I can assure you that absolutely in the kitchen in incredibly sticky - including my face and people who happened to walk in during the cake making process.
I had a request earlier to post the recipe for my cupcakes in my blog, so I thought I would... here goes...
100g Plain Flour
2.5 tbsps of Cocoa Powder (I spilled a bit extra in and it doesn't seem to have mattered)
140g Caster Sugar
DVD box set of Blue Planet to watch while eating
1.5 tsps Baking Powder (I'm not sure why we can't just use SR Flour but hey ho)
A pinch of salt (It is not a necessary requirement to pinch the salt out of the tub so don't freak out if you have a pouring vessel.)
40g Butter (If you keep it in the cupboard rather than the fridge it works better.)
120 ml Milk
1 egg (not the shell)
1/4 tsp Vanilla Essence (Personally I find the idea of trying to measure 1/4 tsp of vanilla utterly ridiculous so just a splash is fine in my recipe.)
Tim Minchin's music for the background.
Somewhere between 30mins and 2 hours preparation depending on attention span and whether you need to go to Tesco mid baking because you don't actually have all the ingredients.
Baking: Supposedly 25-30 mins but that entirely depends on setting the oven properly. Who knew.
1. Find the oven instructions or ask the most useful person in the house how to set the oven to 170*C (there is no degree button on my computer - Bug Juice will have to go if I get a book deal for my recipes). Set the oven to 170*C.
2. Find a bowl with high enough sides that you won't spray mixture everywhere when you put the electric mixer in it.
3. Put the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter into the high sided bowl.
4. Try not to let the butter see the recipe or it might get a little nervous about what's in store: http://www.youtube.com/lauralexxcomedy#p/u/6/SAmbBOHgbDM
5. Mix all that stuff together until it doesn't seem like it's going to mix much better. It's meant to look like sand so try for that and if it doesn't seem to be happening after 10 minutes then just move on and hope it sorts itself out at a later stage.
6. Remove the nearby tea towel from the electric mixer: