birthday cupcakes

November 8, 2006 at 10:45 pm | Posted in Birthdays, Cupcakes | 6 Comments

these were the cupcakes i baked for poon’s birthday celebration on monday.


the top and bottom rows were meant to be soccer-pitch cupcakes. i was inspired by this entry but then i could not find similar soccer chocolate balls. i figured only those “oldschool” shops would stock it; went to one and couldn’t find it. i asked my dad to help me in my quest as well, but to no avail either. it was only yesterday (tuesday) my dad found it at *drumroll* – mustafa centre. that place has EVERYTHING and i’ve got a good mind to head there after my exams end to hunt for possible decorative items. i believe that there’ll be a good collection of chocolates that are pretty-looking and cheap.

back to the cupcakes. my dad found a pack of football gummies, so i settled for that. of course it didn’t look that authentic but i thought they gave the cupcakes a cutesy feel, because of the cheery colours i guess.

the recipe for the soccer cupcakes were adapted from a betty saw recipe. it’s a basic vanilla-butter cupcake recipe but i added lemon extract, just to give it a hint of citrusy tang.
i liked how it turned out – sufficiently moist and spongy.

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lemon butter cupcakes

60g butter
60g castor sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp lemon extract
60g self-raising flour, sifted
2 tbsp milk

1. line patty tins with paper cases

2. place butter and sugar in a deep mixing bowl and beat together with an electric hand-held whisk until light and creamy. gradually beat in egg and essence.

3. fold in flour and sufficient milk to make a soft dropping consistency.

4. spoon mixture evenly into prepared cases. bake in preheated 175 degrees celsius oven for 15 minutes or until cooked through when tested with a wooden skewer.

5. cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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these cupcakes were topped with cream cheese icing (which i tinted green). i didn’t follow any recipe for this, just mixed softened cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and a little bit of vanilla essence. this process involved a lot of tasting at various stages.

the two middle rows of cupcakes that were topped with chocolate ganache were:

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nutella chocolate hazelnut cupcakes

100g dark chocolate, chopped
65g butter, at room temperature
100g nutella
2 eggs, separated
75g brown sugar
100g ground almonds

1. line a muffin pan with paper cases.

2. place chocolate, butter and nutella in a saucepan and place over low hear. stir until melted and smooth, remove and set aside to cool.

3. whisk egg yolks and sugar until pale, thick and light. stir in almonds and the chocolate mixture.

4. whisk egg whites until firm peaks form. fold, one-third at a time, into the chocolate mixture.

5. spoon mixture evenly to fill prepared paper cases.

6. bake in preheated oven at 175 degrees celsius or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

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these received raving reviews from the chocolate-maniac guys. i was surprised at how the cakes “held” despite it being flourless. it must’ve been the amount of ground almonds that the recipe called for.



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  1. I am not promoting Mustafa Centre
    But that place is serendipity
    You can get what your hearts desire
    From gold to clothes, from chocolates to chapatti.

    There were 3 imports of chocolate balls, soccer
    products from Thailand,England and Malaysia
    I bought the ones from Thailand because they’re cheap
    Well my pocket is not so deep.

    You will be amazed at the food and bakery sections
    The variety of products is so amazing
    They are just too many to describe and mention
    I’m sure chefs’ and bakers’ hearts will go fluttering.

  2. oh really? where exactly is mustafa by the way?

    anyways, lovely cupcakes! it would have been nice to make 11 cupcakes and prop a little soccer dude doll on top or smth! haha.

  3. jia: yeah i know, the whole soccer shebang would be good! i’m planning to make something like that someday.

    anyway mustafa centre is at serangoon road. it’s near to farrer park mrt station.

  4. Jia,

    Drive along Serangoon Road slowly
    Past Tekka Market, drive another half kilometre
    Past the temple on your left, a mosque soon you see
    Turn right into Syed Alwi Road, Mustafa is here!

    (Nearest MRT Station is Farrer Park
    SBS 23, 64, 65, 66, 111, 130, 131, 139, 147, C3
    TIBS 67, NR6, 857
    Others 628, 634, 638)

  5. How did you do the lettering? You buy or cut out yourself? =x after seeing all your creations, would really love to learn from u.

  6. brenda: the lettering is made from ready made marzipan or fondant. you cut it out from alphabet cookie cutters. the piped letters and stars, is made from buttercream. they also sell ready made icing. if you want the stars, put in the star nozzle, if you’re doing the letters, use the plain tip nozzle. the sugar dragees you can get it at B-I-Y, bukit timah road.

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