Showing posts with label cupcakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cupcakes. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2013

Colour Blocked Cupcakes and a fresh start

I know have been kind of MIA on the blog. But post-graduate life does that to you. I have hardly been cooking much even when I go back home and P.S Cupcakes has kind of died out due to lack of time and unavailability of an oven on campus.

My Hakuna Matata tattoo and the neon cupcakes. 
But now in a month I will have my degree in my hand and will be pushed out into the real world, with a real job. And I am terrified! So terrified that when I went home this time, I sought refuge in the kitchen and in an old friend.
These cupcakes are Oscar approved

She wanted to bake multi-colour cupcakes and bake them we did. Being a fashion blogger she called them colour blocked cupcakes. And guess what? We had a bunch of them which had pastel colours and a bunch which had neons, so much for me keeping track of fashion trends huh?
Pretty cool huh?
There is very basic physics required to get these right. Place colours which have similar wavelength together. These colours won't mix together to form other weird browns or blacks. Bunch them according to the order they appear in a rainbow: VIBGYOR. Which is why I had Violet, Green and Blue together and Pink, Orange and Yellow together.

You can make rainbow cupcakes as well, but put very less amount of batter of every colour while filling them in. Also make sure you spread the batter evenly, you don't want random blobs of colour. Or, may be you do. I would.

 These cupcakes are lemon cupcakes which were filled with a lemon curd and had a lemon butter-cream frosting.
Don't be afraid to core cupcakes, just fill them with yumminess and put back the top.  It will get covered with icing. 
There can you make out that the cores were out? 
I used Martha Stewart's Lemon Meringue Cupcake recipe for the cakes. And David Leibovitz's recipe for the lemon curd. Feel free to use use Martha's but it just asked for more eggs. I made the butter-cream icing myself, the recipe for which will follow.

I am always going to paint my nails before I take food photos with my hands. I like how happy painted nails look. 

I am going to be posting pretty regularly now, so stay in touch. 

Aditi, writes a fashion blog, The Colour Whisperer. Do follow her.

All the pictures in the post have been taken by her.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting


  • 100 gm butter
  • 200 gm icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon/lime juice


  1. Beat butter till light.
  2. Add sugar in batches and keep beating till the volume increases and the sugar is well incorporated.
  3. Add milk and lemon juice.
  4. Add more milk to thin out the icing, if you want it to spread easily.
  5. To firm up the icing, add more icing sugar. You can now pipe it out.
Yield: Enough to lightly frost 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 00:10
Tags: lemon, icing, butter-cream

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A photoshoot for the cupcake business.

So, I had posted about starting a small home-run cupcake business, right? So before that I created a Facebook page for it. Social media is a brilliant thing, trust me (plus I had to use my newly acquired digital media skills from my internship). So the page was well received and was shared by many and Tina (Piu), who is a senior from college, aka Sharan's friend, offered to do a photoshoot to promote the business. I agreed, obviously.

She and another friend, Vini came over on Sunday to watch and photograph me while I baked. They made me move out of my kitchen (!) to my bedroom (!!). The study table was brought before the window and all the ingredients were brought there.

I baked a chocolate cupcake with a peanut butter soft center and also mini-cupcakes with a vanilla icing. You will find the recipe for my cupcakes below, feel free to use your own frosting, but I frosting recipe is coming soon.

You can head over to Tina's blog for the pictures, here is also the Facebook album.

She also sent over a few pictures, so these are a few of my favourites:

I have always envied food bloggers who would have photos like this. So cool and all. Now, I have my own! 

Notice the nails?

A friend pointed out that this looks like I am talking to my cupcakes. Though no true at this moment, I do that quite often. 

I made coloured sugar! So easy and so pretty!

You can contact Tina anytime on her Facebook page. You should check out her wedding photography. Amazing!

What do you think of the pictures?

Devil's Food Cake cupcakes

Sanjeev Kapoor


  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soda bicarb
  • 60 grams butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 grams cooking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line your cupcake trays
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients together
  3. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beat till incorporated.
  4. Melt chocolate in 1/2 a cup of boiling water and cool. Then mix into the egg mixture
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients. Add the milk, lemon juice and vanilla essence, till all well blended.
  6. Fill cupcake trays till 2/3rd full and bake for 20 mins, or till it passes the knife test.
Yield: 12 big cupcakes and 6-8 small ones

Prep Time: 00:10
Cook time: 00:20
Tags: chocolate, cupcakes, egg

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A cupcake shop!

I know a lot of people who love food, they are the best kind, and most of them want to have a restaurant of their own sometime in the future. 

Future.. when? After we are all done paying our student loans (me), having slaved for the corporate overlord and or having satisfied your parent's expectation of having a nice, well-paying and settled life. Everybody needs some capital to start a restaurant business, and according to Mr. Bourdain 95% of them tank. 

Honestly, I can't wait that long, or even to see whether it will succeed or not. So, I have decided to open a cupcake store from home, only for a month.

Why? Because Navi Mumbai needs cupcakes. There isn't a single cupcake store here. 

All that said and done now, please head over to my facebook page to know about the menu and to know how you can order. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Feta Love, Cupcakes and Hairbands!

Who has a new obsession?

Me! Yes. Me! (JD reference).

Obsession #1: Feta
Have you ever eaten something that just exploded in your mouth, smooth and flavourful?
It happened with me and Feta at the Kala Ghoda Café. I ordered a salad with feta in it. And since then greek salad is the only kind I have ordered. I have even saved it up after finishing the salad to add to my pizzas.

So when J and I went to Yellow Tree Café, which is the sunshine-iest of places I have been to, I had to order it. And it didn't disappoint me. Though I would have liked my salad with cherry tomatoes and not big chunks of tomatoes.
The cafe has big windows and happy yellow walls with happy coloured stuff on it
The lovely salad with the out of place large tomatoes
We also ordered sun-dried tomato pesto chicken sandwich and cilantro chicken sandwiches that came with curly fries. The sandwiches come with a garlicky tomato sauce and mustard sauce. Both these sauces complimented the sandwiches really well. Just added that extra bit of zing.
The sundried tomato pesto chicken
The curly fries look more dominating than the cilantro chicken sandwich, no?
The yum sauces

We then went to find Lulu's cupcakes. If you subscribe to BPB (if you don't you should) then you would know who she is. She turned out to be close by at an exhibition and we got to have her chocolate cupcake and red velvet cupcake. The chocolate was soft and the frosting smooth and rich. The red velvet has an amazing cream cheese frosting.
Lulu's cupcakes

Obsession #2: Hairbands
At the exhibition the first stall I encountered was selling hairbands. I couldn't stop myself and was bought two of them. One very classy and the other bright. This obsession, according to some of my friends marks my transition from a tomboy to a girl. I don't know about that, but I do plan on adding to my tiny collection.

Tell me about your recent obsessions!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Starry Starry Cupcakes!

So what do you do when a friend invites you over for a nice Kashmiri lunch with 13 other starving PG kids interning in Mumbai?
You gang up with another one of the invitees and spend a fun afternoon baking and frosting cupcakes.

What recipe did we use? This one. We just subbed the chocolate chips with grated dark chocolate. Also made vanilla ones subbing the cocoa for more flour.

Pictures? Here: 

The starry sparkles
Green Being mixed in

Pink colour being mixed in 
Yellow being mixed in

We had lots of fun with the starry sprinklers

This is my friend Pooja, icing the cupcakes. She is unbelievably thin for someone who loves food so much and eats as much too! 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Buttercupp Bakery

Ahmedabad is a nice city. Great infrastructure, nice places to eat, shop but it has one deficiency (apart from the lack of alcohol), this place doesn't have a nice cupcake place.

Forget a dedicated cupcake shop, not even one bakery that did cupcakes. Coming from Bombay with the convenience of Theobroma, Candies, 210's and Butterfly; this Gujju land was devoid of any cupcake happiness.

Till about two weeks ago.

Buttercupp: A Cupcake Shoppe was started by Amar and his wife. They flew down from the US to start this place. Not professional bakers, them, the wife (sorry, I didn't get her name) has done a baking course here and there but is an engineer by profession.

So, we (J and I) entered this place at 5 pm, and saw this:
Empty shelves, but you can see the Banana cupcake, can't you? Say hi!
empty shelves. 

Panicked we ordered 1 each of everything we saw; red velvet, oreo and banana bread. On enquiry we found that lemon cupcakes were on their way out and there was one last double chocolate dip. We ordered those as well. 

Lemony Love
So here goes,
Red velvet: the cake tastes nice. Though it could have been a nit more moist for me. The icing was nice, but it could have tasted more of cream cheese. 
Oreo: No one can ever go wrong with oreo. 
Banana Bread: Aah! These stole the show. Gorgeously moist, with the slight banana flavoured icing and the caramelised banana on top. *Sigh!* We had two of these. (It is nice how much J indulges me when it comes to food). 
Double Chocolate Dip: Oh so moist! our teeth go right through. With a light chocolate butter cream frosting, this on was chocolate heaven. 
Lemon: J and I love lemon. And it is so easy to go wrong with it. But this one was perfect. Not overtly sweet or lemony. 

The empty wrappers. Phone calls went unattended as we sat in silence for a minute savouring the  last crumbs. 

We ate six cupcakes while we were there. Took ten back to campus. Apparently, if you eat as much as we do, they throw in a lemon cupcake and also give u a discount.

So dear Ahmedawadis. Go there. Please! Go early. Call before you go, Amar will save some for you.

The cupcakes here vanish before you can say, "Wow!". Around 20 people would have walked in the 30 minutes we were there. They were met with empty shelves, but wait, no one goes back empty handed (or stomached). They make sure you get to have something or the other.

Here they are on Facebook show them some love.