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Traditional chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting + decorating practice

Like I said in my last post, I’ve been wanting to switch up my cupcake decorating and experiment with some new icing designs. One design I’ve had my eye on for a while is this one that I found on the blog i am baker. Because I was more intent on experimenting with a new icing design than trying out new flavours, I decided to go back to my traditional chocolate cupcake and vanilla frosting recipes. This is actually, finally, for real my last baking post before the move. I’ll be packing up my kitchen tonight -_- 

I followed the decorating technique as described on the blog above, using #103 and #102 tips for the different colours. Getting the different shades of blue was easy – simply add a small amount of colouring gel to the icing, mix, load half the icing into a piping bag, add another small amount of colouring, mix, add the remaining icing into a second piping bag. Making this design is pretty simple, too, and just takes a bit of patience.

Here are the recipes I used:

Chocolate cupcakes
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3 oz melted dark chocolate
1 cup milk

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add melted chocolate. Mix dry ingredients together. Add vanilla to milk. Start with 1/3 of dry into wet, add half of the liquid, repeat. Bake at 350F for ~20 minutes.

Vanilla frosting
4 oz butter, cold + cubed
1 tbs vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
3-4 cups icing sugar
2 tbs cream

Cream butter and vanilla bean paste. Add icing sugar, mixing well. Add cream and more sugar/butter to reach the desired taste and consistency.

Moving and more to come!

Well, it’s certainly been difficult to be writing regularly having been so busy. Saskatchewan, the lake, Halifax – each required some of my attention. The good news is that with the most recent voyage, I’ve been able to secure an apartment in Halifax and the moving plans are coming along well! Yes, if you didn’t already know, Me + 1 are moving to the east coast in less than two months and I’ll be going to Dalhousie for library + info studies. Now that the major detail of the move (finding a roof to have over my head) has been taken care of, I’m hoping to get back to this space with a bit more frequency. Here’s some of what I’m planning:

  • My Morning Jacket at Ottawa’s Bluesfest (tomorrow!!)
  • Grapefruit cupcakes with Matcha tea frosting (recipe + tips)
  • Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate-orange frosting (recipe + tips)
  • Opening an Etsy shop
  • More to come…

The rose covered cake

For a while now I’ve been searching the web to find interesting blogs and baking sites. There are so many out there, but I’ve been able to zero in on several that are particularly fantastic. That said, I wanted to pass along this post from a blog I have started to follow quite closely, i am baker. I find the blog is really great for providing simple, easy to follow baking ideas and recipes, while highlighting tutorial tips that will make sure your project turns out great.

A recent post on the “rose cake tutorial” caught my eye and I decided that I had to pass it along… Here it is! This cake is absolutely stunning. I just can’t get over how professional and lovely it looks, especially considering how not-so-difficult it is to make the roses. It uses the common 1M tip, and with the right technique you’ll definitely be able to make something that is bound to impress.

Happy baking.

On a P.S. note, does anyone have any interesting baking/cooking blogs they’d like to share?!

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