Saturday, January 10, 2009

CupCake Crazy

I tried to post this earlier but it wasn't working. If you haven't seen it please give yourself a no calorie treat- it will make you happy.

Amanda, from Bake It Pretty (a really cute site for cake and cupcake decorating) has a very talented sister who made this video for for her.

After visiting Alexis Stewart's blog,in which she uses Donna Hay recipes all the time, I ran out last night and bought Donna Hay's latest magazine.
And guess what one of the articles was about?

So many delicious cupcakes...Strawberry Cupcakes.Red Velvet Cupcakes.Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Cupcakes.Candied Lemon Cupcakes.Double Chocolate Cupcakes(Hungry Yet?)Vanilla Cream Cupcakes.Coconut Cupcakes. Honey and Golden Syrup Meringue Cupcakes.

The article was called Petite Amour.

Love this magazine.

Hard to choose which ones to bake.

But I think I'm choosing Strawberry cupcakes for now.

And Meringue Icing( can't wait to have MERINGUE ICING!) from the eggs I get ech week form the boys across the way.It uses Golden Syrup- which wikpedia says.."
is a thick, amber-colored form of inverted sugar syrup, made in the process of refining sugar cane juice into sugar, or by treatment of a sugar solution with acid. It is used in a variety of baking recipes and desserts. It has an appearance similar to honey, and is often used as a substitute for people who do not eat honey. It can also be used as a substitute for corn syrup."

I'm going to have to go on a hunt this AM to find some-otherwise I'll use honey. I DON"T want to use corn syrup.

Strawberry Cupcakes

*125g butter softened...grams-huh-ohh I'm feeling Aussie/British already
*3/4 cup caster sugar..don't you just love the way they talk-superfine sugar for us Colonists
*1 tsp vanilla extract
*2 eggs
*1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
*1 1/4 tsp baking powder-sifted
*1/2 cup milk
*75 g strawberries hulled and chopped(you can use defrosted frozen ones if you want)

Preheat oven to 320f
Place butter,sugar and vanilla in bowl and with electric mixer beat till light and creamy-10-12 minutes.Gradually add eggs and beat well.Add flour,baking powder,milk until combined. Place strawberries in food processor and process till smooth. Fold strawberries into cupcake mixture. Spoon into cupcake tin with paper cupcake holders. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.

I'm going to make the MERINGUE ICING- even though it calls for Cream Cheese Icing
Golden Syrup Meringue Icing
*1 1/4 cups Golden syrup
*4/3 teaspoon cream of tartar
*3 very fresh egg whites
Place golden syrup and cream of tartar in small saucepan over heat and bring to a boil.Place egg whites in mixer ad beat till soft peaks form.While motor is running, gradually add golden syrup mixture and beat for 4-5 minutes till thick and glossy.Spread over cupcakes...YUM

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