The Cup of Life!! Beer Cupcakes for Dudes!

“Beer with Cupcakes! Whaaaat?? Are you crazy! Yes, I forget. You are a crazy girl!” followed by his ever so famous guffaw. That’s my friend talking.  It’s beer in a cupcake, not with a cupcake. That’s my argument. These are just perfect to serve on the big day, 13th of July! I sure will be doing so!
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One of the teams i was rooting for is now out of the game! Yes, Brazil! It was an outcome no one could have imagined. It was indeed a sad day and i could see disappointment writ large on the faces of my friends who had gladly adorned themselves in green and yellow! The chants of “Dalej dalej dalej O!brazil seemed to have gone down after the first 25 minutes! Alas, this is life and sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and march forward.

Yours tryly.

Yours truly.

 

Celebrations after the quarters win!

In much happier times, after the quarters win!

The second semi final game seemed to be at the other end of the spectrum with no goals being scored at all! I am quite delighted that Argentina have moved to the finals. My hubby is a bit confused as he loves both the teams…he seems to lean towars Messi though.. 🙂 It should be a good game and may the best team win. Go Argentina! 😉

Discovered in Prague!

Discovered in Prague!

These cute little cupcakes will make an excellent treat to serve to the guys! 🙂 I have used a dark lager beer for the caramelised cocoa kind of flavor that the beer imparts to the cupcake. It would be interesting to try some fruit beers though! Paired with cream cheese frosting it balances the sweetness of the cupcakes and enhances the taste of the beer!

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Ingredients:

Vanilla Cupcakes:
I have used my basic vanilla cupcake recipe with the exception of milk.

CreamCheese Frosting :
Cream Cheese 250 g, softened
Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
Icing Sugar, 2 tbsp
Salt, a pinch (optional)

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Instructions :

Vanilla Cupcakes:

While the cupcakes are still warm, pierce several holes with a toothpick. Drizzle beer over the cupcakes. Cool completely before frosting.
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting :

Beat cream cheese and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until mixture is smooth.
If using salt, add it just before piping the cupcakes.

Pipe or spoon the cream cheese frosting over the cooled cupcakes.
Decorate with some pretzels!

Bon Apetit!

Bon Apetit!

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This recipe has been adapted from “Cupcakes with Attitude”.

Reach for the Cup of Life!

Reach for the Cup of Life!

I have no idea why but the song has been lingering in my mind for days now. To uplift the weekend mood,
“Ale, Ale Ale. Go, go ,gol! Ale, Ale, Ale.
Tonight’s the night, we’re gonna celebrate.
The cup of life!!! Ale, Ale, Ale.

The countdown begins…… Un, dos, tres………..

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Choco-vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Choco-Vanilla Cupcake

Choco-Vanilla Cupcake

What would you do if you absolutely must have vanilla and chocolate cakes. Make Choco-vanilla Cupcakes, voila!
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I had bought a different brand of chocolate and was dying to try it out, so I thought of making a chocolate frosting. What better than cupcakes to pair it with. Super quick and easy to make, I decided to make me some cupcakes. I couldn’t decide i wanted chocolate cupcakes more than the vanilla ones so I made both. 🙂 I topped these up with chocolate cream cheese frosting which was just perfect.
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Spoon one scoop of vanilla and chocolate batter into cupcake liners
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I have posted links below for the cupcake recipes.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting
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Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
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Bon Apetit!

Bon Apetit!

I am embarrassed to say I had 6 of these!

:)

🙂

Chocolate cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

I made my first chocolate cake eight years back….out of Betty Crockers cake mix in a pressure cooker…..It was delicious covered with chocolate buttercream I made myself.I would generally bake for my family being coached by my mother :), this was the first time I made a cake for one of my friends on his birthday.He ate almost half of it. 🙂
I still remember how happy it made him and I forayed into the world of baking and have loved every part of it.

This recipe for chocolate cupcakes has been apdated from the book “Cupcakes with attitude” by Benjamin Wong.The cupcakes turned out super moist, well balanced flavor of cocoa powder.The tangy cream cheese chocolate frosting takes the cupcake to another level and these would make for a perfect treat served at any occasion or party.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes


Makes 12

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cupcakes:

All purpose flour 125 g
Baking Powder 2 tsp
Butter 125 g, softened
Cocoa powder 2 tbsp
Caster sugar 125 g
Eggs 2, lightly beaten
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
Full cream milk 2 tbsp (optional)

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:
Cream Cheese 125 g, softened
Butter 50 g, softened
Semi sweet chocolate 60 g, chopped
Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
Milk 1-2 tbsp
Icing Sugar 50 g

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Instructions:

Chocolate Cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line muffin tray with cupcake liners.

Sift dry ingredients except sugar together. Set aside.

Cream butter in a mixing bowl with the help of an electric beater for a few minutes.
Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until well combined.

Add eggs and vanilla and beat until mixture is light and fluffy.

Add flour mixture and continue to beat until well combined.Do not overbeat.
Add milk if using and mix well.

Spoon batter into cupcake liners until three-quarters full. Bake for 20 minutes.
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When cupcakes are done, remove from the oven and let cupcakes sit in the muffin tray for 5 minutes.

Remove cupcakes from the tray and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting :

Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Let stand until just warm.
Beat cream cheese, butter and milk until light and fluffy.
Add vanilla essence and mix well with the beater.

Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until mixture is smooth.

Mix in melted chocolate until combined.

Using a piping bag pipe the cooled cupcakes or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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Bon Apetit!

Bon Apetit!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

I have been now living in Wroclaw for about three months now.Friends who know me very well are aware that three months is my threshold for being away from home. 🙂 While I was working in Singapore, I would visit my home town Pune, India at least three times a year. One of the times, I did carry home the famous Kaya Jam and some cupcakes.To say the least, the cupcakes were totally amazing and I can never stop thinking about them….

So when I was having friends over for a casual dinner and drinks on a Friday night, couple of whom were Singaporeans, I thought what better than cupcakes to keep it simple and classy.Incidentally, it turned out that all the eight of us had lived in Singapore for some part of our lives.So it turned out to be perfect as Singaporeans love their cupcakes!

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Makes 24
Ingredients :

Vanilla Cupcakes :

Butter 125 g, softened
Caster Sugar 125 g
Eggs 2
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
Salt a pinch
All purpose flour 125 g
Baking powder 2 tsp
Full cream milk 2 tbsp (optional)
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Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
Cream Cheese 125 g, softened
Butter 50 g, softened
Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
Milk 1-2 tbsp
Icing Sugar 50 g
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Instructions :

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Preheat oven to 180° C. Line muffin tray wit cupcake liners.

Sieve the dry ingredients together except for the sugar.

Cream butter with the help of an electric mixer or by hand for a few minutes.Graduall add the caster sugar and continue to beat until the sugar is well incorporated.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy.

Add the dry ingredients and beat until well mixed. Do not overbeat.

Add milk if using.

Spoon batter into cupcake liners until three-quarters full. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
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When cupcakes are done, remove from the oven and let them cool in the muffin tray for 5 minutes.

Remove cupcakes from the tray and cool completely before frosting.
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Well, they taste great just plain too!

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting :

Beat cream cheese, butter and milk until light and fluffy.

Add vanilla essence and mix well with the beater.

Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until mixture is smooth.

Using a piping bag pipe or spoon the cooled cupcakes or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Decorate as you fancy!
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There were no leftovers 🙂

Bon Apetit!

Bon Apetit!