Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Espresso chocolate cupcakes


Ingredients:
75g butter
300g flour
20g cocoa powder
1tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
130g sugar
1 large egg
100g strong coffee
150g whipping cream
few drops of vanilla essence

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175C. Line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake liners.
2. Melt the butter, add vanilla essence and let it cool.
3. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl. 
4. Lightly whip the egg together with the cream.
5. Mix coffee with butter, add all liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix until batter is smooth but liquidly.
6. Divide between cupcakes liners, filling no more than 2/3 full.
7. Bake for 17-20 mins.

Espresso chocolate cream cheese frosting:

200g dark chocolate
100g softened butter
200g icing sugar
200g cream cheese
150g cocoa powder
2tbsp espresso
few drops of vanilla essence

Method:
1. Melt the chocolate and leave to cool.
2. Whip the butter, cream cheese and icing sugar together until light and fluffy.
3. Gradually add cocoa powder and mix until smooth.
4. Add the melted chocolate and whip until well incorporate .
5. Add espresso and vanilla and mix until frosting is smooth and fluffy.




Thursday, 11 April 2013

Strawberry Sponge Cake


Hellooooo, sorry it's been a while since I updated my blog! hopefully I will keep it up to date from now on. I just made a very easy strawberry sponge cake today, hope you guys like it:D

Ingredients:
Piece of sponge cake - recipe here

Topping and filling:
400g strawberries
200ml whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla syrup

1. Cut the sponge cake into 3
2. Whip the cream until stif
3. Spread the cream onto the base of the first piece of sponge cake, put strawberries on the cream, sandwich the other sponge on top. Repeat the same step on the second piece of sponge.
4. Top with strawberries and dust some icing sugar on top if you want!
5. Done!

You can enjoy your cake straight away or chill the cake for few hours for the cream to set.