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Filled Cupcakes for the sweet punch

Mama I’m hungry, I want something to eat” and a list of specifications follows for ’something’, the most prominent being ‘something different’. I am sure every mother hears this dialogue several times a day. Many times my son has specific hunger pangs;’ I am hungry for chocolate or hungry for oranges or raisins or some favorite snack’ Like every mother I find it challenging to come out with ideas to satiate the ever hungry boy!

This month’s Sweet Punch made my life easier at least for a while; ‘Devils food cupcakes with Vanilla cream filling’ to get me through a few hunger pangs for this week. The boy loves chocolate, even though he does not have a sweet tooth, so he was jumping with joy at the mention of Chocolate cupcakes.

 

A Sweet Punch is a monthly baking event started by three lovely girls  Ria, Maria and Divya, to make baking as simple as possible, bringing you a tried and tested recipe every month.’

This month’s punch was chosen by Divya and the recipe is originally from Baking bites. Thanks Divya I am delighted by your choice of recipe- Filled Cupcakes, a first for me.I don’t think I would had attempted the recipe without your instigation.

The recipe makes about 2 dozen cupcakes. I did not fill and frost all the cupcakes, left  few of them as it is. The cupcakes were rich and delicious even without the frosting. The little elf polished off a few even as they were still cooling on the rack.

Here’s the recipe:

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream filling

Recipe source – Baking Bites

Makes ~ 2 dozen cupcakes

The recipe looks lengthy and consists of three parts:

a)Making the cupcakes

b)Making the filling

c)Making the frosting

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature (I used salted butter and skipped the addition of salt)

2 cups sugar (I used Vanilla sugar)

3 large eggs

3/4 cup sour cream (low fat or full) –(I used cream mixed with a tsp of homemade yogurt)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2-oz(~55 gms) dark chocolate

1 cup water, boiling

 For the Vanilla Cream Filling:

3 tbsp all purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 scraped vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

For the Cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350F (180C) and lightly grease two 12-cup muffin tins (I used 4-6 cup muffin pans of different shapes)

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light.

Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by cream and vanilla extract.

In a small bowl, sieve together flour, baking soda and salt.

Add half of flour mixture to the butter mixture, mix nicely and add the rest of the flour mix.

Stir well between each addition and mix until no streaks of flour remain.

Stir the cocoa powder and the dark chocolate into the boiling water

Pour chocolate water into the rest of the batter and stir until uniform.

Evenly distribute batter into prepared baking cups. Bake each tray for 13-15 minutes (it took ~20-22 minutes for me), until a tester comes out clean and the cakes spring back when lightly pressed.

Cool the cupcakes completely and then turn onto a wire rack to remove from the muffin pans.

For the Vanilla butter filling:

Whisk together the flour and milk and cook in a small saucepan over medium heat until thick. This will only take a few minutes.

Stir continuously to prevent the mixture from clumping and do not bring all the way to a boil.

When thickened (consistency will be that of a thin pudding or custard), strain with a mesh strainer into a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool completely to room temperature.

When the milk mixture is cool, cream the butter and sugar together in a medium bowl until light. Add in the milk/flour mixture and the scraped vanilla bean seeds (or vanilla extract) and beat at high speed with an electric mixer for 7 minutes, until light and fluffy.

Scrape into a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip, or a large ziplock bag with the corner cut off, and set aside until ready to fill your cupcakes.

For the chocolate butter cream frosting:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat, with an electric mixer, until frosting is creamy, 3-5 minutes.

Add additional powdered sugar as needed to achieve a thick, but not stiff, frosting that is easy to spread.

Add additional milk, if necessary, to thin the frosting if it gets too thick.

Scrape into a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip or a large ziplock bag with the corner cut off

Assembly:

Take a cooled cupcake and, using a small knife, cut a cone of cake (1-inch across by 1-inch deep) out of the top.

Trim off the pointy end of the cone, leaving a flat circle of cake. Set aside and repeat this process for all the cupcakes.

Take the cream filling and squeeze a tablespoon or so into each cupcake cavity, filling the hole up to the top with filling.

Top off with a flat circle of cake to plug the hole and keep the filling in place.

Pipe out the Chocolate frosting to cover the top of the cupcake.

Top with some vanilla cream if you have any leftover from the filling and some sprinklers.(I topped the boy’s cupcakes with sugar coated marzipan cherries)

Note: I found it difficult to unmold the cupcakes which did not use cupcake liners, while they were still warm. I had to wait for them to completely cool and then remove them from the pan.

I used a piping bag to frost the cupcakes, I found this easier

I used only 1 cup of powdered sugar for the Chocolate frosting, instead of the recommended 2-3cups.

 

July 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm 20 comments

Sweet Endings…

Yay…raced to the finishing line; 7 recipes on 7 consecutive days! That’s something for a blog which has seen a lull for a very long time!

Some more demanding priorities had forced me to neglect My Foodcourt for a long time. I wanted to get back here and Nupur’s call made me jump at the opportunity. The only hurdle was that, I was on the move for the first 2-3 days, but Auto scheduling posts took care of that.

Nupur’s enthusiasm is infectious and it was impossible for me to ignore her invitation. Thanks Nupur for instigating activity on My Foodcourt and for the lovely ’round-ups’ for all the past 6 days! 

The Marathon and the year will end on a sweet note : Peanut Butter Bites

This quick and simple recipe is from Tarla Dalal’s ‘The Chocolate Cookbook’. Me and my little one had a great time making these chocolate bites.

The choco bites have turned out a bit messy looking and not the perfect shape as I would have liked them to be, but with a 4 ½ old year helping me and kept busy I was least bothered about the appearance! These are absolutely delicious chocolaty bites; don’t go by the looks!

Peanut Butter Bites recipe:

125 gms dark chocolate (or light or white)

 For the filling:

1 cup peanut butter

1/3 cups icing sugar

¼ cups Cocoa powder

 Mix the filling ingredients together.

Roll out into small lemon sized balls. (Refrigerate if required)

Meanwhile melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Take care to see that the base of the bowl is not in contact with the water in the double boiler.

Once the chocolate starts melting, stir continuously till the chocolate melts completely and resembles a smooth sauce

Remove from the double boiler.

Cool the chocolate to room temperature stirring continuously, so that the chocolate cools evenly and no lumps remain.

Coat the peanut butter balls with the chocolate on all sides and place on a cookie tray with butter paper.

I decorated the bites with some colored sprinkles, though the recipe does not say so.

Refrigerate till the chocolate hardens.

Wish You all a very Happy New year ! See you in the New year…..

December 31, 2009 at 3:01 pm 9 comments

Chocolate Samosa with Cappuccino cream

I happened to accidentally stumble on this recipe by Sanjeev Kapoor here while surfing the net.

I love chocolates and I had the ingredients in stock. I tried this recipe out of curiosity and it turned out to be something different and great. Frying the chocolate was something different!I halved the proportions in the original recipe for the samosa- i.e. the covering and the stuffing, since I was not sure how it would turn out to be. I made the Cappuccino sauce thicker than that mentioned in the original recipe. Also I tried 2-3 different shapes along with the triangular samosa shape. I found the karanji shape (half moon) shape easiest to make.

This is also my contribution to Nandita’s Weekend Breakfast Blogging-Christmas special WBB# 8

For the covering
Refined flour (maida) 1 cups
Ghee 1tbsp
Oil to deep fry
For stuffing
Dark chocolate 125 grams
Fresh cream ½  cup
For cappuccino cream sauce
Egg yolk 1
Sugar 5 tablespoons
Fresh cream 1 cup
Instant coffee powder 1 teaspoon
To serve
Pomegranate seeds to garnish

Sieve maida. Rub ghee into it and knead into a stiff dough using water as required. Keep covered with a damp cloth.
Mix grated chocolate and fresh cream and keep chilled in a refrigerator.

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                      Chocolate stuffing

Divide dough into eight equal sized portions and roll out into oval shapes. Cut into half, fold into a cone and fill with chocolate stuffing. Seal and refrigerate.At this point I made different shapes! Be careful and seal the edges properly.The chocolate may run out from the samosa while frying..it happened with my first samosa!

To make cappuccino sauce, whisk egg yolk with sugar till fluffy.
Pour fresh cream into a pan and heat it gently. As it begins to boil, stir it into the egg mixture. Pour this back into the pan and cook on low heat, stirring continuously.
Add instant coffee powder and continue to cook till sauce coats the back of the spoon. Remove from heat and strain. Let cool if required, place in freezer to chill completely.

 

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                     Cappuccino Cream
Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep fry samosas on medium heat till golden and crisp. Drain onto an absorbent paper.
Serve samosas with cappuccino cream sauce garnished with pomegranate seeds.

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CHOCOLATE SAMOSA WITH CAPPUCINO CREAM to celebrate the New Year!

Wish you all a very Happy and Healthy 2007 blossoming with smiles, sunshine and happiness!

January 1, 2007 at 1:58 pm 4 comments


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