Thursday, October 11, 2007

Happy Birthday, Don

Happy birthday!!

So sad we will not be with Don for his birthday so we are celebrating the day in a very small scale, cupcake size.

Basic Chocolate Cup Cake Recipe
Make 12 cupcakes

110g butter - softened
130g castor sugar
210g flour, sifted with 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder + 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
60 ml milk + 1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoon chocolate chips (optional)

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F (180C).
2. Line a 12 cup cake pan, with cup cake papers.
3. Beat butter and suger with an electric mixer until light and creamy.
4. Add egg mixture slowly and continue beating. Add chocolate chips if use and milk.
5. Fold in flour lightly until well-mixed.
6. Divide the mixture evenly between the cake cases about (1/2 to 2/3 full of batter).
7. Bake for 18-20 minutes until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
8. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool fully before icing.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
150g butter - softened
250g icing sugar
2 tablespoon cocoa powder +2 tsp very hot water

1. Beat together the butter and sugar with an electric beater.
2. Once well combined, add the combined cocoa powder and water. Beat until smooth and creamy.
3. Use a pipping bag with a wide nozzle and let your creative juice run wild.

For the cupcakes above, I bought the chocolate cupcakes from Tong Hing Supermarket and I used the leftover cream cheese frosting from making Keshia's birthday cake. I know I cheated but was in no mood or condition to bake...regretted buying though because the cupcakes were soooo dry. Never mind, I promise to make them from scratch when Don comes home at the end of the year.

Cream cheese frosting
250g cream cheese, softened
45g icing sugar, sifted
90g butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Beat cream cheese until fluffy and light, add the rest of the ingredients and continue beating until well mixed and smooth. Add one or two tablespoon of melted chocolate if want chocolate frosting.

This frosting is to-die-for with any carrot cakes or cupcakes.


Note: Leanne here--Hi koko HAPPY BIRTHDAY hope u enjoy looking! when u get back we will make for you.


Terri @ hungerhunger said...

Happy Birthday Don!XOXO!(btw, very nice pic. a canon dslr eh, no wonder [ics so good suddenly!)

DonDon said...

THANKS MUM!!!!!! i love u

frank said...

Happy Birthday Don :-)

Many superb returns of the day.


Starr said...

Wow, so lucky u Don don...such a nice cupcake for your birthday.
Aunty, next time u teach me bake pls...i really want to learn hw to make cakes :)

Precious Pea said...

Wow...lucky Don...the cupcakes look lovely. Happy Birthday Don!

Hong Yi said...

happy birthday dondon! show us a pic of the cake u had! :D

a feast, everyday said...

Tq everyone for the wishes.
Love, Don.