Happy Parent's Day

Frosted Peanut Butter Cupcakes
for all lovely Parents!!



This post is dedicated to all the Parents in the world (including myself)....Well, I never baked this cupcake for Parent's day...In fact, I never knew it is Parent's Day today, I came to know about it through FB and so thought of dedicating my cupcakes to this particular Day.....


I don't know how many of you have read my profile in "About"...There I said baking is therapeutic for me and it was true in this case!!When I baked this cupcake yesterday, I was stressed out with severe headache....But once done, I was completely relaxed....


Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Baking...made simple by Parragon Books

Butter - 4 tbsp, softened
Brown sugar - 1 cup
Peanut butter - 1/3 cup
Eggs - 2
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
All-purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Milk - 1/3 cup

Frosting
Cream cheese - 1 cup
Butter - 2 tbsp, softened
Confectioner's sugar - 2 cups


Method:
  • Put the muffin paper cases in the muffin pan.
  • Put the butter, sugar and peanut butter in a bowl and beat together for 1-2 minutes or until well mixed. 
  • Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Then add the vanilla essence.
  • Sift in the flour and baking powder and then using a metal spoon, fold them into the mixture, alternating with the milk. 
  • Spoon the batter into the paper cases. Bake the cupcakes in a preheated oven, 180 C, for 25 minutes or until well risen and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
  • To make the frosting, put the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl and using an electric hand whisk, beat together until smooth. Sift the confectioner's sugar into the mixture, then beat together until well mixed.
  • When the cupcakes are cold, spread the frosting on top of each cupcakes, swirling it with a round-bladed knife. Store the cupcakes in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Notes:
  • I used mascarpone cheese instead of cream cheese. However, the frosting is completely optional. 
  • Use crunchy peanut butter for more flavor.


 

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Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

Well, there is nothing much to say about this bake...I found it in one of my baking books and the pictures were quite appealing...Moreover, I had some apples at home and so zeroed in this recipe....




Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Baking....made simple, Parragon Books

For the muffins
All-purpose whole-wheat flour - 2/3 cup
All-purpose white flour - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon, ground - 1 tsp
Superfine sugar - 1/4 cup
Apples - 2 medium or 1 large; peeled, cored and finely chopped
Milk - 1/2 cup
Egg, beaten - 1
Butter, melted - 4 tbsps

For the topping
Brown sugar lumps - 12, coarsely crushed
Cinnamon, ground - 1/2 tsp


Method:
  • Place muffin paper liners in a muffin pan.
  • Sift both flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and chopped apples. 
  • Place the milk, egg and butter in a separate bowl and mix.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir until just combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the paper liners. To make the topping, mix the crushed sugar lumps and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the muffins. 
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 200 C for 20-25 minutes, or until risen and golden.
  • Remove the muffins from the oven and serve warm or place them on a wire rack and let cool.







 

The 'Marble Cake' Revisited....

Remember my marble cake which I had baked looong back and which had almost turned into a chocolate cake, except for a few patches of white batter here and there.....I decided to re-try it once again on my mom's b'day which was on July 2....




Luckily, this time I managed to create a marble effect on my cake....



But, the chocolate was still dominant!!! I think I need to reduce the amount of cocoa powder used in the recipe (from 4 tbsps to 2).....


Wanna bite???



Happy Birthday Mummy

So, this was my gift for my mommy on her b'day...I know she wouldn't like it...u know why???coz....coz....coz...she simply hates marble cake...hehheeehhhheee....




 

Nutella Milkshake

My kids just hate drinking milk....It's an ordeal for me each morning to make them drink milk before they leave for school...That's when I decided to try out milkshakes! And, they just loved it.....But, that doesn't mean I serve them milkshakes everyday (c'mon it's not practical to serve toddlers with this sweet and cold beverage everyday)....just once in a while they do get a little treat from their mommy *smiles*....


Now, I have tried many milkshakes, mostly with fruits like strawberries, mangoes, bananas, chikoos and so on...I was looking for different recipes on milkshake, when I found this Nutella Milkshake on Sharmis Passion...That sounded quite interesting and so I decided to make it and believe me it was superb!!!


Ingredients:
Recipe Source: Sharmis Passion

Chilled Milk - 1 cup
Nutella - 2 tbsps
Cornflakes - 1 tbsp
Coco powder - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp

Method:
  • Add the chilled milk, nutella, cornflakes, coco powder and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
  • Transfer to a serving glass and serve immediately. (You could decorate with chocolate shavings. I decorated it with some coco powder and cornflakes.)