Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

I generally prefer to justify baking sweet somethings and felt the act was well justified today! My personal favourites are mini cupcakes, but today made larger ones to accommodate the icing. It's been over a month since I discovered the flower nail and creating roses were demystified. And today was the day I put that knowledge  to use. 

A rose is a rose is a rose!

This was the first time I made buttercream icing with a spatula and not the hand mixer. I used butter (didn't know margarine for icing was different from table margarine or that commercial buttercream has nothing to do with butter!!!) and homemade icing sugar. Also, I don't thing self-made butter-paper icing bags are my thing....ziplock works!

The egg-plus or egg-less thing is a whim. Though if I'm baking for my parents or know that its going to consumed by people with egg restrictions, it's obviously eggless. I'd bookmarked two eggless chocolate cupcakes from blogs I follow and tried one today (just one tweak!). Pavithra of Dishes from my Kitchen, through sufficient trial and error created her "Best Ever Eggless Chocolate Cake/ Cupcake". I'll have to agree that they're perfect! The best part being the ingredients were simple, the process was simpler and even my three year old could mix it up!

Multi-directional mixing!

I bought a bottle of peppermint flavouring last week and decided the icing would be minty. The only crux was I wanted it to be green. Googling for answers (after the cakes were iced, BTW) revealed that green roses do exist naturally and symbolizes richness, abundance and bounty! Perfect!

So, a small batch of dark brown chocolate cupcakes all iced with mint flavoured roses........I loved my share, my daughter loved hers, saved one for DH.....just heading out to give them away before the cake monsters get to them.

Just realized that I didn't take a shot of the ultra-soft cakes. Will update that, since I'm going to be using the same recipe for some cakes this weekend!

(From Dishes from my Kitchen)
Cake Flour - 3/4 cu
Light Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup (original recipe used regular sugar)
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 1/2 tbsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Water - 1/2 cup
Oil - 4 tbsp (I used Sunflower oil; nothing specific in original recipe)
Vinegar - 1 tbsp (original recipe listed apple cider vinegar or any vinegar)
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Instant Coffee - 1/4 tsp (Optional)

Buttercream icing:
Butter - 50 gms (out of fridge; not soft or spreadable)
Icing sugar - 75 gms (sift to remove lumps)
Peppermint flavouring - 1/2 tsp
Green food colouring - 1/4 tsp (used gel colour)

Keep prepared 6-7 cupcake molds with liners. Set oven to 180C. Whisk the dry ingredients (except the instant coffee powder) and wet ingredients (the coffee goes here) separately. Add the wet to the dry and mix well till no lumps remain. Pour into prepared molds and bake for 15 minutes or so. Test with wooden skewer or toothpick. when done remove and place on wire racks to cool.

To make the icing, take a bowl and rub the butter against the sides with a metal spatula. Once the butter is smooth add the icing sugar in increments. Once the sugar is incorporated and the buttercream has a nice paste-like spreadable consistency add the essence and colouring. If the icing seems very thick add a drop of vegetable oil. I didn't have to do this since the essence and ambient temperature too care of things. Pipe the icing as desired. I used a no.11 tip to make those roses.