Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Salted caramel and chocolate can’t get any better can it? Combine these two in any desserts and voila… You get these.

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They are very simple to make too. Just get your favourite chocolate cupcake, fill it with home made salted caramel, and top it off with any chocolate frosting that you like eg. chocolate cream cheese, chocolate buttercream, or even the simplest, chocolate whipped cream. Oh, I forgot the important part, salted caramel drizzle. Definitely makes your sweet dessert look extra decadent.

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This is my own version of salted caramel chocolate cupcakes recipe. Do try it out and give me feedbacks (: 100% foolproof, except for the caramel part which is a bit tricky.

 

Chocolate Cupcake

Yields 12 cupcakes, or around 350g to 400g of cake

1 cup all purpose flour

2 tbsp corn flour (corn starch)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

6 tbsp cocoa powder

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup hot coffee

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F/163C.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, corn flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, mix together sugar, coffee, milk and vegetable oil.
  4. Fold in your flour mixture in 3 portions.
  5. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 19-21 minutes depending on oven.*

*Because my oven goes haywire at times, I usually do the toothpick test at the 19th minute, and if it is not done, I’ll try again after a minute or so.

Salted Caramel

Makes about 3 mason jars worth

2 cup white sugar

170g unsalted butter*

1 cup heavy cream

All items above have to be strictly at room temperature.

Directions:

  1. Heat the sugar in a pot over low fire to dissolve it.
  2. Once dissolved, it should turn amber colour, and it should smell toasted. A bit darker is fine as long as it does not smell burnt.
  3. Mix in the butter. The melted butter will actually remain on the surface of the caramel but that is fine. Just try your best.
  4. After all butter is melted, add in heavy cream. This time you must make sure that you mix them evenly.
  5. Usually at this point, I’ll continue boiling the caramel for about 2-3 mins so that it can thicken up. However boiling time varies, so.. this is the tricky part. The best is to get a candy thermometer and remove the pot from heat when temperature reaches 350F.
  6. After removing pot from heat, sprinkle in 1 tbsp of salt at a time, and taste test it until you are satisfied with the flavour. I added about 4 tbsp of salt.

Chocolate Whipped Cream

Yields just enough for 12 cupcakes

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (cold)

6 tbsp icing sugar

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp cocoa powder

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and using an electric mixer, whisk on high speed until cream form stiff peaks.

 

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Recipe: Crunchy CNY Cashew Nut Cookies

I’m actually having a fever while writing this, yes I know, I need to rest, but I can’t sleep. To compensate, I am drinking loads of water to pee out all the toxic in my body (mommy’s logic). Having a fever and being soooo tired but not able to sleep is the worst feeling ever. Your body wants to rest but your mind refuses to shut down. Why? Because I cannot wait to share this recipe with everyone hehe. Here goes…

Chinese new year is around the corner yayyyy! This year it will fall on the 31 of January 2014, which is less than a month away. For this year, I have decided to bake CNY goodies and sell them. It’s actually my first time baking them, because everyone says they are very time consuming to make. However, not all goodies are time consuming to make. The famous ones are, such as kueh bangkit (my all time favourite), pineapple tarts (if you are talking about making your own pineapple paste), and the famous kueh lapis. The 2 goodies that I baked were cashew nut cookies and peanut cookies, and they were very good for a first timer like me. Maybe because I cooked the nuts at home instead of buying those pre packaged roasted ones, thus the fragrance is kind of fresh? Enough of all the talking, here is the recipe for the cashew nut cookies that I made.

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photoshop-ing skills becoming better and better LOL

Cashew Nut cookies

adapted from NomsIMust

  • 250g all purpose flour
  • 60g corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 210g unsalted butter
  • 110g powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g + 70g roasted cashew nuts*
  • 1 egg (for eggwash)

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor, process 150g of cashew nuts until they become fine crumbs.
  2. Mix the fine crumbs with both flours, baking powder and salt. Set the bowl aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, ream butter and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Add in egg yolk and vanilla extract, mix well.
  5. Incorporate dry mixture in 3 portions.
  6. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 40 mins.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  8. Crack an egg and stir well for eggwash.
  9. Weigh out 11g for each ball, and using the leftover 70g of cashew nuts, place 1 cashew nut on each ball.
  10. After applying egg wash on it with a brush, bake for 15-16 mins or until golden brown on top.

*If you bought raw cashew nuts, stir fry it over low fire on a wok for about 1/2 an hour or until it becomes brown in colour. Also, gradually add in oil to the wok every 10-15 mins.

Recipe: Christmas Log Cake (chocolate swiss roll+chocolate whipped cream+chocolate ganache)

When Christmas was around the corner, I got an order from my friend to make a Christmas log cake for her company’s Christmas feast. So I got this recipe from woodlandbakeryblog.com and made a few changes to it. For more visual information, please go to the website and take a look at the video. It was a tedious 4 part process, and if you are looking for shortcuts, just skip the ganache part :P I got these christmas toppers at Sunlik Trading, which was quite costly, but worth it as I couldn’t find them elsewhere.

Overall, it was a good cake. Who could resist a swiss roll? Soft, moist and sweet. The combination of cream and ganache was a great one too, not too sweet, and it has a full blast of chocolate flavour. Definitely worth a try!

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Christmas Log Cake Recipe

Chocolate Roulade

  • 7 egg yolks (126g)
  • 1/2 cup + 2tbsp white sugar
  • 7 egg whites (210g)
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 60g cake flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whisk egg yolks while gradually adding sugar, until ribbon stage*. Set aside.
  3. In another clean bowl using clean whisks, whisk egg whites until frothy, then gradually add 2 tbsp of sugar.
  4. Continue whisking until egg whites form medium peaks. DO NOT over mix them.
  5. Fold in egg whites into egg yolk mixture gently. Be careful not to deflate too much air. A few white streaks left is fine as you still have to mix in your dry ingredients.
  6. Sift in cake flour and cocoa powder, mix well.
  7. Bake in a 12×18 inch pan for about 12-15 minutes.

*Ribbon stage means that when you lift your electric mixer up, the mixture runs back into the bowl like a ribbon. And if you make an ‘8’ pattern on the bowl, it takes about few seconds before the mixture disappears into the bowl. Also, the mixture must be really thick, and very pale yellow in colour.

Simple Syrup

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Over low fire, boil sugar + water for about 5 mins, or until temperature of liquid has reached 230F. The colour will be pale yellow like diluted honey.

Chocolate Whipped Cream (adapted from joyofbaking.com)

  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Prepare heavy whipping cream in a clean bowl.
  2. Sift in sugar and cocoa powder.
  3. Using and electric mixer, beat until it achieves firm peaks.

Chocolate Ganache

  • 175g semisweet chocolate chips (I use Hersheys)
  • 355ml heavy whipping cream

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, bring the cream to a boil, and pour over the bowl of chocolate chips.
  2. Let it sit for about 5 minutes before stirring it well.

Assembling the cake

  1. When chocolate roulade is cooled, brush a layer of simple syrup over the surface. Then spread a thin layer of whipped cream over.
  2. Roll it gently and tightly into a swiss roll.
  3. Cut away the sides, and into 3 parts. 1 long, 2 short (slanted on one side).
  4. Assemble the shape accordingly, and apply a crumb coat to it. Place it in the freezer for about 1/2 hour.
  5. Once ready, pour chocolate ganache over assembled cake until fully covered.
  6. Using a fork, create the bark texture.