Esther’s Birthday

It was Maziah’s friend’s birthday a few weeks ago and she asked me to make ten chocolate cupcakes for her with the message ‘Happy 19th Esther’ in the same colours as her first order. 🙂

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September 24, 2008. Tags: , , , . Baking, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Orders. Leave a comment.

ICE: Challenge One – VOTING OPEN!

Voting is now open for the first challenge of Iron Cupcake: Earth, so get on over to No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner and vote. Preferably for me. 😉

Voting is open until noon (Central) on Thursday September 4th.

September 1, 2008. Tags: , , . Baking, Cupcakes, Iron Cupcake: Earth. Leave a comment.

Iron Cupcake Earth: Challenge One: Chili

I finally got my act together and made my cupcakes for the first Iron Cupcake: Earth challenge. 🙂 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. 😀

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. 😉

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. 🙂

August 8, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Baking, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Orders. 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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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! 😉

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

Ten Little Chocolate Cakes

Maziah came back for another order (this time for ten -$15) and she’s after some more for a present for someone. Hooray! 🙂

Five of the chocolate cakes were decorated with Vanilla Buttercream and sprinkled with milk chocolate shavings and the other five were decorated with Chocolate Buttercream and sprinkled with shavings of white chocolate. All packed up in a box with silver tissue paper. 🙂

July 29, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . Baking, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Orders. Leave a comment.

My First Order ! :)

Yeah, that’s right. Someone ordered some cupcakes. 🙂 And that someone was the lovely Maziah. She ordered six and I charged her $10. I hope you enjoy them Maziah!

Yeah….I made a little box for them. 😉 They’re chocolate with Vanilla Buttercream.

July 21, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . Baking, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Orders. 3 comments.

Crunchie Cupcakes

Crunkie CupcakesToday I made Crunchie Cupcakes! They were super easy since it was just smashed up Crunchie bars added to a plain vanilla mixture. While I was making these I ate so many Crunchie pieces and I realised that it had been absolutely AGES since I had eaten one and I’d forgotten how much I liked them.

Anyway, the cupcakes themselves were a little disappointing because the honeycomb had completely melted into the cake when I was expecting there to be pieces, but apart from that they were alright.

Crunchie Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

225g of unsalted butter, softened

225g of caster sugar

225g of self-raising flour

1 tsp of baking powder

4 eggs

1 tsp of vanilla essence

2 King Sized Crunchie bars smashed into little pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 175C (350F) and line tins with baking cases.

2. Sift the flour and the baking powder together in a large bowl.

3. Add the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and beat until just combined.

4. Stir in Crunchie pieces.

5. Fill the cases about halfway and bake for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Makes 18

Chocolate Buttercream

Ingredients:

375g of icing sugar, sieved

225g unsalted butter, softened

100g Cocoa, sieved

Pinch of salt

1. Sieve together the icing sugar and cocoa in a bowl

2. Add the butter and beat together until smooth.

Pipe (or spread) onto cakes and top each one with a piece of Crunchie bar.

The Vanilla Cupcake recipe I used is from 500 Cupcakes by Fergal Connolly.

May 4, 2008. Tags: , , , . Baking, Chocolate, Crunchie, Cupcakes. 5 comments.

Chocolate Chilli Cupcakes

I apologise for the lack of cupcake pictures but my food photography skillsChilli Powder are pretty much non existent and every single picture I took of them was blurry and badly lit. So instead you get a picture of some chilli powder on a plate that I found in Google Image Search. Anyway, these cakes turned out pretty well considering I had to come up with a substitute for some of the ingredients. The chocolate cakes were moist with the chilli powder adding a weird sort of warmth to them. The chilli powder definitely added something to the cakes and it wasn’t overpowering, although my brother thought it was but he’s 12 and pretty useless when it comes to eating anything with any sort of spice in it. These really aren’t bad.

The original recipe came from here: Mayan Chocolate Cupcakes from Flickr user sugar-bliss gnome. But since I had to modify it slightly I’ll write it up here too with the changes made to it.

Chocolate Chilli Cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules

1/2 cup of hot water

100g Dark Chocolate (I used Cadbury Old Gold which is 70% Cocoa Solids)

100g Milk Chocolate

8 tablespoons of butter

2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder

3 teaspoons of chilli powder

3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

2 cups of plain flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2 cups of sugar

2 eggs

1/2 a cup of heavy cream (I discovered I had no cream so I used this as a substitute)

1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1/2 cup of canola or vegetable oil

1/2 cup of water

Method:

1. Brew the coffee granules in the hot water and leave to cool.

2. Melt the Dark and Milk Chocolate in a double boiler with the butter, one teaspoon of chilli powder and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder until just melted and combined.

3. Once melted add the cocoa powder and stir until smooth. Let cool.

4. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, the baking soda and the remaining chilli and cinnamon powder.

5. In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, cream, vinegar, vanilla, oil, and water.

6. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir in the chocolate mixture and the cooled coffee.

7. Fill the liners about 2/3 full and bake at 180C (350F) for about 20 minutes.

The batter does tend to stick to the paper liners like sugar-bliss gnome says but it’s not too bad. since I was out of cream I couldn’t do the whipped cream topping so I made a dark chocolate ganache and sprinkled dark and milk chocolate shavings on the top. This topping was alright but I think the cream would be better. I’ll definitely make sure I have cream on hand next time I make these. 🙂

April 30, 2008. Baking, Chilli, Chocolate, Cupcakes. 1 comment.