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Went to Anna’s place and filmed her icing a cupcake with her homemade meringue (‘mer-rang’) buttercream. I speeded up the video so that viewers will take less time to download and view. (The buttercream recipe and vanilla pound cupcake recipes mentioned in today’s post will be in Anna’s upcoming cupcake cookbook.)
This is the concentrated paste used to colour the buttercream. Liquid food colouring may not work here as it may change the consistency of the buttercream.
Dip a toothpick into the concentrated paste and use it to colour the buttercream.
Use a spatula to fold the paste till the buttercream is uniformly coloured.
These vanilla pound cupcakes were made by Anna. They are very versatile. Just by adding different ingredients, you can get various flavoured cupcakes. Chocolate chips, dried cranberries and sliced almonds all go well with these cupcakes.
Frost the cupcake (as shown in the video above), then decorate with a mini duck fashioned from fondant.
Pink meringue buttercream.
Teddy bear cupcake. The teddy bear is made from fondant. All done by Anna!
Here is my version of butter cupcakes. These are so quick and easy to make. It requires minimum effort but produces a variety of professional looking cakes. Make chocolate chip, raisin, banana, blueberry, cranberry and apricot cupcakes in 40 minutes! This recipe makes 12 regular sized cupcakes.
120g unsalted butter
120g caster sugar
120g self-raising flour
2 beaten eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
Chocolate chips, blueberries, raisins, cranberries, etc.
Medium sized paper cases
Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.
Cut butter into cubes and cream it in an electric mixer. Add sugar and cream till sugar dissolves and mixture is light and creamy.
Sift flour into a bowl.
Keep the mixer on and add eggs and vanilla essence. Beat till well combined.
Add flour gradually into the electric mixer.
Arrange paper cases into muffin tray. Use 2 spoons to scoop the butter mixture into the paper cases.
Sprinkle chocolate chips, fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, etc, onto the mixture.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes till golden brown.
If self-raising flour is unavailable, replace it with 120g plain flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder.
When filling the paper cases with the cake mixture, fill them till about 3/4 full. The mixture will rise during baking and fill up the paper cases nicely without overflowing.
Ingredients such as chocolate chips and fresh blueberries taste great with these cupcakes. Do not mix these ingredients into the cake mixture and stir, as they will sink to the bottom during baking. Instead, sprinkle them on top of the cake mixture before placing in the oven. During baking, the mixture will rise and cover these ingredients beautifully.
Dried cranberries and raisins go well with these cupcakes too. So do other fruits like bananas and dried apricots. If using bananas, be sure to chop them finely. Do not mash or puree the bananas as this will cause them to sink to the bottom of the cakes. Ingredients such as kaya and peanut butter do not work well in these cakes due to their density. They will sink to the bottom during baking even if they are spread on top of the mixture before baking. It is better to pipe these ingredients over baked cupcakes.
Notice: Copies of the Delicious Asian Sweet Treats and Delicious Asian Baked Treats cookbooks were sold out at the magazine stores at Takashimaya and Paragon. Stocks have just been replenished today. Readers who were previously unable to get copies of both titles at those stores can do so now.
1. ADpost at Takashimaya (magazine store cum money changer) - the store is located within the Takashimaya Food Court, near the Gents/Ladies) 391, Orchard Rd, Ngee Ann City Tower A, Takashimaya (Food Dept) Basement 2, Singapore 238 873. Tel: 6836 3997, 6836 2663
2. ADpost at Paragon (magazine store cum money changer) - the store is located at Basement 1, opposite Guardian Pharmacy and next to GNC store) 290 , Orchard Rd, Paragon Shopping Centre, B1-19, Singapore 238 859. Tel: 6836 2996, 6836 6550.
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(Do call the store before making a trip down because the stocks run out quite fast.)
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