Sunday, July 30, 2006

Cupcake!


One of my favourite cupcakes is the nutella cupcake from Marmalade Pantry - a sinfully rich chocolate cupcake with nutella frosting on top. But that little package doesn't come cheap, at $5 each if I'm not mistaken. I always said it would be cheaper to make them on my own, and I finally got it right today.

My first attempt at recreating the Marmalade Pantry experience was not very successful. The chocolate cupcake recipe I used from Clare Crespo's Hey There, Cupcake! book turned out salty, and it required generous slatherings of Nutella on top to make them palatable.

Then I chanced upon another recipe from S'pore blogger The Baker, who had tweaked a Donna Hay recipe to create her own Nutella frosting cupcakes. The pictures looked sufficiently tempting enough for me to have another go.

My version is slightly different - I used one less egg, slightly more salt, and less baking powder (all accidents in measurement, I might add). I also didn't have vanilla extract in my fridge, so I subsituted that with some dessert port wine, which didn't seem to do the cupcakes any harm. I have to admit, I am quite pleased with the result; the cupcakes came out with just the right consistency and texture, although I could have swirled the nutella into the batter a little better. Well, there's always next time.

If you're interested, here's how I did my cupcakes:
140 grams unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar (I used cane sugar)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups (200 grams) sifted flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
Nutella, more than half the 220g bottle!
1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
3. Stir in flour, baking bowder, salt until batter is smooth.
4. Dollop batter into muffin trays until 3/4 full.
5. Top off with Nutella (as much or as little as you want), and swirl through batter with a toothpick
6. Bake in oven at about 170 deg for 15-20 min.
7. Remove, cool on wire rack.
8. Admire, then eat!

7 comments:

PrissyCook said...

These look great. I love Nutella and I'm always looking for ways to cook with it. I made chocolate cupcakes today from Hey There, Cupcake for the first time today. Funny thing, the tops of all of them seem to peel straight off, but they're yummy anyway.

kierra said...

i'm not diet leh... cannot see too much of pictures like this.

kierra said...

whooops... i'm on diet i meant.

missy-j said...

Looks great!

Ang Gu Gu said...

i love cupcake..eeeeeeeeeeee....but i lazy make =(

Kazataza said...

i was led to your blog from thebakerwhocooks blog as you'd left a comment there on a revised receipe.

i tried the recipe and the cupcakes taste great! but a bit sweet for my sisters who don't have a sweet tooth

you can the pics of the ones i made at www.360.yahoo.com/kazataza1

JellyGirl said...

Kazataza: Hi there, glad to hear the recipe worked out for you and thanks for visiting! I will admit the cupcakes are a little sweet, but then I have a sweet tooth, so it's ok with me! Would you like to repost your URL? The one you gave doesn't seem to work!