Sunday, April 10, 2011

HA4: Lemon Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Green Tea White Chocolate Buttercream

The crumb and texture of this cupcake is awesome!!! I have never baked cakes with coconut milk before, but the richness of the coconut milk definitely shows in the cupcakes. I love it. However, it is not lemony enough to my liking. I think I am going to try to brush them with lemon syrup next time. I got the recipe from Love and Olive Oil, and modified the recipe to my elevation (@6200) by reducing the leavening by 1/4 and baked at a higher temperature.

The buttercream is a white chocolate buttercream with Mocha powder (Green tea powder) added to achieve that green mossy color. Yeah I needed a green mossy color icing without using food coloring.

The two components are great on their own, but I am not sure if they work well together.....Need to think about this a little more :)

Btw, I love those little cake topper :). They are made out of modeling chocolate. I needed to figure out some type of cake topper. I didn't want to use fondant or gum paste cause they are not very tasty. I love it....they are so cute :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

HA3: Caramelized Pineapple Vanilla Cupcakes with Pomegranate Buttercream

One of my favorite so far! I always love fruit cupcakes, not too sweet with a fruity tang. I had some pineapple and a big bottle of pomegranate juice in my fridge. I have been looking for a good vanilla based cupcake recipe for my HA project, and found this one from Love and Olive Oil. The tangyness from the pomegranate juice and the sweetness of the caramelized pineapples really go great with each other!!!

I just added 1/2 cup of caramelized pineapple (No sugar added or anything, just chop up the pineapple and caramelized it over the stove top).....And replaced the milk/cream in the icing with pomegranate juice.

Still need to practice my piping skill before July!