I can’t wait until I look back at these old posts when I’m famous and think “man, look how shitty my writing and photography is.”
So recently a friend of mine finally finished basic training, so I took it as an excuse to make the cheesiest cupcakes ever. Here is a photo of the one I made for him. Note the army colours, and the princess theme.
These are super simple,
Also, this is sort of about failure. I made 3 different icings for these. I also couldn’t figure out a filling. So these are SUPER basic cupcakes; they just used A LOT of dishes. (thank god for kitchen help AKA my roommate!)
First thing, Here’s the recipe for my chocolate cake, I halved the recipe (all the measurements are in the second sticky note in the photo, if you don’t feel like doing the math.)
Chocolate Cake – my only recipe.
Whisk (or sift, if you like to do that) – 2 c sugar
1 3/4 c flour
3/4 c cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
add and beat until smooth – 2 eggs
1 c buttermilk
1/2 c melted margerine or butter
1 tbs vanilla
add 1 cup HOT coffee, beat until smooth (add it slowly at first).
Bake in whatever pan you’d like until toothpick comes out clean. It makes about 24 cupcakes.
For Erik’s cupcakes I made again, my Basic White Cake, and 1/2 recipe of my Chocolate cake.
I coloured half of the white cake with green food colouring gel.
I then globbed spoonfulls in random orders and amounts into my cucpcake pans (with princess paper of course).
This is when the whole filling/icing fiasco started.
First I wanted to make avocado icing, because it sounded possible, also green. So I googled and did as i usually do of not following any recipes after reading about 5.
Avocada icing did not work. Neither did yogurt chip ganache. (that one i wasn’t as hopeful for.)
What did end up working was basic ganache, it’s dark chocolate. I used coconut milk, because i didn’t have cream, but ganache is a simple ratio. The one i used was:
1 part cream (or coconut milk) – heated to just before boiling, usually i use the microwave, but stove works too)
2 parts chocolate – put chocolate chips or chunks in bowl, pour hot cream over top, let stand until somewhat melted and then mix with electric mixer until smooth.
When cupcakes were cooled and ganache looked ready, i just rolled the tops in it and then let them set.
I also stuck the princess toothpicks in, and added some peanut M&M’s to some.