Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
For my next cupcake, I wanted to bake a simple cupcake using some ingredients I already had in my pantry. One being baking cocoa. I decided I would bake a chocolate cupcake with chocolate butter-cream frosting. I found a recipe on a google search called "best chocolate cupcakes ever". When I try a new recipe I usually half the recipe because if the recipe doesn't work I didn't waste that much. I don't know if I didn't half the recipe right or if it was just a bad recipe. My cupcakes came out of the oven unpopped and they looked overdone. I attempted to redeem them by trying to make an awesome (keyword attempted) chocolate butter-cream frosting. Hoping they would be at least halfway edible so that my efforts were not all in vain. Unfortunately the chocolate butter-cream frosting recipe I chose which called for baking cocoa made the frosting taste like a cocoa chalky frosting. Unfortunately this batch only made it to the trash can. But I thought it took a nice picture.
I don't know if I had a cupcake troll in my kitchen to sabotage all my baking or what today but after my chocolate fiasco, I thought I would go the opposite direction and bake a batch of vanilla cupcakes. Again, I found another recipe on google that said "the best vanilla recipe" again the cupcakes did not pop up and this time they looked under baked. After a long day and two messed up batches I figured today was just not my baking day and called it a night.
My first cupcake! Not really my first cupcake ever but my first blogging cupcake. I chose Tony's two favorite flavors, Pineapple and Coconut. I was just "OK" with the flavor of the pineapple cupcake. I think it needed to have more of a "wow" pineapple flavor. However, it was SO moist I didn't really mind the light pineapple flavor. I used a Dominican pineapple cake recipe. The coconut frosting had that "wow" flavor I was looking for. I toasted my own coconut in a frying pan on the stove. I think I had the flames up too high because I burned 2 batches before I had something that looked edible. I am a baking perfectionist so on a scale of 1-5 I give this cupcake a 4 for cupcake and a 5 for the coconut butter-cream frosting. Tony said the frosting was too sweet but he says everything is too sweet and since it's MY cupcake, I say it's perfect! On to my next cupcake creation!