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Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

For Briar’s birthday I wanted to make her something different so I tweaked the recipe I use for red velvet cupcakes. You have to try out this recipe – these cupcakes are so fragrant and delicious!

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g castor sugar
  • 2 tsp chai spice mix
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or other vinegar

chai spice mix

  • 1 ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line two muffin trays with paper cases
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and bicarb in a bowl
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter, sugar and chai spice mix until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the vanilla
  5. While still beating, add one spoonful of dried ingredients, then one egg, followed by some more dried ingredients, then the other egg, followed by the rest of the dried ingredients
  6. Beat together the buttermilk and vinegar
  7. Fold into creamed mixture
  8. Spoon the batter into the cases to ¾ full
  9. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  10. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down completely before decorating

Chai Icing

ingredients

  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tsp chai spice mix

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth.

To decorate I piped the icing on top of each cupcake and decorated with a chocolate finger biscuit.

 

Teeny’s Custard Cupcakes

Occasion: Athina’s birthday

Recipe: custard velvet cupcakes with custardy cream cheese icing

Teeny is as obsessed with owls as I am with cats so when I discovered this vintage wise owl card on etsy I knew it would be perfect for her!

Shattered Glass Halloween Cupcakes

Occasion: first annual Halloween party at Steve & Amy’s

Recipe: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing

Decoration: shattered candy glass stabbed into a cupcake with red food colouring dripping down

 

My costume was a zombie going to the races – I even made my own fascinator with a bat hanging off it (which I wore again on Melbourne cup day)

David & Gina’s Wedding Cake & Cupcakes

Occasion: Steve’s Dads weddding

Recipe: red velvet with cream cheese icing

Decoration: black & white fondant moulded into leaves, roses & rabbits

Cute As A Button

Occasion: Emma BrenBren’s B’day

Recipe: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing

 

 

 

Pirate Cupcakes, aaargh!

Genna from work has a friend that absolutely LOVES pirates and asked me to make her some cupcakes for her birthday – fun!

She let me choose the flavour so I used my amended red velvet recipe again (with the cocoa swapped with custard powder & no food colouring) with little pirate themed fondant decorations on top.


custard cupcakes

ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 x 15ml T custard powder, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g castor sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or other vinegar

method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line a muffin tray with paper cases
  2. Combine the flour, custard powder, baking powder and bicarb in a bowl
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter, and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the vanilla extract
  5. While still beating, add one spoonful of dried ingredients, then one egg, followed by some more dried ingredients, then the other egg, followed by the rest of the dried ingredients
  6. Beat together the buttermilk and vinegar
  7. Fold into creamed mixture
  8. Spoon the batter evenly into the cases
  9. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  10. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down completely before decorating

buttery cream cheese icing

ingredients

  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp caramel essence

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth then pipe onto the cupcakes.

decoration

To create pirate themed decorations to go on the top of each cupcake I rolled out coloured fondant and used some miniature shape cutters & sculpturing/modeling tools. Then to glue parts together I used sugar glue.

Velvety Chocolate Cupcakes

Miss Emma left the Shock crew at the start of the month so for her last day I made her some cupcakes & decided to make my first attempt at tweaking the Nigella Red Velvet Cupcake recipe where i swapped the red food colouring for some dark chocolate chips. I also made more mixture than I did the first time so there would be more to go around (below recipe is 1 ½ times my previous post).

ingredients

  • 375g plain flour
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3 x 15ml T cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g soft unsalted butter
  • 300g castor sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 260ml buttermilk
  • 1 ½ tsp cider vinegar or other vinegar

method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line two muffin trays with paper cases
  2. Combine the flour, chocolate chips, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb in a bowl
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter, and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the vanilla extract
  5. While still beating, add one spoonful of dried ingredients, then one egg, followed by some more dried ingredients, then the other egg, followed by the rest of the dried ingredients
  6. Beat together the buttermilk and vinegar
  7. Fold into creamed mixture
  8. Spoon the batter evenly into the cases
  9. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  10. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down completely before decorating

* because I had extra mixture, I made one tray of standard muffin sized cupcakes, then one tray of mini cupcakes. To bake the mini cupcakes, I reduced the temperature down to 160°C and baked them for about 10-15 mins.

buttery cream cheese icing

ingredients

  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or lemon juice

 Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth then pipe onto the cupcakes.

RSPCA Cupcakes

 I made up about 4 dozen cupcakes for the RSPCA cupcake day this year. Please vote for my creations so I can win a baking pack for my efforts:

http://www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au/competitions/creative-cupcake/entry/?cupcake=88

 

I made three different types:

Hello Kitty cupcakes – Vanilla flavour with hint of apple & cinnamon decorated with blue icing and a fondant Hello Kitty and dusted with edible glitter

Rainbow Vanilla Cupcakes – rainbow cupcake (purple, pink, orange) topped with rainbow (yellow, green, blue) buttercream icing and sprinkled with edible glitter

Red Velvet Cupcakes – topped with buttery cream cheese icing, with a sprinkle of red edible glitter and decorated with black cats

Hello Kitty cupcakes

For the Hello Kitty cupcakes, I made the standard cupcake recipe that I use from the Edmonds cookbook and threw in some additional flavours:

ingredients

  • 190g butter, softened
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp apple essence
  • 1 C caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ C plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ C milk

method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Cream butter, cinnamon, essences and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together
  5. Fold into creamed mixture
  6. Stir in milk
  7. Spoon mixture evenly into the prepared mini cupcake pan that has been lined with paper cases
  8. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  9. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down before decorating

butter icing

ingredients

  • 250g butter
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp apple essence
  • ½ tsp food colouring

 

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth. Divide into thirds and colour each batch as desired

decoration

For decoration I created fondant Hello Kitty’s. I made a stencil out of cardboard, rolled the fondant out to about 5mm thick then cut out shapes using a craft knife.

For the features (nose & eyes) I cut out coloured bits from a liquorice allsort using a round piping tip (Steve helped out too), and for the whiskers I chopped up fruit sticks into small strips.

To make the features stick to the fondant I wet the cut out with water then pressed them on. Once dried (by the heater to speed up the drying process) I painted the eyes with black food colouring. Then, when the eyes dried out, I brushed white edible glitter over the kitty. To assemble, I piped the blue icing onto each cupcake then sprinkled with silver edible glitter, then popped on the kitty decoration.

I recommend making fondant decorations at least the day before you plan to use them so they can harden up in time.

rainbow cupcakes

For these I made the same recipe as my rainbow cupcakes post. This time round, instead of swirling the mixture before I baking, I evened it out so the cupcake colours stacked on top of each other rather than marbling.

red velvet cupcakes

For these I made Nigella’s red velvet cupcake recipe (see this post). To decorate I piped the icing on top of each cupcake, sprinkled on red glitter the placed on some black cat sprinkles.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I have recently discovered Nigella’s red velvet cupcake recipe and it’s SO good – and easy. I’m planning to use this (ex the red food colouring) for a basic cupcake mixture because it’s so moist and delicious.

ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 x 15ml T cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g castor sugar
  • 1 heaped 15ml T red food colouring
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or other vinegar

method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line two muffin trays with paper cases
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb in a bowl
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter, and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the food colouring and the vanilla
  5. While still beating, add one spoonful of dried ingredients, then one egg, followed by some more dried ingredients, then the other egg, followed by the rest of the dried ingredients
  6. Beat together the buttermilk and vinegar
  7. Fold into creamed mixture
  8. Spoon the batter evenly into the cases
  9. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  10. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down completely before decorating

 

buttery cream cheese icing

ingredients

  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar or lemon juice

 

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth.

To decorate I piped the icing on top of each cupcake and sprinkled on red glitter.

Nigella’s tips:

-          The cupcakes can be baked 2 days ahead and stored, un-iced, layered with paper in airtight containers

-          Icing can be made 1 day ahead: cover with glad wrap and refrigerate; remove from fridge 1-2 hours before needed; beat briefly before using

-          You can use all butter rather than half-butter and half-cream cheese for this icing

Rainbow Cupcakes



For Briar’s birthday I wanted to make her something bright and vibrant – so rainbow cupcakes seemed like the perfect idea! I’ve seen this style of icing before in my google image searches for cupcake decoration ideas so now was the best excuse to try it out.

I made my standard vanilla cupcake recipe and dyed the mixiture and icing so that when you took a bite it was coloured pink-purple-blue-green-yellow!

cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 190g butter, softened
  • 2 T vanilla essence
  • 1 C caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ C plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ C milk

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C
  2. Cream butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together
  5. Fold into creamed mixture
  6. Stir in milk
  7. Divide mixture into thirds and colour as desired
  8. Spoon mixture evenly into the prepared mini cupcake pan that has been lined with paper cases
  9. When spooing the mixture in, evenly place in the colours as desired then gently swurl with a toothpick so the mixture marbles when baked
  10. Bake for 15 mins or until cakes spring back when lightly touched
  11. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down before decorating

 

butter icing

Ingredients

  • 100gbutter
  • 2 T vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 T hot water
  • ½ tsp food colouring
  • 2 C icing sugar, sifted

 

Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth. Divide into thirds and colour each batch as desired, this website details how to get the different colours to blend when you pipe the icing on the top

http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2009/05/rainbow-cupcakes.html

It was actually REALLY easy to do! All you have to do is spoon different colours into the piping bag and it just mixes itself!

I sprinkled yellow and green edible glitter on the top when done just to give them a bit more pazaaz!

They were delicious!