Sunday, 10 July 2011

Still shopping

Before making my first "real" cupcakes, and as I was near the store"Gadgets & Cuina" in Illa Diagonal, in Barcelona, I could not resist the temptation to make a little shopping. Just two things, a nozzle and cupcake liners.

The nozzle is that one from Städter, number 213234. It's very similar to Wilton's 1M (in fact, the results are exactly the same)

The cupcakes liners are those ones, and have the same problems than the others: no grease proof.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Fisrt shopping

After the Oreo cupcakes, I decided that if I wanted to keep baking, it was time to start using "true" cookware. So, I consulted Mr Google and after visiting hundreds of online shops I decided to place my first order at "For the cakes

The purchase process is simple, and the shipping was super fast and everything arrived very well packaged. This was what I ordered:

- First of all, a nozzle. All my happiness went away when I found out that Wilton's 1M was out of stock (although the restock very fast, next week it was available again), but as I wanted a nozzle NOW!, I took that one. It's a a 16mm flower nozzle, a little too big, but it works well.

- Of course, I needed also a pastry bag, and I was very happy to find out this disposable pastry bags (I didn't know that they exist). There's no need to wash the pastry bag as I remember my mum always did!

- Next: cupcake liners. I bought that assortment from Städter, but I'm not happy with the results (not greaseproof, loose the colour)

- And finally, cucpakes boxes. As I do not want to end up like a ball, but I want to keep baking cupcakes, the only option is made others to eat them. So, I need a way to carry them. I bought two boxes, really good quality, ad two holders for 12 cupcakes (although the cupcakes were a little loose in the holders)
In the next entry, more shopping!!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Second Assault! Oreo Cupcakes (and how to discover I need a food processor)

For my second cupcakes I decided to try Oreo cupcakes, as they looked great! So I went to the supermarket for a Oreo box and started to work.

There's a lot of Oreo cupcakes recipe. I took that one from Cupcake Obsession and it was a good decision, because the cupcakes turned to be delicious, although they take more time to make.

So, here's the recipe:


Ingredients (makes 18 cupcakes)
  • 2 eggs
  • 140 gr sugar
  • 115 gr de self raising flour
  • 120 gr unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60-70 ml milk
  • 6 oreo cookies
  • 2 ans half tablespoon cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 160ºC (320ºF) and prepare a cupcake pan with cupcakes liners. 

Crush the cookies. I started using a kitchen mallet, but it wasn't enough so I decided to use the coffee grinder. maybe it's not the most orthodox way, but it worked!

Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, and then add the eggs. In a separate bowl, mix and sift the flour, the cocoa powder, the baking powder and the crushed cookies. Add it to the butter mixture beating at low speed. Finally, add the milk mixed qwith the vanilla extract. 

Fill the cupcakes liners only 2/3 and bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted come out clean. Let cool.

For the buttercream:
  • 140 gr unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 50 gr icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 6 tablespoon milk
  • 3 oreo cookies
  • 18 mini oreos cookies (for decoration)

Crush and sift the Oreos (don't miss this step or the nozzle will get stuck)

Beat the butter and until creamy and then add the icing sugar. Keep beating and finally add the milk, the vanilla extract and the crushed oreos until you have a good consistency mixture.

Fir that occasion I used a nozzle for the Chinese bazaar again, but it was "premium" range (it cost me 1.5 €). The result wasn't too bad, but it's far from what it should be.

Those cupcakes were amazing but... I used a hand blender for the buttercream. My arm hurts!! I need a food processor.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Beginnings are hard

The idea had been in my head for a time. One morning, I decided it was time to execute it. So, I had a glimpse at Internet and made a quick visit to the supermarket. I thought I had everything I could need. It was the day. That afternoon, I was going to bake my first cupcakes.

I decided to start with a basic recipe, and I though this one will be a good choice, from Fiesta Facil blog. The reason why I choose that one was, basically, because I was so lost about the quantity of strange ingredients which I had never heard about. And as this recipe had photo from all the ingredients, there was no risk of being wrong.

So, I started mixing the ingredients and then was the time to put the dough into the cupcake liners. I though it was not necessary to use a cupcake pan, but when I had the first two liners full of dough, and It was spreading dangerously, I notice that, if the recipe ask you to use a pan, it's not for nothing. So, I used that one from Lekué (the only I had at home) and baked my first cupcakes.

20 minutes later I had a quite acceptable cupcakes. So, it was buttercream moment. For my first buttercream I choose this basic vanilla buttercream recipe, that It seemed pretty easy to make. The only problem was that the measurements were in cups (here in Spain we always use grams for all the recipes), and I had no idea that how many grams were supposed to be in a cup of butter. Finally, I found my salvation in a  conversion chart.
The truth is that it  really was easy to make, there was only a bowl and a spatula needed, although it was a little liquid (afterwards I find out that it's not a good idea to soften the butter in the microwave - It's like the first capital sin in cupcake making). I coloured the buttercream with Vahiné liquid food colouring (the only food colouring available in the supermarket).

And then was the time for the decoration with the pastry bag. Well, notice that you can't expect good results with a pastry bag with a set of nozzles for 75 cents at the Chinese bazaar store, but in those days (only four weeks ago) I knew nothing about a 1M nozzle or somebody call Wilton).

Well, the thing that the cupcakes were... well, my firsts cupcakes:

Taking the photo with the mobile phone doesn't helps...

(It's been a month since that, now my cupcakes had a better look, but I wanted to show you my first attempt)