One of my earlier tries, cupcakes filled with jam.
I got this idea from Wilton’s website.
Bake any cupcake you want, then pipe in the jam – just like piping choux pastry or éclairs. I chose not to decorate my cupcakes any further but they can be frosted as well. I’m guessing this will be an excellent idea for the cupcakes that have over baked and become a bit dry. The Jam will give them a bit of moisture. Just be careful piping the jam though, it can be easily over filled.
Last year, we sent cupcakes to childcare for Little M’s birthday. She has been asking all year when her birthday is coming again. Last year, I baked a simple cupcake, smeared green frosting with hearts and off it went. This year she put in an order for pink cupcakes.
I spent some time searching for cupcake recipes/ decorating ideas and came across bakingdom.com. more specifically her Sweet Cherry Chip Cupcake
I had to make a few changes to the recipe, not that it wasn’t good but more because of unavailability of American ingredients in Australia.
So the main changes were substituting cherry extract with strawberry extract and cherry chips with mini chocolate chips. I have seen cherry extract here but when husband went shopping, the shop didn’t have it so strawberry it was. We do not have cherry chips. I went to the candy store that stocks American sweets and even they didn’t have it.
I also followed the printable version which does not have lemon zest so I did not have it either.
The recipe says put 3 tablespoon batter in each cup. Mine would have overflowed so I put 46g of batter in each cup. Next time I should increase it to maybe 50 – 52g.
For frosting, I used that’s the best frosting I’ve ever had
It tasted good and fluffy but flour kind of made it feel a bit heavy or maybe it was in my mind. I added purple gel to it. I did not want it to be overly purple so added just a little bit. To me it looked more grey than purple.
Added a few sprinkles of shapes and topped it off with a cherry. For the children, we sent fresh pitted cherry for the staff to put on before serving.
It was that time of the year again. Yep Little M’s birthday. Being one of the most indecisive people in the household at least, I left it all to the little girl to decide what character she wanted this year. She decided on Dora and Boots. Easy enough except, there are tons of birthday cake ideas out there for Dora and Boots.
I have a new baby this year so I wanted it easy. Easiest would have been not to bake and buy a beautifully decorated Dora cake and pay a good sum of money for it and feel guilty afterwards that I did not do it for her this year. Remember, this all started because of her 1st birthday.
Anyways, I went to the cake shop to buy an undecorated white mud. Normally they only require 2 days notice BUT it just happens that this year, around little girl’s birthday we had lots of rain and flood in some parts. The baker for this particular cake shop was flooded in.
So I got depressed and resigned to the fact that I may just have to bake but then decided to call the Cheesecake Shop, Browns Plains. The girl said she would need to see when their cakes are baked and call back. Good news was that I could pick up a white mud cake covered in white chocolate ganache on Friday morning. That was perfect, I would not have to seal the crumbs then.
So we brought the cake home, I rolled out the purple fondant (pre-made this time that I purchased from Spotlight) and made green grass. The Dora princess was a Deco set made by Deco Pac. It is a discontinued item now but I was able to get it from Pinkfrosting.com.au. Princess Dora needs a pony (or maybe 4 for a 4th birthday). I suppose I was lucky enough to sight this pack of horse candle holders in pink and purple, Little M’s favourite colours, at Spotlight as well. Birthday girl could not wait to cut the cake.
Time of reckoning. We sang happy birthday, blew the candles and cut the cake – lo and behold the thing was uncooked in the center. How can the top cook and the rest remain uncooked?
I emailed Cheesecake Shop and after a while received a reply from the manager there. Was asked to describe what I meant by RAW cake and promised a voucher on my door step by Friday that week. It arrived 2 weeks later.
Lesson learnt, I shall bake my own cakes now. At least little girl was happy with her cupcakes to take to childcare but that is another post.