I’ve been watching lots of cooking shows, all of which includes Gordon Ramsay and Nigella Lawson, and several times these masterchefs both kept emphasizing that your mood, attitude and feelings while you’re in the kitchen affects how your food turns out. At first I thought this was ridiculous and extremely fluffy, but during the time I had mass productions of macarons and cupcakes during the festive season, I realised this is actually extremely true. When I was stressed or upset, my baked goods turned out deformed (macarons) or ugly (cupcakes).
SO kids, your mood does affect your baking and food considerably. If you don’t feel like cooking, don’t. Everything will just turn out sloppy.
For the chocolate cupcake, you will need:
– 100g butter
– 120g white granulated sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 2 eggs
– 2/3 cup milk
– 1/3 cup cocoa powder
– 1 cup all purpose flour
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp baking powder
1. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy with a mixer. Crack the eggs, 1 each. Add the vanilla extract and beat to combine.
2. Sift half the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt) into the egg, butter, sugar mix. Then pour half the milk, mix to combine. Sift in the rest of the dry ingredients and beat just until traces of dry ingredients have disappeared. Pour into 12 cupcake liners and bake in the preheated oven at 160 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes.
3. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 min before taking them out to cool on a wire rack.
For the peppermint frosting you will need:
– 70g unsalted butter
– 1 tbp milk
– 2 drops of peppermint extract
– green food coloring
– 1-2 cups icing sugar
1. Beat the butter, milk, peppermint and food coloring together until smooth and creamy. Then slowly add in the icing sugar. The amount of icing sugar you will need depends on the humidity of where you’re staying.
2. Scoop the frosting into a piping bag inserted with a star tip, and pipe onto the cupcakes.
The chocolate cupcake was fluffy and moist, and the frosting had the perfect balance of spiciness from the peppermint and sweetness from the icing sugar – yummy. Reminds me so much of Christmas. I can’t believe it’s over and 2015 has now reached us – can’t wait to get a hoverboard as my present this year.