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Tomorrow's Pique's birthday (and Shakira's too) so in order to celebrate, I baked a ~Couples~ cupcakes. That's not the only reason though.


Here's a list of why I decided to make them:
  1. Today was February 1st -- start the month doing something you love is always good, no?
  2. Tomorrow's Pique's birthday
  3. We have Valencia away tonight. If we lose/draw I get to eat the cupcakes and drown my tears in it. If we win it'll be my reward. Win-win solution.
  4. It's February! Valentine's Day is in 2 weeks, so maybe I'll start practising. Who knows Thiago saw my cupcake and want to be my Val-
  5. I was really craving for cupcakes.
Ok, here we gooooooo


Couples Cupcakes
(Dark chocolate rum cupcakes with buttercream icing)
For the cakes:
Ingredients:
  1. - 1 cup buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk use 1 tablespoon of white vinegar + almost-full 1 cup of milk)
  2. - 1 ½ cups + 2 tablespoons cake flour (cake flour yields softer, springier cakes, if you want your cake a bit dense mix with all-purpose flour)
  3. - ½ cup fine quality dark cocoa
  4. - 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. - ½ teaspoon baking soda
  6. - 1 cup sugar
  7. - 1 stick (½ cup) butter
  8. - 2 eggs
  9. - 4 tablespoons rum extract (you can use more depend on the quality of your dark cocoa, I used about 6 tbsp)

Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 165°C (325°F).
  2. Cream the butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time, then add in the rum extract, set aside.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda in a small bowl,
  4. Add half the flour mixture into the butter/sugar/eggs mixture, mix well
  5. Add the buttermilk
  6. Add the rest of the flour mixture
  7. Pour the batter into a cupcake tin, lined with papers, and bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Cool completely.
For the butterceram frosting:
Ingredients
  1. 140g/5oz butter, softened
  2. 280g/10oz icing sugar
  3. 1-2 tbsp milk
  4. a few drops food colouring
Instructions
  1. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.

  2. Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

  3. Add the food colouring and mix until well combined.

  4. Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing using a spiralling motio onto the cup cakes in a large swirl.

PS: I got this from BBC Foods and when I first tried it it was a bit too sweet for me so I used less sugar. The alternative is to add juice and zest from 1 lemon and 1 tsp of vanilla extract so it becomes a lemon buttercream, which is yummy too.

In addition to the frosting I also made a bit of silly decorations using some fondant, and it's easy. Just buy a prepared fondant from the store, add some food colouring and make the shapes yourself using a cookie cutter, toothpick, or, if you're desperate, your bare hands.
HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY PIQUE!

ps: share your recipes / food porn SPAM

Comments

( 26 comments — Speak )
asdfg
Feb. 1st, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
sorry i suck at decorating cos i have ten thumbs and i cba to get the cookie cutter from my brother's house :|

Edited at 2012-02-01 02:38 pm (UTC)
wannabeinsicily
Feb. 1st, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
these look so delish i wish i could eat one except my stomach still hates me fml
elizaberglund
Feb. 1st, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
Cutest stuff! Twit them to Pique!
julialonso
Feb. 1st, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)


Taking note so someday I'll be able to bake some lovely cupcakes like yours.
asdfg
Feb. 1st, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
that is the cutest gif
kitty69lover
Feb. 1st, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
adorable :DD

they look so yummy too.
holaascensor
Feb. 1st, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
they're so cute! did they turn out to taste okay?

here are some I have made recently:

chocolate with orange frosting, for Halloween.



mini upside down pineapple.



red velvet with cream cheese frosting, filled with a chocolate ganache.



and my famous squad cupcakes. yellow cake dyed red and blue, with dyed butter cream.

bluebanter12
Feb. 1st, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Your squad cupcakes! Perfection!
holaascensor
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
they're a little messy :3 my friend and I had to do them in a hurry.

thank you <3

Edited at 2012-02-01 04:16 pm (UTC)
icanseenow
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
OMG, I'll have to make them for my boyfriend!
flywoman
Feb. 1st, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
The red velvet with chocolate ganache sound so delicious, but the squad cupcakes are adorable!
asdfg
Feb. 2nd, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
I love your squad cupcakes!! I tried to make mine blaugrana but apparently i bought the wrong shade so it didn't work out :(
bluebanter12
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)


Just wanted to share with y'all! My friend and I run a small home-based cupcake business here in Manila.

L-R: triple chocolate, red velvet, vanilla caramel, carrot, chocolate peanut butter, banana walnut


holaascensor
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
the banana walnut needs to get in my mouth.
bluebanter12
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
It's topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. SO GOOD. It's one of our best sellers.
holaascensor
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
omggggggggggggggggggg.
asdfg
Feb. 2nd, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
WAAAAT THOSE LOOK NICE

I feel so amateur now.
icanseenow
Feb. 1st, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)

Recipe for Marzipan cookies.


Spinach quiche, yum yum yum...


Vanilla Cupcakes


I have no recipe, I made it up and it was so good.


swedish cinnamon buns.


watermelon slushie


Vegan fastfood and my boyfriend (or it has hands..), probably talking about why Xavi is God.







They are all vegan, but you are not going to die from them if you are an omnivore either :P



sugarholic22
Feb. 1st, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Ohhh gosh the macaroni look so delicious!
I'm going to try to make the marzipan cookies or the vanilla cupcakes tomorrow, can't make up my mind, I wanna eat everything you posted haha
asdfg
Feb. 2nd, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
I am going to try the marzipan recipe next week. Ill let you know how it turns out!
tazuma
Feb. 1st, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
while we're at sharing om nom noms, this was my birthday cake I got from my fam last week



WALNUT DOUGH, DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CREAM, MARZIPAN, FCB.

PURE HEAVEN, I'M TELLING YOU
flywoman
Feb. 1st, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Wow... can we trade families?
asdfg
Feb. 2nd, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Awesome cake. You must have felt like a champ :P
sugarholic22
Feb. 1st, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
woow you guys are amazing! Best thing I've cooked so far are simple & traditional cakes and muffins (well, actually with several layers of Nutella! hahaha) and frankfurt sausages wrapped in puff pastry.
But my dad got a really awesomme cake for his 50th bday!! @Barcastuff retwitted it some time ago so you may have already seen it...



sugarholic22
Feb. 1st, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
I forgot to say how adorable the cupcakes are!
I LOVE them (:
asdfg
Feb. 2nd, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
aww that's cute

my dad's a madridista so no cake for him in any form tbh
( 26 comments — Speak )

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