after eight cupcakes

September 18, 2007 at 11:05 pm | Posted in Birthdays, Chocolate, Cupcakes | 29 Comments

i know it has been SO LONG since i last posted, but i have been really caught up with work. it’s as if i’ve been sucked up into a vortex, seriously. i have been baking occasionally but i just didn’t have enough time/energy to write a proper entry.

yesterday the jc girls had a break-fast-cum-belated-birthday-celebration for shidah. when i asked her what type of cake she wanted, she gladly left it up to me – i decided on a combination of chocolate and mint because i remember she loves cadbury peppermint chocolates.


adapted from cupcakes galore; gail wagman


200g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
90g butter, softened
100g sugar
2 eggs
160ml milk

mint buttercream:

185g butter, room temperature
300g icing sugar
few drops of mint extract/essence
green food colouring

1. preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius. mix flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together and set aside.

2. cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. alternately beat in flour mixture and milk.

3. spoon batter into cupcake cases. bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tester inserted into the centre comes out cleann. remove from oven and cool.

4. to make the frosting, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add mint extract and mix well. add food colouring. spread/pipe over cooled cupcakes and decorate as desired.



the cupcakes were not particularly sweet, so the frosting complemented them well. the birthday girl loved it, and that was the most important thing. 🙂


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  1. Oooh, the green looks so pretty! Too pretty to eat. Heh.

  2. hello! i want to make these cupcakes cos they look so good ,and i love mint+choc. the cupcake below the frosting looks shiny… is there any chocolate frosting below the mint one??

  3. su: hehehe. 🙂

    vicky: hi vicky, yes there is. it’s actually just chocolate ganache – chocolate + cream.

  4. ohhhhh… this is a good recipe! btw, do you mind sharing with me how you make the letterings on the cake? i want to make one for my colleague’s birthday but I am not sure how to create the letterings.

  5. cute birthday girl!

  6. Very lovely cake indeed, looks yummyyyyyyyyy!

  7. nur: oh it’s ready made marzipan. you can get it at selected cold storages. i got it at causeway point’s.

    lene: oh yes she gets that a lot! lol.

    zainab: thank you. 🙂

  8. These look so pretty Maya… i love the pastel shade of green. And your swirls are lovely!

    I know what you mean about being sucked into a vortex of work…arg, it’s been months since I updated my blog as well. 😦
    till i find the time to do that, i shall be drooling over these cupcakes. 🙂

    btw, the idea to have chocolate ganache sandwich the cupcake and frosting is just too decadent to contemplate! *swoons*

  9. chitz: i’ve been waiting for your posts! yes work can be a real pain. :s yes these were decadent alright. 🙂

  10. maya!!!

    u finally updated ur site 🙂

  11. babe, thanks a lot for the cupcakes, they were yummy! brought back nice co-op memories with you hehe..n im beginning to understand how difficult it is to fit in baking and all the other stuff i love to do, now that we’ve started working… thanks again for everything, take care and see you soon insya allah! *hugs*

  12. Hi Maya..they look soo tempting!! mebbe I should try ordering these the next time :)btw my sis and I are totally hooked to your double chocolate peanut butter cupcakes! 🙂

  13. ashie: hehe a ah, sibuk la…

    shidah: i’m glad you liked them babe, that’s the most impt thing. 😉 *hugs

    nini: hehe thank you. choc and peanut butter is always a winning combi. 😀

  14. They look delicious. That’s one lucky birthday girl!

  15. I love the colors used here. The green icing compliments the chocolate cake very well. They look amazing, very festive and your friend (I think) looks so cute with them! They look like something she’d like, which is the most important thing!

  16. hi maya..

    i keep checkin ur blog everyday to see if u have anythin new.. i love seeing ur bakes.. i was wondering if u can share ur hari raya recipes.. this is the 1st time i am havin holz during deepavali, and wish to bake some goodies for my family.. hope to see ur goodies.. thanks!

    enjoy ur day babe 🙂
    lots of love…

  18. hello meg and nithya, thank you so much! 🙂 anyway nithya… i only did chocolate chip cookies for hari raya cuz i am totally caught up with work!

  19. Happy Hari Raya babe!!
    Hope your day is filled with the yummiest cookies and cakes. And of course, well-wishes, joy, laughter and lots and lots of hong baos.

  20. Well, I would certainly love these for my birthday too!

  21. hey maya..

    i was just wondering how you do the alphabets on the cupcake. do you make them yourself?

    and it’s such a pity you’re so busy… i miss seeing your wonderful bakes.. i just love the way you decorate your cupcakes. so pretty!

  22. oh.. just to clarify my question on the alphabets.. since you did mention it’s marzipan from cold storage. do they actually sell the alphabets as it looks on screen or do you cut them out or something?

  23. chitz: thank you! *hugs

    patricia: wish i could mail them to you or sthg! lol. 🙂

    diya: no it’s like in a block… you have to roll it out and cut it. i hope to bake more soon!

  24. I miss reading your posts… 😦
    hope work gets better and you have some time for yourself soon dear!

  25. yes, i’ve just ended my relief teaching stint and will be back soon for more posts. it’s just that my camera’s undergoing servicing and i can’t take pics! :p

  26. Ooooh, so pretty.
    How did you get the frosting so neat? :wistful sigh:
    I make tasty frosting, but have so hard making it look pretty… and I *hate* fondant.

  27. Hi Maya. You have a very cool blog 🙂 Ur cupcakes so pretty! I was wondering, for these cupcakes, which deco tip did u use? How do you make it looking like a rose? Not just those normal swirls rite? Appreciate ur reply. Thanks a lot!

  28. hello lin, it’s actually a big star tip. 🙂

  29. Wow… nice cupcakes! Can i find out where did you manage to find those silver bearings and colourful ‘clover’ sweets for deco? 🙂

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