You might remember my original chocolate hazelnut cupcakes; they were rich, chocolatey and decadent in taste… but not quite as impressive in visual terms. So, today I decided I would bake them again but improve their aesthetic. The toppers pictured here add a certain extravagance to the frosting-piped sponges. They were created by melting sugar down to a caramel (an art I have at last perfected after many failed attempts) and dipping hazelnuts in it, leaving the sugar strands to set in haphazard shapes. I like them, what do you think?