One failed horribly but let's just ignore that because I've removed it from the index already.
Can you believe it?
That just goes to show how much I love cupcakes. I think they're only second to layered cakes in my charts.
How can I not love cupcakes? They're like teensy tiny little layered cakes, just unlayered. But they do have the soft, moist cake. They do have the creamy, silky frosting. And if I'm feeling fancy, I add some crumbs or crunch for texture too! What's not to love?
Except, perhaps, that frosting always gets on my nose. Especially when it's piped this high.
But that's all part of the fun, no?
These cupcakes were made specially for Teachers' Day, which was held on the 6th of September in Singapore. These cupcakes were made specially for some dearly beloved teachers of mine.
My judo teachers-in-charge
My previous judo teacher-in-charge
My biology teacher
My chinese teachers and form teacher for 2012
And my math teacher
As for the rest of them... shush, no one needs to know. But to be honest, I really do appreciate all of them. It just that I didn't turn out enough cupcakes for all of them :/
So why this flavour? I asked Mrs Huang one day, what does she like? Her reply was cute.
What kind of question is that? I like shoes. I like bags. I like food. I like money.
So I said, I mean, what flavours do you like?
Dark chocolate. But I really like white chocolate too.
I considered swirling a dark chocolate batter with a white chocolate batter, but I remembered how that turned out last time. The whole thing turned into a milk chocolate brownie. Not very nice. I don't like milk chocolate.
So I separated the two. And trust me, that was the best decision.
The cupcake isn't one bit sweet. It's a brilliantly pleasant bitter that complements the sweet white chocolate frosting perfectly. Now, I hate to describe food this way because it makes me sound like a social commentary (or food commentary) but how else do I tell you? I wouldn't want to go in circles because this flavour demands to be shouted out and declared to the world.
You get it, right?
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vinegar
*or skip the milk and vinegar and use buttermilk instead
60g dark chocolate, chopped (I used 73% dark chocolate)
45g unsweetened cocoa powder
95g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
100g granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Mix milk and vinegar and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
*If using buttermilk, skip this step.
2. Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler, stirring till smooth.
3. Sift together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
4. Whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.
5. Pour the melted chocolate and butter into the egg mixture and whisk till combined.
6. Fold in half the flour mixture.
7. Stir in half the milk mixture.
8. Fold in the rest of the flour mixture.
9. Stir in the rest of the milk mixture.
10. Spoon into 10 cupcake liners.
11. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 17-19 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
12. Cool completely before frosting.
Note: before frosting the cupcakes, you may wish to slice off the done for a more even surface. But that is entirely up to personal preference.
White Chocolate Buttercream
enough to frost 10 cupcakes
170g white chocolate
*DO NOT use fake white chocolate chips. Ensure that the white chocolate you're using contains cocoa butter and is real white chocolate.
230g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp fine salt
more icing sugar, as needed
lemon juice, if needed
1. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler and leave to cool.
2. Cream butter and icing sugar till white and fluffy.
3. Beat in the vanilla extract and salt.
4. Beat in the melted white chocolate.
5. If the frosting seems too watery, add more icing sugar till it reaches the desired consistency. If the additional icing sugar makes it too sweet, add a squeeze of lemon juice.
6. Frost cupcakes.
To achieve the look above, I used a large open star tip.
Adapted from: Sally's Baking Addiction's Chocolate White Chocolate Cupcakes