Iron Cupcake Earth: Challenge One: Chili

I finally got my act together and made my cupcakes for the first Iron Cupcake: Earth challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just to refresh your memory, Iron Cupcake: Earth is a cupcake challenge run by the Milwaukee Cupcake Queen at No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner and there are some wicked prizes including:

So, you know, when it’s time to vote, go vote for me as I would love to get my hands on this awesome set of prizes. ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, without further ado, I introduce to you……MY CUPCAKE!

Lime Cupcake with Chili, Lime and Tequila Cream Cheese Frosting

Lime Cupcake with Chili, Lime and Tequila Cream Cheese Frosting

As you can see by reading the caption, it’s a lime cupcake with chili, lime and cream cheese frosting and it is delicious.

Recipe:

Makes about 15 cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cake:

225g (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened

225g (8 oz) caster sugar

225g (8 oz) self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

4 eggs

3 tbsp of lime extract (alternatively you could use fresh lime juice but unfortunately there was no limes in the supermarket when I went shopping)

Freshly ground black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 180C and line a muffin pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar.
  • Sift together the self-raising flour and the baking powder, add to the butter sugar mixture, and mix together until smooth and pale. If you’re using an electric mixer it should only take a few minutes.
  • Add the lime extract and black pepper and mix.
  • Fill muffin pan and bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until golden in colour.
  • Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Frosting:

250g cream cheese, softened

5 cups icing sugar

5 tsp of lime extract

4 tsp of tequila (or more if you want)

4 tsp of dried chili flakes

  • Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.
  • Add the cream cheese and stir until smooth.
  • Add the lime extract, tequila and the chili flakes and mix until incorporated.
  • Decorate the cupcakes!

These are delicious. The chili is not strong enough to overpower the lime flavour but it adds a certain warmth to the overall cake.

Voting starts at NOON August 31st at No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner so make sure you go vote for me! Don’t worry, I’ll post a reminder closer to the time so you don’t forget. ๐Ÿ˜‰

August 16, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . Baking, Chilli, Cupcakes, Iron Cupcake: Earth. 1 comment.

Happy Birthday to Maziah’s Mum!

Well actually her birthday was a week or so ago but the weather was so bad that there was no way to get the cupcakes to Queenstown so unfortunately Maziah had to cancel the order. Anyway, this even I received a text from her asking if I could get them done for tonight as her mum was in town so I baked like crazy and got them done in time for her to pick them up. ๐Ÿ™‚

August 8, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Baking, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Orders. Leave a comment.

Simple White Bread

I was like a baking machine today. Originally I’d only planned to make a loaf of bread and some blondies but then Maziah texted me at 5 to see if I could make her the 25 cupcakes she wanted for tonight. And guess what? I could. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am trรจs awesome. But first off, time to tackle the loaf of bread I made.ย  I’ve made this a few times, in fact I used to make it all the time last year, and there’s nothing better than the smell of fresh baked bread – even the smell of fresh baked cakes can’t top it.

The recipe came from Delia Online (Delia Smith’s website) and it is a brilliant and easy recipe. For those of you who don’t want to click a link I’ll post it here too.

Ingredients:

1lb 8oz (700g) of strong white bread flour (I just used some regular plain/all purpose flour)

1 level tablespoon of salt , or less, according to taste

1 level teaspoon of dried yeast

1 level teaspoon of caster sugar

15 fl oz (425ml) hand hot water

What You Do:

  • Delia Smith says to begin by warming the flour in the oven for about ten minutes but I didn’t do that and it still worked out so really it’s up to you….although you should probably follow the advice of Delia because, well, because she’s Delia Smith.
  • Sift flour, salt, yeast and sugar into a bowl, make a well in the centre and add the water.
  • Mix the dough, starting off with a wooden spoon and using your hands at the end. Add more water if there’s any dry bits.
  • Wipe the bowl clean with the dough and transfer it to a flat work surface. Knead the dough for 3 minutes or until in develops a sheen and is springy and elastic.
  • Put the dough back in the mixing bowl or a clean bowl and leave it covered until it appears to have doubled in bulk ( this should take about 2 hours at room temperature).
  • After that, turn the dough out on to the work surface again and knead for 2 minutes.
  • Now you can either put the dough in a loaf pan or divide it in two to make two smaller loaves. Once you’ve made the life changing decision of how many loaves you want, leave the pan(s) for another hour until the dough rises above the top of the tins. (Delia says to put them inside an oiled polythene bag but that seemed like too much fuss so I just covered it with a clean teatowel and put it in the airing cupboard where it was warm. Delia has her way and I have mine.)
  • While your waiting, turn your oven on to 450F (230C).
  • Bake the bread on the centre shelf, two small loaves for about 30 – 40 minutes and one big loaf for about 35 – 45 minutes, until they sound hollow when the base is tapped.
  • Tip the loaf out of its tin and stick it back in the oven for about 5 minutes to crisp the base and sides.

Mmmm. Delicious.

August 8, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . Baking, Bread. Leave a comment.

Iron Cupcake: Earth

Yes I have joined a second baking group – this one being Iron Cupcake: Earth which is run by the Milwaukee Cupcake Queen (by the way, you should totally go check out her blog: No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner). To start with, what an awesome name for a challenge! I am so excited for this to begin. ๐Ÿ™‚ Each month an ingredient is announced and everyone who has signed up has a month to develop and bake their interpretation of the challenge ingredient. In cupcake form, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then, once all the posts and photos have been received, a post will go up on No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner and you can vote for your favourite there. And there are some awesome prizes from a different Etsy artist each month.

Iron Cupcake: Earth is getting bigger everyday and I strongly encourage you to join if cupcakes are your thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ To join, all you need to do is email The Milwaukee Cupcake Queen at ironcupcakeearth@wi.rr.com with the following information:

Name

City, State, Country

Blog Address

Flickr Name

Referral: The name of the blog which referred you ie. The Dunedin Domestic Goddess

Any questions you have can be answered by looking at the Iron Cupcake: Earth blog. So go sign up! It’s going to be heaps of fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰

August 1, 2008. Tags: , , , . Baking, Cupcakes. 2 comments.