Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Peanut butter Cupcakes


Now that I am bit by the baking bug :) I am constantly in the Baking mode. The urge to bake something every time I look at my electric mixer and the oven.

I feel it is so De stressing and hope its just a start for an amateur Baker like me. In this feeling of "lets bake something today" the question was "what???" pondering over it for some time and a glance at my kitchen...

my mind replied "Peanut Butter" and I was similing .Being a peanut butter lover (along with my husband). I had some Homemade peanut butter (will share the recipe soon) left with me.


Was wondering how do I use it other than  using it as spread and just eating it from the jar. I was thinking can I make cupcakes and there I was ready to give it a try and all the ingredients ready with me


Got started!!!
 
 I thought of using the same batter I use for the normal vanilla cupcakes just that I used only half the amount of butter I use and for the remaining half substituted it with Peanut butter.
 
I quite liked it how the results were so thought of sharing the recipe with all of you. Hope you too love them

The recipe will yield 12 cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:

1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
190 gms brown sugar (a little less than 1 cup)
2 large eggs
1 tsp Vanilla essence or extract
120 gms of Flour ( little less than a cup)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk

Preheat your oven to 180 deg C that is a 350 deg F

Method:
Sieve the flour along with the baking powder and salt. keep it aside.
Take a mixing bowl and using a hand mixer cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add in the peanut butter and whisk it well too. Now add the eggs, one egg at a time and beating it well between each addition. add in the vanilla essence/ extract and whisk. Add in a third of the flour and mix it using a spatula or a wired whisk. Then add in a third of the milk and mix.Do this until all of the flour and milk is incorporated well.But do not over mix. Carefully put the mixture in the liner using an ice cream scoop or two spoon method. Each liner not to be filled more than 2/3rd . Bake it for 18-20 mins.

NOTE:

You can serve it with its popular accompaniment Jelly / Jam which is filled inside the cupcake or Peanut butter Frosting it is a good choice if you simply simply love peanut butter.

 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache



This cake was made in my initial days of baking.The ganache has not been covered on the sides properly excuse me for that. May be it is not very appealing but still this cake is special to me, saying it  *with a twinkle in the eye* :)

 
                 A Chocolate cake with Chocolate Ganache topped with Whipped Cream


This is a simple Chocolate cake with two layers. Filled with chocolate whipped cream.The outside of the cake is glazed with chocolate ganache.Dark chocolate I used Cadbury Bournville.It has a good taste and is easily available too.The center of the cake is decorated with small shards of white chocolate and dark chocolate.For piping I used the normal shell nozzle.

How Baking chose me


Since my school days I always loved cooking.Trying out new recipes quite often. After wedding things changed for good. my darling husband who too loves food used to enjoy something new that came out of the kitchen. That made me feel Amazing...

The only encounter with baking I had in the school days was when my mother along with my teacher (Annie Teacher) used to bake scrumptious coconut cakes. Awwhh I am missing  those. Back then I wondered can I ever bake a cake :)

After marriage we got a convection oven and my first try at baking a cake was complete disaster :(

I didn't know anything about the oven temperature and the result was a vanilla flavoured partially cooked pudding . That was quite disappointing, but it encouraged me to read a lot about baking in microwave. Seeing my interest for baking my husband got me an electric mixer (That was a boon).Finally the day came when I baked a cake n it turned out just Perfect. My happiness knew no bounds. Ahhh and now i can say that yes I am a baker :)

Every time I bake it makes me wanting to bake more. One thing that I am proud and thank my Almighty for is I learnt by making mistakes. If anything goes wrong I would tell myself I will do it again and it will be perfect next time and one day it turned PERFECT :)

Baking satisfies the creative instinct in me.  I would love to share with you all my adventures in the kitchen :)  The new recipes that I try and the results.

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