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. 🙂

September 24, 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 Chip Cookies – Only Half What I Expected

During the mid semester break (last week) I went back home to mummy and daddy’s to sponge off them for a bit and, while bored, I turned to baking to keep me entertained.

The first thing I made was a batch of White Chocolate Mudcake Cupcakes with White Chocolate Ganache and Milk Chocolate Curls for decoration but, although the mudcake was delicious and had the proper mudcake texture, they sank in the middle while they were baking. 😦 I think it’s because my brother opened the oven even after I told him not to.

Anyway, this post isn’t about the mudcake cupcakes that were full of fail, but more about the Chocolate Chip Cookies I tried next…..that were a partial failure. That’s right, a partial failure. Everyone seemed to enjoy them (everyone being my boyfriend or someone in my immediate family so they might be biased and/or lying) but I swear I did something wrong.

For starters the recipe said to ‘drop the dough onto a greased baking sheet’. Have you got that? Drop it. from a tablespoon. My dough was so crumbly that if I’d done that it would have just flown everywhere. And second, the recipe said it makes 32 but I only got about 12 before I gave up and ate the rest out of the bowl with a spoon. Mmm. Delicious. I did look at how much was left before I began my spoon assisted assault on it and I think I could have only got about 4 more out of it. Max. So what’s that? 16? That’s nowhere near 32! In fact, that’s half of 32. I must have stuffed up somewhere. Anyway, I got the recipe from here: Thin, Crisp, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies but for those of you who are too lazy to click on a link, I’ll write it up for you too. Aren’t I nice?

Thin, Crisp, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 cup of granulated sugar

3 tablespoons of water

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence ( If you really like vanilla, like me, just add more)

1 cup of all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of chocolate chips

1/2 cup of chopped pecans (optional) (I left these out)

Method:

1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well blended. Beat in the water and the vanilla until smooth.

2. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt.

3. Stir into butter mixture until well incorporated and add chocolate chips (and pecans). (I decided to make these quite late at night and we didn’t have any chocolate chips so I smashed a block of Cadbury Dairy Milk up with a rolling pin and used that instead. It was a good decision.)

4. Drop dough in one tablespoon portions, two inches apart onto greased baking sheets.

5. Bake in a 150C (300F) oven for about 14 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are browned but the centre is still pale.

6. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

All in all these cookies were rather good…even though the dough refused to give me all the cookies I deserved. The cookies were crispy around the edges but wonderfully and deliciously soft and chewy in the middle. I think I’ll be trying them again some day. Who knows, maybe I’ll get my 32 cookies next time?

April 29, 2008. Tags: , , , . Baking, Chocolate Chip, Cookies. 1 comment.