Friday, September 26, 2008
I have been baking cakes for some time now, since college. My cakes are usually nothing very fancy, just the ordinary kind. You know, cream the butter and sugar, add the eggs, then flour and whatever flavours the cake calls for, then pour the batter into a cake tin and bake it.
My cupcakes are much the same, so far. But every now and then, I would dream of making cupcakes with unusual or different flavour combinations and decorating them too.
The Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit is a blog with an amazing variety of cupcakes and frostings. I have been wanting to bake some cupcakes using one of those recipes for quite some time now. Well, I finally did it.
I made her Sweet & Salty Honey Peanut Cupcakes. I followed her recipe but instead of layering the peanuts with the cupcake batter, I folded the peanuts into the batter at the end. I also used 1 egg less.
I also decided to use a chocolate ganache (melt ¾ cup chopped chocolate + 75 ml cream + 1 tsp oil) instead of the frosting to decorate the cupcakes.
Most frostings seem to need a lot of sugar making them too sweet for my taste. I need to find one which has just the right amount of sugar.
I, personally, liked the combination of dark chocolate ganache and these honey peanut cupcakes.
I used dark chocolate here but I would advise using milk chocolate to make the ganache. It would pair better with these cupcakes. I would also recommend trying the frosting accompanying the original cupcake recipe, if you like frosting as it seems a perfect pairing for the cupcakes.
These cupcakes turned out quite light, not to sweet and we liked the honey-peanut combination. The original recipe was for 9 cupcakes, whereas I got 10 cupcakes. I guess my liners were a bit smaller.
I also had a go at decorating the cupcakes. I know I’m still not there but would like to believe I’m improving.
These cupcakes are my contribution to Cupcakes, the Final Chapter: A Sugar High Friday event hosted by Fanny of Foodbeam.
May I also take this opportunity to remind everyone who was planning to be a part of WBB: Grains in my Breakfast, that the deadline for submissions is the 30th of September, which is just 4 days away? Thanks.