Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Sometimes I crave spice and sweet together. If one adds sweetness to spicy food it may go wrong, but the other way round works just like a charm.

Hence, I made these cupcakes with the addition of spices and they tasted absolutely what I was looking for!  I’ve made two kind of frosting here, one with chocolate and the other with cocoa. Both were good but the one with melted chocolate had a richer and smooth texture to it.

Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes

Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes:

125 g All purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
75g Chocolate, chopped
125 g Unsalted Butter
125 g brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Salt, pinch
Coffee, 1 tbsp dissolved in 2 tbsp of hot water
4 tbsp heavy cream

SPICE MIX
1.5 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Ground Nutmeg, a pinch
Ground Clove, a pinch

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 1 :

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

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 2 :
125 g, Cream Cheese softened
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1-2 tbsp Heavy Cream
50 g Icing Sugar

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Instructions:

Cupcakes:

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

Sift dry ingredients except sugar together. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Once melted, 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 beat until mixture is light and fluffy.
Add vanilla extract and coffee. Mix until well combined.
Add flour mixture and continue to beat until well combined.Do not overbeat.
Add cream and mix well.
Using a spatula, fold in the melted chocolate.

Spoon batter into cupcake liners until three-quarters full. Bake for 20 minutes.

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 1 :

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.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 1

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 1

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

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 2:

Beat the cream cheese, vanilla essence and heavy cream together. Sift icing sugar and cocoa powder over it and beat until well combined.
Using a piping bag pipe the cooled cupcakes or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 2

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting 2

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Bon Apetit!

Bon Apetit!

PS: Did you notice that the frosting is definitely way more better at presentation than my previous posts. I followed Marina’s (from City-Cupcakes) advise and got pretty looking swirls. 🙂

 

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………..

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 :

Cupcakes

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!