Friday, January 06, 2006

Night and Day Cupcakes

I made these for a large family feast – cupcakes are great when you have a crowd. They’re rather basic, but tasty – a flavorful, moist cake base with a not-too-sweet frosting. I tripled the cupcake recipe, and ended up with an absolute truckload. I think I had well over 30 large cupcakes, and 30 more miniature ones. I ended up not frosting all of them, but giving away a dozen right away, and putting some in the freezer. I doubled the frosting recipe, and it still made too much. So, feel free to fiddle with the quantities... and rest assured, it makes a lot.

Night and Day cupcakes
From Nigella Lawson’s How To Be a Domestic Goddess

2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp boiling water
75 g sugar
50 g dark muscovado sugar
125 g flour
3 g baking powder
2 large eggs
125 very soft butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400F). Mix the cocoa to a paste with the boiling water and set aside while you make the cupcake mixture.

Put the sugars, flour, eggs, and butter and vanilla in the processor and blitz to combine smoothly.

Scrape the mixture from the sides and add the cocoa paste. Blitz, and add milk down the funnel. You might need a little more milk – batter should be soft, and drop easily off a spoon.

Drop spoonfuls into the paper baking cups in a muffin pan and bake for about 15 minutes. (For large ones - about 10 minutes for small ones.) An inserted cake tester should come out clean.

Leave to cool completely before frosting.


200 g powdered sugar
100 g cream cheese
Juice of ½ lime
chocolate decorations, optional

Simply beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar until creamy. Add the lime. Frost the cupcakes, and decorate with dark chocolate, if you want to.

Natt och Dag-Muffins


sailu said...

Anne,those cupcakes are simply irresistable!

Anonymous said...

Oj, oj vad det vattnades i munnen när jag läste din blogg idag. Måste testa - snart!


Jeff in NC said...

Those look soooo yummy!!

Anonymous said...

Mmm testade recptet i helgen, de blev verkligen luftiga och fina! Jag hade apelsin i glasyren istället (man tager vad man haver, glömsk som man är...) och det funkade. Nästa gång har jag nog i lite extra kakao, annars perfekta, alla som smakade ville ha receptet; perfekt betyg!! :-)

Anonymous said...

They look lovely...I wont to try them but I am alergic to Dairy products and will substitude the milk with non dairy ..can you give me an idea with what Ican substitude the cream cheese from the frosting part?
Thanx for your help.

Anne said...

Mina, it won't be exactly the same, but you can make a frosting with just powdered sugar and lime juice. That would get rid of the dairy for you. :)

Anonymous said...

Great! Thanx a lot...lovely blog..everything sound so easy makes me think I can cook too...Thanx again :)