahbakes_uk on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know (include your twitter name – if you already follow me then leave a comment telling me).
  5. Finally…Tweet the following “I have entered @sarahbakes_uk ’s giveaway to win some Tiddly Chocolates from @HotelChocolat  ” and once again, comment here that you have (including your twitter name)
The very best of luck! The winner will be drawn randomly on Saturday 3rd December 2001.

Please note that if this is the first time you have commented, it may take a while for your comments to appear!

This competition is only open to UK residents.


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29 Responses to Hotel Chocolat Giveaway and Recipe – Gluten Free Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes! Giveaway now closed.

  1. Sarah Morris says:

    Looks AMAZING! I love these they look great and I bet they taste great too!

  2. Sarah Morris says:

    I’m already following Hotel Chocolat on facebook as Sarah Morris :)

  3. Sarah Morris says:

    and on twitter @sarah34090

  4. Sarah Morris says:

    I am now following you on twitter

  5. Sarah Morris says:

    and I have just tweeted about the giveaway!/sarah34090/status/140895947365421056

    thanks so much, I’m loving your blog!! xxx

  6. bakingaddict says:

    Great gluten free cakes! Wish I could try one :) I love how you incorporated the goodies into a bake. I would like a serious dark fix choc 8 as dark choc is my fav.

  7. bakingaddict says:

    Already follow hotel chocolat on facebook

  8. bakingaddict says:

    Already following hotel chocolat on twitter from @bakingaddict

  9. bakingaddict says:

    already following you on twitter from @bakingaddict

  10. bakingaddict says:

    just tweeted from @bakingaddict

  11. Choclette says:

    Mango strips would be wonderful – love mango, love chocolate, what could be better :)

  12. Choclette says:

    Already following HC on facebook.

  13. Choclette says:

    I follow HC on Twitter

  14. Choclette says:

    I’m now following you on Twitter

  15. Becky says:

    I can’t decide between the chilli penguins or the caramel penguins, they need to make a multi bag! I might have to treat my little ballerina to one of theirs though. All looks lush! xx

  16. Becky says:

    I am HCs newest liker on facebook :o )

  17. Becky says:

    I am now a follower of HC on twitter. I’m Jaybex_MK. X.

  18. Becky says:

    I already follow you on twitter. Im still Jaybex_MK

  19. Becky says:

    Lol, sorry, just being cheeky!

    I have tweeted your tweet and I’m now off to see if I can link your blog onto my fb page. xx

  20. Caroline says:

    Dasher The Reindeer

  21. Will says:

    Kirsch Cherries – They would make the most Christmas chocolate treat I could think of.
    Finding them in my GF stockings would light up her face :) and mine!

  22. Janice Atkinson says:

    I am following HotelChocolat on facebook as Jan Atkinson

    Thank you for the giveaway, fingers crossed! :)

  23. Lyn Brennan says:

    Ohh how lovely, thank you for the recipe! From the Hotel Chocolat website, there’s so much to choose from but I’ve gone for these They look fab! :)

  24. Lyn Brennan says:

    I like Hotel Chocolat on facebook as Lyn Brennan

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