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Cup Cakes for Dummies?

Hello,

I need some help here. I tried to make some Cup Cakes from an easy recipe and it was disgusting! They were hard and the taste was so boring. I am not even going to talk about the icing.

I am a good cook, believe me. But I have never cook sweet recipes before and I would like to do something as simple (it should be, isn't it?) as Cup cakes...

Please, can someone gives me a good and easy recipe to try that will boost my self-esteem in the sweet cooking section? Just something to start with, that will give me enough confidence to be capable eventually to make a whole cake by myself (Instead to buy the already mixed generic preparation...). And who knows, I might be the one who'll send cupcakes around Switzerland for a craving preggo?

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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

This one NEVER fails. They are light and very quick and easy to make.


125g butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup plain baking flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup milk

Cream butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour and baking powder together. Fold into creamed mixture. Stir in milk. Place 12 paper patty cases in muffin tins. Spoon mixture evenly inot paper cases. Bake at 190oC for 15 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly touched. Ice when cold. Makes 12

Enjoy!
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

Let me be greedy,

A good Icing to put on top of that? Something that won't get hard?
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

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A good Icing to put on top of that? Something that won't get hard?

I use the standard icing sugar and food colouring mix. You can't fail with that one. If you are feeling really adventurous you could even add some sprinkles on top of the icing.
If you feel like cheating though you can buy ready made packs of icing in Germany. I haven't seen it here but then again I haven't been looking for it.

If you have the energy let Princess help decorate with sprinkles etc. My kids love it, but it can be messy.

Bon appetite

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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

Does it have to be chocolate?
Because nothing is better than super sweet butter creamy chocolate frosting.
I don't know the exact measurements but you can't go wrong by taking 1/4 butter, 1-2 cups icing sugar, a couple tablespoons milk and maybe 1/4 cup of cocoa. You just have to add more milk if it's to thick or more icing sugar if too runny.
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

100g butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups Denner's (Küchenmehl) flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt
2 teaspoons grated orange or lemon rind (optional)

Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
Cream the butter and sugars together with a Stabmixer (double whippers) or by hand till lighter in colour. Add eggs and beat again for about a minute.
Mix the flour (sift it first) with the baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture and yoghurt (and grated rind, if using) into the butter mixture gently with a spatula - till just incorporated (do not overmix).
Place papercups into muffin pans. Fill till 3/4 full.
Bake for around 20 minutes in middle of oven - testing for doneness: a skinny clean dry knife inserted into the centre of one cupcake comes out 'clean'.

Good luck, Nil!

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A good Icing to put on top of that? Something that won't get hard?
2 cups of powdered sugar (icing sugar)
70g softened butter (almost room temperature)
2 tablespoons cream
6 drops of rum flavour (oil)

Beat it all together till smooth (about 2 minutes). Add a little more cream if you want your icing to be more liquid.

Last edited by argus; 14.02.2011 at 18:18. Reason: increasing the rum oil essence as it's really delicious
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

The best chocolate frosting ever...

225 grams of dark chocolate
142 ml carton of double cream
100 grams of unsalted butter
120 grams of sieved icing sugar


melt chocolate and cream over in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (or carefully in microwave). Stir gently until the mixture is smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Cream softened butter and sugar together, then whisk into the cooled chocolate mixture until it is the thickness of soft butter.

It turns out like this Post photos of what you cook and bake in Switzerland
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

A very nice icing and easy to make is to mix 100 ml of orange juice with powder sugar, put as much sugar as you want consistency
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

Nil: I'm guessing the recipe you used was fine, just not to your taste. IMO, if you have a bit of a cupcake fetish, it's best to figure out what you really like, and then learn the "chemistry" so you can get the perfect cupcake every time. For example, here are the different types of icing and how to make them.

http://www.suite101.com/content/diff...f-icing-a53948

You might like to try the cream cheese icing, and perhaps add lemon zest?

Also, if you found the cake too chewy and not rich enough, add more butter, remove some sugar. If the opposite, do the opposite!

Also, experiment with putting stuff (like a chocolate drop) in the middle of the cupcake
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

Oh yeah, I thought I should also mention, although it' a little far away from you, that there's a place that just serves cupcakes around the corner from me, here:


http://www.cupcake-affair.ch/htm/en_index.html

You can order online.
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

And heres one that just recently opened in Lausanne
https://www.facebook.com/SweetDreamsCupcakeCafe?v=info
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

Another preggo here, who is also dying for cupcakes lately...

But unsure where to buy vanilla essence here or how it is called in German? Is that the same thing as Vanilla Aroma???
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

Nil, I've made these as cupcakes together with a friend and they turned out heavenly (Begga had some too) - as well as used the same recipe to make a small cake to take over to another friend's for dinner.

I think I linked it before, it is perhaps not so much "for dummies" but I think it's not so hard either:

Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes

When we made the cupcakes, we also used the recipe on that link to make the peanut-butter frosting as well, I think you've said that your lil princess likes peanut-butter? Perhaps it will be a hit.

When I brought it for a dinner, I made a simple chocolate butter cream frosting, but added rum flavoring.


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First, the thing to know is that in German / Swiss German "aroma" means both taste and smell soooo... (this is a thing of amusement for me sometimes when my hubby says my shampoo "tastes" - instead of smells - good )

Vanilla can be had a few different ways here, the closest to vanilla extract like I'm used to comes as a liquid in some packets (like you may find single-serve mayo for example) from Dr. Otker and is "bourbon vanille".

You can also find vials of vanilla flavoring too though, usually butter vanilla, which can be very buttery flavored - I use them both, each depending upon what I'm intending to make and how much the butter flavor will go or not.

There also are sachets of vanilla flavored sugar - I'm a lot less conversant with it's use as many of the recipes I use are American recipes which call for vanilla extract. (Hopefully some of the folks with more experience with Swiss baking supplies will have pointers for swapping out the vanilla sugar vs liquid extract / flavorings).

Of course, in addition to those, it is possible to get vanilla beans (much more easily and inexpensively than I recall getting them in the US) or little "pots" that contain the scrapings from inside the bean.
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

You can find vanilla at the www.britshop.ch. I just saw they also have mixes for cakes/ cupcakes, and yum- easter cream eggs too!!
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

I agree that vanilla cupcakes can be a bit boring so I prefer strong flavors - such as banana, carrot, strawberry and this lemon one is my fave:

http://tvnz.co.nz/masterchef-austral...recipe-3675533

The martha stewart website also has great cupcake recipes - I think that's where I found the banana with caramel frosting.
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

I am in the process on doing the cup cakes. I made the mixture and now it goes into the oven, finger crossed!

Next step icing!

Can I use cacao powder for it?
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

Ok Good news, the Cup cakes are baked and look eat-able.

The bad news is that they explode a bit so they don't have a nice uniform top.

The other good news is that I used my brain (oui oui!) and I took the cacao powder that I mixed with a lot of cream and powder sugar (it was black powder cacao) I add the butter and the mix is absolutely delicious!

I am licking it like it has no tomorrow...

When they will be done, I'll post a picture of my very first Cup Cakes made from scratch!

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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

I took the recipe of Ka Pai and Nic80 for the Icing.

I got 14 Cup Cakes out of it and I would have had more if I didn't put that much in the papers.

Next time I will cut the recipe in half because we don't eat much sugar... I will send most of them with hubby tomorrow so he can share them with his co-workers.

If someone gets Cup Cakes in Basel tomorrow, you know from who they are!



Here they are
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Re: Cup Cakes for Dummies?

They look great! Congratulations!
Are you happy with the taste?
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