Happee Monkee

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Cupcakes Galore

By • Jul 26th, 2008 • Category: Cupcakes

Do you have your cupcake hat on? Are you ready for a cupcake fest? Are you absolutely passionate about cupcakes? Are you positively mad about little cutesy sweet toothy cupcakes? Are you?? Are you???

Then this must be your L-U-C-K-Y day.

At ten o’ clock last night, I was sitting on my kitchen floor, reading Jane Goodall, in front of my oven. I made a batch of pineapple carrot cupcakes and I was making the finishing touches for it. I didn’t want to take the chance and burn the thinly sliced pineapples that I was trying to make into hibiscus petals. Finally after three hours fussing over the pineapple slices, I lie in bed and decided that I wasn’t going to serve the cupcakes nor use the decorations. So, I was up at eight in the morning, making a new batch of cupcakes – lemon and white chocolate with cream cheese frosting.

Sometimes, I think I’m a little cuckoo. But you know what? I like being a cuckoo.

I will tell you that the basic cupcake recipe is fantastic and you can play around with flavours. The core of the batter is pretty firm on giving you a fluffy tasty cupcake. Like for example, I’ve used the same core ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs, flours), measurement and technique on four different flavours so far – cherry ripe cupcakes; caramel pear & coconut cupcakes (not featured); lemon and white chocolate cupcakes; and chocolate mars bars cupcakes. So if you’re feeling creative and you have this and that lying in your kitchen dying to be used, this is a good cupcake recipe to play with.

Lemon & White Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting &
Chocolate Mars Bars Cupcakes with Whipped Cream
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Core Ingredients:

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup plain flour

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For Lemon White Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 tsp lemon rind
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate, roughly chopped

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 30g butter, softened
  • 80g cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp lemon rind
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar

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For Chocolate Mars Bars Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1/3 cup Mars Bars, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup thickened cream whipped
  • 100g dark eating chocolate

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Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line muffin pan with paper cups.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, beat in one at a time. Add essence.
  4. Beat in milk and then sifted flours, gradually in batches.
  5. Fold in chosen flavours. Divide mixture among cups and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.
  6. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool.
  7. Prepare toppings.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
Beat butter, cream cheese and rind in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sifted icing sugar. Decorate cupcakes.

Whipped Cream
Beat thickened cream until thick and fluffy. Use a vegetable peeler and grate chocolate.

Related posts:

  1. Passionfruit Cupcakes
  2. Green Tea Cupcakes
  3. Cherry Ripe Cupcakes
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5 Responses »

  1. Congrats w/ the new site, found you on RM, lovelly pics ;)

  2. Thanks Zita, I love your site just as well. Come by again :)

  3. Hi Mabel, just came by your website. I must say, you a have wonderful blog. Love your cupcakes expecially with the ‘pineapple flower’. I had reservations about making these flowers but after seeing your beautiful flower, I think i’ll go ahead and make them.

  4. Hi Zareena,
    Thanks for dropping by. You have to have lots of patience with the pineapple flowers.
    But most important of all, you need a very sharp knife to slice the pineapple in thin layers. Brush some pre-made syrup on it. Bake them in a preheated oven of 140C for an hour on baking paper. Peel them off the baking paper immediately so it doesn’t stick and put them over empty egg cartons (the peak points) to ‘mold’ them into flowers. I baked approx. 40 slices but ended up using only 10.
    Good luck!

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