Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Death by Chocolate cupcake mix - recipe

Last night I went to a 3 hour cupcake course. I was expecting that the students would be 'hands on' with some cupcake decorating. However, the students sat and watched. It was excellent!! I feel like I learnt a lot in those 3 hours. The teacher was a pastry chef with over 20 years of experience.

Up until now I've always found cupcakes to be a pain. I always end up with a huge mess when I try and spoon cupcake mixture into the patty pans. Solution: Pipe the mixture into the patty pans. You can purchase large piping bags made entirely from plastic, which don't have any stitching or seams. They are a lot more hygienic than the stitched fabric bags that you see.

Anyway... here are my notes:

Death by Chocolate cup cake mix

This is an egg-free, dairy-free chocolate cupcake recipe and the uncooked mix keeps for up to 5 weeks in an air-tight container in the 'fridge.

300ml water
150ml vegetable oil (butter would dry out the cakes)
2 teaspoons vanilla flavour
1 teaspoon vinegar (helps to keep cakes moist)
250g caster sugar
250g plain flour
8g Bicarbonate of soda
60g Cocoa powder

Mix together the water,oil, vanilla, vinegar and caster sugar until combines and sugar dissolves. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to wet ingredients. Mix until combines. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1/2 an hour.

Note: Refrigerated mix, stored in an airtight container will keep for approx 5 weeks.

Pipe mix into patty pans then bake until cooked. (In fan forced oven, approx temp is 160C for 13 minutes).

Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting or Chocolate Ganache.

Notes:
*Can make cakes of all sizes using the above recipe.
*You can add berries, alcohol etc to alter/enhance the flavour. If adding alcohol you'll need to reduce the water.
*Cakes rise the sooner they are baked. If you want flat cupcakes, then refrigerate mix for a few days prior to use.
* Cakes won't flop or drop if oven door is opened & closed during baking.

Other notes & recipes from the course:
Basic Cupcake Mix - recipe
Death by Chocolate cupcake mix - recipe
Chocolate Ganache - recipe
Cream Cheese Frosting for cupcakes - recipe
Chocolate Truffles - recipe

2 comments:

SarahP said...

We're waiting....
:-)

Fiona said...

Ouch - just noticed how unreadable that post is!!! I'm going to fix the font colour now....

As to Part 2, I'll get it up tonight. (Including 'what not to do', based on my complete balls-up from the weekend).

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