Here's the recipe (especially for Ms. Crankypants)
1 cup soya milk
1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb
4/5 tsp or 20-25g low fat hot chocolate powder (I used Options)
Mix the hot chocolate powder with about 1/4 cup boiling water and mix well to make a paste. Allow to cool.
Meanwhile, put the soya milk in a bowl with the cider vinegar. Do not stir. The mixture will curdle slightly. [Alternatively, you could use skimmed milk instead of the soya/vinegar mixture]
Add the oil, almond and vanilla extract, chocolate mixture, and sugar, and whisk lightly until combined.
Sift in the flour, bicarb and baking powder and beat just until combined. Do no over mix because the chances are the cakes will go flat. The mixture will be fairly runny, but that's fine.
Bake in cupcake cases, in the middle of an oven set at 200 deg C or 180 deg C (fan oven) for about 20 mins.
For any Swankers out there, my recipe worked out at:
Oil: Roughly 13 tsp - so just over 1 tsp per cupcake.
Fat: Roughly 2 g with the hot chocolate and milk - so about 0.1g saturated fat per cupcake.....hardly worth counting! Woo hoo!
My official taste tester...