All posts tagged: Cupcakes

Easy Vanilla Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

Once you get the basics right then everything else is a breeze. My first cupcake was a vanilla cupcake. Somehow adding the chocolate as an additional step made it feel like advanced baking! Now here’s the best part. I made my first cupcake (in my whole life) in March last year! After which I’ve been stuck with the cupcake bug and been driven to try all kinds of mini joys. So now you know that I wasn’t born with a ladle in my hand nor did I have supreme baking talent. The key to success is the 3P’s – Practice, Practice, Practice! (Like the joke – Rumor is that a pedestrian on Fifty-seventh Street, Manhattan, stopped Jascha Heifetz (the greatest violinist of our time) and inquired, “Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” “Yes,” said Heifetz. “Practice, Practice, Practice!” So there you go … if I can bake, so can you. And starting you off is this Basic Vanilla Cupcake Recipe. And just to add some pizzazz, we have a nice and …

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

A conversation about Wimbledon led me to bake these. I know the natural train of thought will be tennis and the Wimbledon cup and how the hell is it related to cupcakes? But let me lead you to it…famously….slowly …delectably. Now Wimbledon is synonymous with tennis but what it’s also famous for is the tradition of eating strawberries and whipped cream by the spectators. Every year about 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, together with 7,000 litres of cream. Phew! I salivate every time I think about it!! My all time favorite dessert is Strawberries and Cream. There – I’ve said it and it’s official now. So next time I claim something else is my favorite dessert you know I’m lying! I always know when its strawberry season in Bangalore. Am I some kind of seasonal food specialist? – Hell no! I just walk over to Corner House and when they start selling their Strawberries and Whipped Cream, the season has officially begun! And man do I tank up on …

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes – for that Festive Feeling!

    Featured in TasteSpotting.com – 5th Jan 2012 and Yummly.com – 23rd Jan 2012 Deck the halls with boughs of holly (fa la la la laa, la laa la la), Tis the season to be jolly (fa la la la la ….and thereabouts)! Yes, there is definitely something festive in the air this time of the year! Better TV programming, people getting drunk on home made wine, Brigade road lit up with fairy lights… Oh yes there’s something festive! I’ve always had a double whammy during this time, Mom’s birthday is on the 24th and then comes Christmas! The co-resident insisits on buying me presents and who says no during the season of giving 😉 So it’s only fair to say, it’s my favourite time of the year! (Apart from my birthday of course, which I always thought should be declared a national holiday…No? Ok fine… half a day? No?… Grinches!) Anyway this brings me to the Triple Chocolate Cupcake. Yes, you heard me right – it’s Triple = Three = Tres = more the merrier! It’s a …

Nutella Cupcakes

Here’s a little treat for my sweet tooth! One – it’s a cupcake, Two – it’s got frosting, Three – Its nutella frosting. I nicked this recipe off the official nutella website – not promoting them, but boy was it worth it! You can’t really replicate the taste of nutella with anything else. Am I glad my supermarket had a buy one get one free offer. Considering the co-resident finished one whole bottle by just digging in a spoon and licking it all off, I needed to use up the other in more productive ways. So yes, this is an attempt at productivity – though it resulted in sheer indulgence! Nutella Cupcakes Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 25 mins Makes: 12 What you need: 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup canola or mild vegetable oil 3/4 cup sugar 3 large eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4-1/2 cup Nutella, at room temperature What to do: In a medium bowl, beat the …

Dreamy Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

 Oh yes we like this one! Happy, fluffy and creamy… and if I might add, at the cost of sounding cheesy … quite dreamy!  Cupcakes bring back memories of schooldays and lazy summers, of the guilty pleasures of licking the cream off the cake and then off your fingers, of having something special just for you. Oh yes we like this!  If something can make people forget that age is pulling them in the wrong direction, then this is it. Why, I feel like a little girl of five when biting into this buttery heaven! Enjoy… Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting Prep time: 15 minsCooking time: 20 minsServes: Makes 12 cupcakes What you need:1 ½ cup all purpose Flour½ tsp baking powder¼ tsp fine Sea Salt½ cup unsalted Butter, softened¾ cup granulated Sugar2 eggs, room temperature2 tsp Vanilla extract2/3 cup whole MilkFor the Frosting: (enough for 24 cupcakes)100 gms Butter3 cups Icing Sugar3-5 Tbsps Milk1 tsp Vanilla extractFood Colouring (if tinting frosting) What to do:Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. Preheat oven to …