Cakes n bakes

Super moist chocolate cupcake with buttercream frosting

As a mom of two kids my mind and heart always leans towards homemade cooking, not that we don’t eat out but my first preference goes to home cooked meal. When my kids ask for something I ask myself if I can do it at home before buying and this is one such thing I love to do! I not only get the satisfaction of knowing what goes inside it but when my kids show a thumbs up and gives a big tight hug all my efforts are worthwhile 😊

These cupcakes are so moist and tender that you can’t just eat one! Since oil and buttermilk is used, cupcake remains moist for 4-5 days at room temperature covered.

Chocolate Cupcake

Ingredients

3/4 cup -all-purpose flour

1/2 cup – unsweetened natural cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon- baking powder

1/2 teaspoon -baking soda

1/4 teaspoon -salt

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 cup – granulated sugar

1/2 cup – packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup -vegetable or canola oil/ any flavorless oil

2 teaspoons – pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup – buttermilk, at room temperature

Frosting: chocolate buttercream

Ingredients

1 cup – unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

2 and 1/2 cups- confectioners’ sugar. I personally prefer less sugar. You can add another cup depending on your sweet tooth.

1/2 cup -unsweetened natural or dutch-process cocoa powder

2-3 Tablespoons- heavy cream or milk

1/4 teaspoon– salt

2 teaspoons -pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Line a second pan with 3 to 4 liners – this recipe makes about 15-16 cupcakes. Set aside.

Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk or beat the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until completely smooth. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then half of the buttermilk. Gently whisk for a few seconds. Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk. Stir until just combined; do not overmix. The batter will be thin.

Pour or spoon the batter into the liners. Fill only halfway to avoid spilling over the sides or sinking.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream or milk, salt, and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to high speed and beat for 1 full minute. Add 1/4 cup more confectioners’ sugar or cocoa powder if frosting is too thin or another Tablespoon of cream if frosting is too thick.

I have used a 1mm star pipette to decorate my cupcakes!

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Carrot Cake

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Carrot Cake

I guess we really need no reason to bake such cakes.. Carrot cake being one of our favorites, I bake this every time with a little twist to satisfy my husband a little more, he prefers cakes and frosting with less sugar than overdosing it with sweetness. This recipe has a wonderful balance between sweet and fluffiness and leaves you with a great taste wanting you to have more.

I have always tried carrot cake with cream cheese frosting which I feel is the ultimate combination. But today I did frost the cake with regular confectioner’s frosting as I had some left over kept in the refrigerator and this did not disappoint my husband at all!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

All purpose flour- 2 cups (sifted)

Light/dark brown sugar- 1 cup

Vegetable oil- 3/4 cup

Yogurt- 1/4 cup

Large eggs- 3

Baking soda- 1 tsp

Cinnamon powder- 1 tsp

Nutmeg-1/4 tsp

Vanilla extract- 2tsp

Salt- 1/4 tsp

Grated carrot- 2 cups

Chopped walnut/ pecan- 3/4 cup+1/2 cup for decorating

Confectioner’s frosting:

confectioner’s sugar/ Icing sugar- 4 cups (sifted)

Unsalted butter- 1 cup

Vanilla extract -1 tsp

milk-2 to 4 tbsp

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350degree F. Spray a 9 inch pan with cooking spray. In a bowl of your electric mixer or stand mixer combine sugar and oil, beat in the yogurt until fully combined on medium speed. Add in the eggs and mix well after each addition and set aside.

In another bowl combine all the dry ingredients ie flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Now with a spatula mix the dry ingredients slowly into the wet ingredients until just combined. Add the grated carrot and walnut/pecan pieces, give it a quick stir. Do not over mix the batter. Pour it into the greased pan.

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Bake for 32-38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to completely cool before frosting.

Frosting:

In a bowl of your electric mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, mix in the vanilla extract. Slowly add the sifted sugar and beat in the sugar completely. Add around 2 tbsp of milk, scrape down the sides and mix well. On high-speed beat the mixture until smooth and fluffy. Add in a tablespoon of milk or sugar to get the right consistency ,if needed (the frosting should be of dropping consistency).

Frosting the cake:

Once the cake is completely cooled, add the frosting on top of the cake and spread it evenly over the cake, you can frost the cake completely, I just limited myself to the top of the cake. Decorate with chopped walnut/pecan pieces as you wish!

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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