Friday, October 1, 2010
I heart Cup Cakes
Then again- who doesn't?
They are sweet, come in every imaginable flavour,look cute, are easy to make and best of all don't need to be cut.
I hate cutting cakes! Especially if I spent a long while making them. I tend to somehow mess them up- so my solution: make mini-cakes that need NO cutting. Well that and the fact that I like small gorgeous looking bites that are simply delicious - and on top of that they are easy to make
the weekend is looming and I feel like Chocolate Cup Cakes:
How about you?
Chocolate Cup Cakes with Chocolate Ganache Mousse
for Cup cakes:
100g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
80g self-raising flour
20g Coco powder
1 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 180C
Whisk the butter and sugar until the butter is pale and fluffy and the sugar is dissolved. Add one egg at the time while whisking gently. sift the flour, coco powder and baking powder together and add to the mixture a small portion at the time until the batter is mixed.
Fill 3/4 of greased or lined cup cake forms and bake for about 20min or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean. The baking times do varies according to the size of the cup cakes...
Take out and leave to cool completely on a cooling rack
( I find my cakes are much light if all ingredients are at room temperature so I take them out of the fridge a few hours before baking )
for the Icing:
50g dark chocolate ( I use 80%)
1/2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp castor sugar- i replace this sometimes with vanilla syrup
Brake chocolate into small pieces, put into a glass/metal bowl and place this on a pot with simmering water. Stir chocolate occasionally until all is melted- be careful not to get it too hot because it will go all grainy, i.e curdle- at the butter,sugar and 1 Tbsp of cream (at room temp) and stir it well. Set the mixture aside to cool a little. Stirring it every now and then. It should be glossy and smooth
Whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks. While whisking add the cooled melted chocolate slowly until all is well mixed. It should be light and fluffy but firm.
Pipe onto the cup cakes ...
et voila! a great weekend treat!
I am off to do these things
oh, did I mention they are easy to make?!
Enjoy your weekend