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Day 55 – Sticky Toffee Vanilla Cupcakes

24 Sep

It’s finally time to dig in to Fall.  The weather, at least here in New York, is beautiful!  So, what better way to jump in than these Sticky Toffee Vanilla Cupcakes (recipe below from Aninas Recipes)?

Vanilla-Cupcakes     Mini Vanilla-Cupcakes

The cake is spongy and dense.  It’s kinda like an egg-y pound cake or a butter cake.

Sticky-Toffee

(Since you have to glaze the cakes with it so fast, I couldn’t get a “pretty” picture.  Sorry…)

The glaze is creamy, but hardens fairly quickly.  (I never got it quite as golden as the recipe’s page, but it was the right consistency and I didn’t want it to thicken.  Trust me, the flavor did not suffer.)  It tastes like a caramel toffee.  Legit toffee flavor.   And, bonus, it’s not any more time-consuming to make than a regular buttercream, which is nice.  (PS my hubby wanted to take the leftover frosting and dip apples in it.  Seriously.  It’s that tasty.)

Sticky-Toffee-Vanilla-Cupca     Mini-Sticky-Toffee-Cupcake

This cupcake tastes exactly like Caramel Kettle Corn.  No joke!  If you like caramel corn, you’ll love this one!  The cake is exactly what the frosting needs so that it’s not too sweet of a combination, but also not bitter.  It makes me want to curl up and watch Halloween movies.  That might be strange, but I don’t care.

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 2.5

– Frosting Taste: 5

– Overall Taste: 4

– Appearance: 3

– Ease of Making: 3.5

– TOTAL: 18

RECIPE (from Aninas Recipes)

For the cake:

  • ¾ cups of milk
  • ½ cup of sunflower oil
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt

For the sticky toffee topping:

  • 125 gr butter
  • 1 ½  cups of brown sugar
  • ½ tin of sweetened condensed milk.
  • 5 ml vanilla essence

For directions visit Aninas Recipes.

*Tomorrow: Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting*

Day 30 – Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

30 Aug

Okay!  I wanna bring it back down to the basics for the end of the month!  We’ve had some fun ones, wild ones, odd ones.  Let’s end with simple and understandable, shall we?.  And these Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream (recipe below from Cucina Nicolina) seem like the ticket.

Vanilla Cupcake     Mini Vanilla Cupcake

The cake is almost wet, very moist.  Sticks to the fingers.  It’s a lot like a yellow box cake.  Not amazing, but not bad.  There’s a bit of a weird taste at the first bite, but it fades…

Chocolate Buttercream

The frosting is extremely smooth and silky.  It’s definitely a frosting spatula buttercream and not a piping one.  Nice, even chocolate flavor.  Semisweet is a good choice – not too milky, not too dark.

Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream     Mini Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream

Balance is ok.  It’s mostly about the buttercream.  The cake almost feels insubstantial – like it’s not even there.

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 3

– Frosting Taste: 4

– Overall Taste: 3

– Appearance: 3

– Ease of Making: 3.5

– TOTAL: 16.5

RECIPE

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream (recipe from Cucina Nicolina)

Vanilla Cupcakes

6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup milk

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

4 oz. unsweetened (or bittersweet) chocolate, chopped
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
2-3 Tbs. [soy] milk, plus more, if needed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt

For directions visit Cucina Nicolina.

*Tomorrow: Sour Cream Vanilla Cupcakes*

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