Oct 15, 2014

Chocolate cupcakes with Buttercream Roses to celebrate 3 years of blogging!


Hello to all. It's been since we all met hasn't it? :-) We went for a much needed, month long vacation to Kerala and let me say....we had enormous fun. Our vacation started with a lovely Onam celebration with our whole family. A House boat trip in the back waters of Allepy and a dream visit to Delhi were some of the other highlights of our trip and yes, we saw the Taj Mahal. It's quite an experience I tell you, you have to see the Taj to know its glory. Another major event was a big pooja that my Dad was sponsoring for our home temple - Sarpa Kaavu. An ancient folk dance event called Padayani was performed throughout the night and the entire village came to see it. The program was a huge success and was aired on several TV channels. And best of all our lil'Appu had the best time of all, playing care-free along with his niece lil'Akku to share all the fun, play and kid fights with. In all it was a superb vacation and we are still in hangover mode ;-)

Anyways, it's time to get off my blog-slumber. Today is a special day and the reason why I'm still here. It's our little blog's 3rd b'day. Now that I think of it, my blog and my baby boy are of the same age now ;-) I'm not going to say too much about how much I love blogging and what it means to me....the fact that I'm still here after 3 years says it all.  
If I have you all with me I'll be here sharing more recipes and all kinds of baking joys from my kitchen to yours and your feedback and comments are what keeps me going. 

So Happy 3rd Birthday dear MED :-) 



I love Chocolate Cake and I wanted to try out a really rich and moist chocolate cake. This recipe is perfect in all ways. It's rich, moist and very chocolaty and there's a secret ingredient.....Coffee! Yes, a little coffee adds a huge burst of flavor in this cake. Along with cocoa powder, it also uses fresh bittersweet chocolate, which again adds to it's richness! Yumm! 

It bakes up perfectly and literally perfumes your house with the most amazing chocolaty aroma :-) 



After baking up these beauties I was very much intrigued to try making some buttercream roses, which I've wanted to try for a long time now. So I made a batch of my favorite Vanilla buttercream and tinted them pink and yellow and little bit green for the leaves.

I also tried a dual color tone for the petals which also came out pretty decently. Initially my petals weren't forming properly, but as I continued they started forming and getting in shape. Some of the petals even got a ruffled edge, making it look like a slightly weathered petal. I loved that look. 

I did not get a chance to take any video or step-wise pics while making the roses, mayb next time...but you can find several videos on youtube for this technique.



I'm only sharing the recipe for the Chocolate cupackes here. Both Chocolate and Vanilla buttecream goes very well with these cupcakes. You can find the buttercream recipes here . 


Rich Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
This recipe makes:
24 standard-size cupcakes or
50 mini cupcakes or
Two 8" cakes

You'll need:
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
⅓ cup Cocoa powder
¾ cup hot Coffee
¾ cup All-purpose flour
¾ cup granulated Sugar
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
6 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons White Vinegar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard-size cupcake pan/ mini cupcake pan with liners. Place the chopped chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Pour the hot coffee over the mixture and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate mixture for 20 minutes.
2. Whisk together the flour, sugar and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.
3. Whisk the vegetable oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla extract into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Add the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.
4. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake pan cups.
If making cupcakes, bake for 9mins and turn over the pan halfway and bake for another 9 mins (total of 18-20mins)
If making mini cupcakes , bake for 5 mins one side and turn pan halfway for another 5 mins (total of 10-12 mins)
5. Cool the cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on the wire rack to cool completely for about 1 hour.

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Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Makes 3 cups
You’ll need
Unsalted Butter , at room temp – 1 cup (that’s  2sticks or ½ pound)
Powdered sugar or Confectioners’ sugar (sifted) – 3 or 4 cups
Pure Vanilla Extract – 1 tblsp
Milk or heavy cream – 4 tblsp or as needed
Salt – a pinch (optional)
Directions
1.Beat butter until smooth and creamy using a paddle attachment on medium speed if using KitchenAid mixer or using electric hand blender.
2. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar , little at a time on low speed, until it mixes well with the butter.
3. Increase the speed to medium and add Vanilla extract, salt (if using) and 4 tblsp of milk/heavy cream. Combine well for few minutes until smooth and creamy. 
(If you want a thicker frosting add remaining 1 cup sugar. If you want a thinner consistency add more milk 1 tblsp at a time )

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For the Buttercream Roses:
Prepare Vanilla Buttercream and divide them to color into desired colors using food grade gel colors. Make sure the buttercream is of a smooth yet stiff consistency to hold it's shape. 
Add the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with Wilton's Rose Piping tip # 125 and make the swirls.  For a final touch add some leaves using a leaf tip.
(You can make the roses on a nail ring or directly pipe the buttercream roses onto the cupcakes)
Refrigerate each cupcake after the roses are placed on top to help them stay in shape.

Recipe Source: adapted from Cooks Illustrated



I shared these with some friends and colleagues and they all loved it.  But best of all my lil'Appu loved them the most. He wanted all the roses and the mini cupcakes were just the right size for him to enjoy! It's so much fun baking for family and friends :-)

-Manju




11 comments:

  1. They look super cute ...wonderfully done... Happy blog anniversary :)

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  2. Congrats Manju on the 3rd year Anniversary of blogging!! The roses came out good with the 2 tones and I am simply staring at them on the screen!!!

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  3. Congrats Manju! Wish You many more milestones, Keep Rocking!!
    Chocolate cupcakes looks very moist and tempting...buttercream roses on the top looks so cute, real and very pretty. Nice color combo too..Well done :)

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  4. They are lovely! Happy blog anniversary.

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  5. those cakes look amazingly soft and the roses look so good with the double tone! happy bloggoversary... wishing u many many more to come... :)

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  6. wow.. awesome cup cakes.. one of the best seen till now :)
    But one que, how did u border the petals with a darker shade?

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  7. These little cupcakes/roses... one word to describe them: STUNNING!

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  8. Manju, those cupcakes are gorgeous! I wish I could run right over and get one! I will ask my significant other who is the fancy baker between the two of us if he could give the flowers a try!

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  9. Hi want to know how do we bake this turn the pan half way means how...I have a convection oven...

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    1. At half your baking time, turn your entire pan , like the front of your pan should now be the back when you are facing it...does that help? :)

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