Sunday, 5 January 2014

what's a christmas without cake?

Remember a time when this little corner of the blogesphere was less philosophical and more about my baking escapades?

Well.. settle in with a cup of tea and enjoy. This one's on me.

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I heart Christmas.

I heart cupcakes.

So it was only natural that my two loves come together during the festive season.

It was a less traditional Christmas for me this year, having moved away from 'home' it was not as simple as showing up to the family gathering with a plate of treats for the masses.

 But after not spending much time flexing my baking muscles in the past few months, it was fun to get back in the kitchen and prepare a few sweets for the small gathering that was my dad, sister and I.


There were cupcakes; there were melting moments; there were double choc chip cookies.

Quite simply - My Christmas was a food-fest.

In the interest of honesty, the two styles of cupcakes were the same cake batter and icing, just decorated differently.

Christmas Cupcakes >> STARTS WITH CUPCAKES
: CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES :
Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Christmas Cupcakes >> STARTS WITH CUPCAKES
: CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES :
Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

How To :
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water



Line muffin tin with paper liners. Heat oven to 180 C.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for one minute.
Stir in boiling water (the batter will be really runny).
Fill liners 2/3 full with batter.
Bake cupcakes for approximately 22-24 minutes.

For the Frosting:
140g butter
3-4 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp vanilla essence
3-4 tbsp milk

Beat butter until soft.
Slowly add icing sugar
Gradually add milk and vanilla
Test consistency and taste frequently..!


And don't worry - Miss Emmy wasn't forgotten.
She had a special dog-friendly treat of her own.

Miss Emmy >> STARTS WITH CUPCAKES



xx

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