Monday, 16 May 2011

Cupcakes

I love cupcakes. I seriously believe that they are one of the best inventions in the Universe. They bring happiness, sweetness and a divine filling in my tummy.

On my travels I have come across many designs and recipes and have chosen my favourites.

NB: Please refrain from eating your screen!

Best Recipes -

The Science behind Cupcakes  (this is pure genius and will give you the best cupcakes EVER)

3 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
240g butter
3/4 cup milk
4 extra-large eggs
2 tsp baking powder (Moirs is a good brand)
a pinch of salt (salt brings out the flavour in the cake, believe it or not)
Here are the general directions for mixing cakes regardless of quantities 

Heat your oven to 180 degrees.
Set out two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners.
In a nice big mixing bowl, cream the butter until it’s smooth.
Add the sugar gradually and beat until the mixture is fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each one.
Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk.
Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners! Each one should be about 3/4 full.
Bake for 20 minutes (or until a cake tester comes out clean).

Red Velvet Cupcakes (makes 12) From http://bakelovenotwar.co.za/blog/
Ingredients:
§  1.5 cups of cake flour
§  1 cup of sugar
§  10g cocoa (about 1/8 cup)
§  1/2 cup of milk
§  113g butter (at room temperature)
§  2 large eggs (at room temperature)
§  1 tsp baking powder
§  red food colouring (I use Cake Flora, but you can use any brand you like).

Directions:
1.       Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
2.       Set aside a 12-cup cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
3.       In a large-ish bowl, cream the butter until smooth.
4.       Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy and white (this should take about 3 minutes with an electric mixer).
5.       Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each one is added.
6.       Add red food colouring to the milk until the milk is bright red.
7.       Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk.
8.       Now it’s time to spoon the batter into the cupcake liners. They should be about three-quarters full.
9.       Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.



Red Velvet Cupcakes


Best Designs -

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images from a selection on weheartit and from http://cupcakedlights.blogspot.com

2 comments:

  1. These are soooo beautiful. Going to try the recipe this afternoon.

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  2. Hmmm, yum! Now you´ve got me craving cupcakes. They are truly the best invention ever. :P

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