Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Valentine Chocolate Cupcakes and some baking tips.


With Valentine ’s Day approaching everyone is scurrying around buying gifts and planning treats for their valentine. Personally I think that valentine’s day has become too commercialised and it’s been abused  by retailers who have capitalised on the day by charging extortionate prices for gifts such as roses, chocolates and hotel stays. I prefer to make a lovingly prepared dinner with a surprise dessert and maybe a cute cupcake or two as a gift.


Cakes are always appreciated by young and old, and if they are home made the gift is even more appreciated. Baking is not difficult however there are some strict rules one must follow to get the best results.

1. Always make sure that the ingredients are fresh and that the flour used in the cake making is not old and out of date. Flour should be stored in an air tight container on a shelf or in a cupboard in a cool part of your kitchen. The reason for this is so stop any moisture getting into the flour which may cause it to become clumpy. In some cases, flour can attract psocids which are tiny brown or black insects which live in dry foods. I store my flour in the OXO pop containers; they are clear containers with a lovely air tight lid that helps to retain the flours' freshness.




2. The second most important part of getting perfect results in cake baking is to measure the ingredients accurately. Baking cakes is an art and to get best results all the ingredients need to be measured either using a weighing scale or a measuring jug such as OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring Jug. This jug has an angled surface which allows you to read measurement markings by looking straight down into the jug and eliminates the need to fill, check and adjust the amount of liquid you are measuring.



3. It is also important for the butter and the eggs used in the recipe to be at room temperature. The sugar and butter must be creamed together to be light and fluffy before adding any other ingredients to it. To achieve a well creamed sugar/butter mixture, I find the OXO Good Grips Hand Held Mixer perfect for the job. The smooth rotating gears work the detachable steel beaters efficiently making light work of whisking giving you perfect results in a jiffy.

4. Once the ingredients are whisked it is important to gently fold in the flour to get a light and fluffy texture to your cake.

5. This is by far the most important part of baking your cupcake or any cake for that matter and that is that the oven must be pre heated and be at the right temperature before placing the cakes to bake.



With these tips, baking the perfect cupcake to woo your valentine will be easy.So now we will move on to the Valentine Chocolate Cupcake, the perfect and delectable gift for your valentine.





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Chocolate Cup cakes


Fluffy chocolatety cupcakes with cream cheese frosting .

Ingredients:
  • 250g / 8 oz caster sugar.
  • 140g / 4 oz butter
  • 2 eggs (or egg replacer)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 180g / 6 oz plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 60g / 2oz cocoa
  • 210 ml milk

    For the frosting:
  • 250 g / 8oz cream cheese
  • 120 g / 4oz icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2-3 drops red food colouring
  • Ready to roll fondant icing in red and pink
  • Heart shaped decorations
  • Silver edible glitter

Method:

1.Preheat oven to 180degrees C / 375 degrees F.2.Beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy with the help of a whisk.3.Add the eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla essence and whisk again.4.Sift the flour, soda bicarbonate and cocoa5.Fold the sifted ingredients into the butter and egg mixture and fold it in gently. 6.Add the milk until you get a dropping consistency.7.Line a muffin pan with cake liners and fill each liner 3/4 full with the cake batter. 8.Bake the cakes in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until a skewer inserted in it comes out clean. Take them out of the oven and transfer the cakes to a wire rack to cool completely. 9.In a bowl add the cream cheese, vanilla and sifted icing sugar and whisk together the frosting. 10.Divide the frosting into two and add the red food colouring to one half  and mix it to tint it pink. 11.Fill two piping bags with star nozzles and fill each bag with the frosting. Pipe rosettes onto the cup cakes. 12.Roll out the fondant icing and cut out hearts from them. Decorate the top of the frosting with the hearts and sprinkle with edible glitter and heart decorations.
Details
Prep time:40 minsCooking Time:20 minsTotal time:60 minsYield: 18 cupcakes



I was sent the whisk, jug and the pop container by OXO to review,all the opinions and thoughts about the product are my own.

Submitting to:
Lets cook Valentine Special Dishes event by simplyfood.


32 comments:

  1. What better way than a sweet little cake to melt someones heart, and chocolate cake is my favourite. These are very pretty and delicate looking cakes.

    Also I love the measuring jug, never come across one where you can read the measurements inside when filling it up.

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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  2. if i made these, these would just be to me from me haha great tips! ive picked some up :)

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  3. Yummy cupcakes, perfect for the Valentines theme..

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  4. Delicious cup cakes nicely decorated .. Liked the serving plate too..

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  5. As usual your cakes look out of this world. I must book some baking classes with you.

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  6. Great tips! The cupcakes are super cute, you're awesome with icing :)

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  7. These look amazing, you can never beat a good cupcake!

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  8. oh wow these look utterly amazing! i love a good cake :-)

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  9. Mmmm you can't go wrong with a chocolate cake and yours look lovely

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  10. That measuring jug looks ace, especially for kids

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  11. LOL have to say I completely do the opposite of these tips (not the out of date but air tight and measuring) and not had any complaints. I definitely agree though and I have cakes planned and my husband is cooking me steak.

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  12. oh how adorable loving the little extras, cant wait til i can start doing things like this when o move into my new home, IT HAS A KICHEN! LOL my current is smaller than a box lol x

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  13. They look great! I completely agree re: commercialisation of Valentine's Day, we always do a homecooked meal now x

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  14. Yummy these sound and look delicious!

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  15. oh wow, chocolate cup cakes, they look delicious.

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  16. My kids keep begging me to start baking again - these look delicious

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  17. Ah, that reminds me of when I used to bake a lot. Now days I don't bake as much, I'm not allowed to eat the treats and the rest of my family wouldn't want to help clean the mess... sooo... I go to costco to buy treats for the rest of the family. LOL

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  18. Great tips. I could do with an accurate measuring jug. I tend to guesstimate and it doesn't always turn out well for me!

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  19. Your cupcakes look so professional, they look really good! I promised my kids to bake valentines cupcakes

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  20. Cakes look great but I was impressed with your tips. People tend to overlook the majority of those things. All good bakes start with solid basics.

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  21. I do love cake. I bet the kids would love to make some at the weekend

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  22. I need a better measuring jug as well and yummy at the recipe

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  23. Some great tips and they look absolutely amazing x

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  24. I am going to bake with the children this half term, so will give these a try x

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  25. Yum they look really nice! Dribbling!

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  26. These look amazing and perfect for making with the kids :)

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  27. These are so pretty!

    Ashleigh

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