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.

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.

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.