Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cakes and Bowls

Recipe: Frosted Cupcakes

It's cake-time again :). I just love making cakes. And do you know what is the best part about making cakes? After setting the cake to bake (Disclaimer: The next part of the sentence is not for the faint-hearted), licking the mixing bowls for any and every trace of the cake batter. Sounds gross? My family thinks so too. So I have the mixing bowls all to myself and I purposely leave behind generous amounts of cake batter in the bowl :).

This time, I again baked cupcakes simply because it takes lesser baking time. And also, I wanted to experiment on different topping options. So I decided on a plain vanilla cupcake. And for the frosting, after much searching for recipes and ingredients, I finally settled for the frosting recipe suggested by my brother. It is posted at the Tasty Kitchen here. I reduced the amount of sugar though.

I dipped a couple of the frosted cupcakes in chocolate shavings. Actually, I found it very difficult to scrape out the chocolate shavings from a bar of cooking chocolate. Even after 15 min of hard work, I could just get enough for 2 cupcakes! So I didn't bother wasting anymore of my precious time scraping a chocolate bar. Next I got some peanut candy and crushed it coarsely with my trusty pestle and dipped some of the cupcakes in crushed peanut candy. I also left a couple of cupcakes plain as there are a few plain cake lovers in my house.

The two cupcakes with chocolate shavings sprinkled got over before I could look for my camera so I don't have pictures them. All in all, the cupcakes were wonderfully soft and moist. The frosting was indeed brilliant. And the chocolate shavings and crushed peanut candy added an interesting bite to it.




FROSTED CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS:
makes 12 regular cupcakes


All purpose flour - 1 and 1/2 cups
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Eggs - 3
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Vanilla Essence - 2 tsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Vegetable Oil - 1/2 cup
Curd/Yoghurt - 1/2 cup

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.

Separate the eggs.

Powder the sugar.

Sift together flour and baking powder.

Add the baking soda to the curd and let it bubble.

Mix the oil, salt and the powdered sugar till well combined. Add the egg yolks and vanilla essence and beat well. Add the a tbsp of flour to this mixture and beat well. Then add a tbsp of the curd and baking soda and mix well. Keep alternately adding the flour and curd mixture until the cake batter is well combined.

Whip the egg whites till stiff and gently fold in the egg whites to the cake batter.

Place the cupcake liners in the baking tray and fill them 3/4 full with cake batter. Bake for 20 min or till a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.

FROSTING:
Source: Tasty Kitchen

Flour - 5 Tbsp
Milk - 1 cup
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Butter - 1 cup (I used salted butter)

I followed the recipe exactly.

Mix together milk and flour well in a saucepan and place over medium heat stirring continuously till it thickens. Add the vanilla essence and cool the mixture completely.

In the meantime, beat butter and sugar till well combined and fluffy. Add the cooled milk and flour mixture and whip well for about 45 seconds.

Spread the frosting over the cupcakes. Enjoy the cupcakes with just the frosting or else, dip the frosted cupcakes into any interesting topping such as colourful sprinkles, crushed peanut candy, chocolate shavings, Cadbury gems (why not?), etc.



Hope you enjoy making your cupcake as much as I do!!!

11 comments:

  1. Looks yumm Ammu and am sure it was yumm!!! I didnt know you were into Food Blogging. Gonna be a regular blogger and will try out a few recipes. I started one n didnt keep up with it :(

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  2. And yes I should also add that I also love licking the leftover cake batter after the main batter goes into the oven!! Love for bread n batter licking similarities prove that the same blood runs in us ;)

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  3. @Liz: lol.. how true... I never realized these habits of mine can be traced down to genetics :) And yeah, I can definitely take some cake decorating tips from you. So do pass on the url of your blog.

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  4. Is there a substitute for egg ?

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  5. @Vidya: There should be and it will definitely be available where you live.

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  6. @Vidya: A google search revealed some interesting egg substitutes such as milk, banana, etc. Though I have never tried an eggless cake before. But will try it sometime soon...

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  7. Tried this this weekend. It came out perfect. Thanks for the detailed instructions. I was running to my laptop for each instruction while doing :). Keep posting.

    Madhavi

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  8. @Madhavi: Wow... So glad to hear that it came out fine...

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  9. It was more than 15 yrs since I made a cake...
    Tried this cake suggested recipe without the frosting. Turned out well for me. Brought in cherries to add a twist. Tasted real well. Thanks Sarah

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    1. That's awesome Archana... glad that u liked it.

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  10. Hey Ammu :p I tried this frosting recipe and I must tell you that this is the best cake frosting I ever ate in my life. Thank you so much!!!!

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