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Friday, February 22, 2008

Excellent news!

SS managed to grab photos of the Red Velvet Minis before they were devoured. See Flickr for details (sidebar!)

#8 Ghetto Cupcakes / #9 FlufferNutter

Two posts in one, cos I forgot to post about Ghetto Cupcakes. We have themed lunches on Friday and last week was 'Ghetto Day' - where we eat KD, raw hot dogs, and other stuff that is terrible for you. We all felt gross afterward.

For Ghetto Day, I made Ghetto Cupcakes - Rainbow Flavoured cupcakes from a BOX, with icing from a CAN. They were awful.

FlufferNutter, though, which is this week's cake - amazing! So peanut buttery! A FlufferNutter is a sandwich made of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. It is very sweet, but I like it. Shiv introduced the idea when I was trying to come up with my 52 flavours.

Peanut Butter Cake Bit
Makes a LOT. (c.40 cakes)

2 c. sugar
3/4 c. margarine
1 1/4 c. peanut butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups soy milk
1 t. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 t. baking soda
2 t. cream of tartar
1 pinch salt

Mix together sugar and margarine and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.
Mix together flour, tartar, soda, salt.
Add Flour & milk to butter, alternatingly. End with flour.

Bake 18 minutes or so at 350.

Marshmallow Frosting

1 container Marshmallow fluff
1/4 c. or so of Margarine
2+ c. icing sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 t. soy milk

Whip together all ingredients. Add more/less icing sugar depending on the consistency.

Top with chopped peanuts. Mmmm, peanuts.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

#7 - Update

Haha!! I just went to the kitchen to get a cupcake to take pictures of and there are NONE LEFT.

Long live Red Velvet Minis!

#7: Red Velvet Minis

It's Valentine's day! I was completely sick last week so I didn't make cupcakes so as to not infect my coworkers. They probably wouldn't appreciate Disease Flavour all that much anyway.

In honour of VD, and because three separate people sent me links to Red Velvet cakes, (subtle hints) I made some. I don't like red velvet cake. The last time I had it, all I could taste was food colouring, which is not a pleasant taste. I did some looking, and they actually sell red colour with 'no flavour' which tells me normal red colour has a flavour, so at least it's not in my mind. (Who would buy red colour with food colouring flavour if they know there's a non-flavoured version available?)

All in all, these came out really good. They have that nutty red velvet flavour, but almost no colouring flavour, and they're a really RED red, which I'm pleased with. I topped them wit chocolate instead of white, cos the chocolate was already made, and it really goes well with the slight chocolateyness of the cake. Two thumbs up from me.

(makes 36 teeny cupcakes)

1 c. heavy cream (all I had, probably better to use milk, soy milk, or something that's not whipping cream!)
1 tsp raspberry balsamic vinegar (again, all I had, probably best to use apple cider!)
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp. cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c. oil (I used olive, use whatever)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 c. cake flour
3/4 c. sugar
An entire thing of red food colouring

Add vinegar to cream, allow to curdle.
I just tossed the rest of the ingredients in the mixer kindof willy nilly. It was late, I was tired.

Chocolate Ganache *Left over from Wasabi Cakes and frozen.

1c. heavy cream
9.7 oz. dark chocolate
1/2 c. sugar
bit of butter
bit of vanilla extract

Boil cream, pour over chocolate, melt together. Add sugar, add butter, add vanilla. Cool completely before using as icing.