Christmas Special #4: Christmas Cake

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I KNOW I AM LATE!
This post should’ve been floating here in virtual space almost 5 days ago!
Shame on you, Samina!
I know this excuse has probably been used more number of times than it should have. So no points for guessing what I was upto! *Assignments* *sigh*
A VERYYYY MERRRRRY CHRISTMAS GUYS!!!!
HO HO HO!
How did you spend your Christmas?
Mine was EXCELLENT!
Festive meals, festive cake, festive music! Oh!!!! Brilliant!
And this Christmas was very special to my heart! Why, you ask? I wish I could explain everything, but I believe I’ll just have to wait for the right time to ramble more about this!

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And now! There’s just one day to go before we bid adieu to 2013!
*Shoots hand in the air and starts dancing*
*Not a very pretty sight, mind you!*
So, I’m guessing you already must have had your Christmas cake!!

*that is really poor quality chocolate decorations I admit!!!! Btw, if you haven’t figured out yet, that’s a wreath! Thank You! * 😀

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But if you haven’t, you can still make this beauty for New Year’s! It’s just a perfect celebratory cake!
Like I said, I had the dried fruits soaking in brandy for nearly a month so the cake had a lovely rich flavour to it that I just cannot get over! If you haven’t, you can totally skip this step and soak them in alcohol overnight! If alcohol is not your cup of tea {hahaha, this is gonna sound funny}, you can soak it in black tea too!
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Told ya!
Okay, maybe it wasn’t that funny!

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So, here’s the Christmas cake that I have been longing to share with you!
Christmas cake
250 gms mixed dried fruits {currants, raisins, dates, prunes, apricots}
150 mls brandy
175 gms butter
200 gms all purpose flour
150 gms dark brown muscavado sugar
Zest of one orange
Juice of one orange
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon clove powdered
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Method:
1. Soak your dried fruits in brandy {or black tea} overnight /1 month
2. After they have soaked and plumped up, add in the zest and juice of an orange
3. In a separate dry bowl, mix the spices and the flour, baking powder and baking soda
4. In another bowl, blend together butter and sugar
5. Add in eggs slowly
6. Tip in the mixed, soaked dry fruits
7. Mix well
8. Add the flour mix into the liquid mixture
9. Pour into a greased and parchment-lined cake tin
10. Bake in a preheated oven of 160 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes

To make the royal Icing:
Ingredients:
1 cup icing sugar
1 egg white
½ teaspoon lime juice
Method:
1. Add the lime juice to egg white
2. Beat with hand blender or in stand mixer till it gets frothy
3. Keep adding the icing sugar in small additions till it reaches a favourable consistency
4. If you want a firmer icing, you can add more icing sugar gradually

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Chocolate Fondant

No No NOOO!!!

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I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth!!!!! I’m hereeeee!!! *waves both arms*

I am back after a hectic 3 weeks! Yes, 2 weeks of dedicated studies and one week of torturous exams.

They went okayish.

I should PASS.

Ahem, moving on!

😉

I have SOOOOOO MANY THINGS TO TELL YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Coffee spiked Dulce De Leche and Walnut Butter Cupcakes

Coffee Spiked Dulece De Leche and Walnut Butter Cupcakes

Oh hulloo everyone!

😀

I am back just like I promised with an amazing new recipe for cupcakes from scratch that I am sure you are going to enjoy! 🙂

This is one of the most hassle free filled cupcake recipes.

But before I divulge any more details on these beauties, I have some things that I’d like to share!

NAH!!!! :d

Actually, I’m just trying to delay on purpose! Sometimes I am evil! 😀

Today is the first time ever that I am enjoying my Sunday! Usually, I am bored to the point that even looking at my purple wall (which is not so purple anymore) seems interesting. :O

I mean , seriously! There is absolutely NOTHING to do!

No ‘One Tree Hill’ episodes, no ‘Masterchef USA’.

Only sad, soppy movies with a weird melodramatic background music play all day long!

Yeah well, my mum loves watching these kind of movies!

So, at least someone’s enjoying their Sundays! 😛

That brings me to today’s post!

A very Happy Mother’s Day to all mums on the planet!

This recipe goes out to you! 🙂

Yeah, I mean you know there’s Coffee and Dulce De Leche ( bittersweet) just like the relation you share with your mum.

ummmm…. yeah I guess this got a little bitttt cheesy! 😀 LOL

Anyways!

Like I promised!!!!

Video Tutorial!!!! 😀

And now for the proper recipe, read more:

Coffee Spiked Dulce De Leche And Walnut Butter Cupcakes.

For The Sponge:

100 gms self raising flour

100 gms butter

100 gms caster sugar

2 eggs

1-2 tsp coffee dissolved in warm water

1-1 1/2 tsp baking powder

50 gms yogurt

For the Filling:

3 Step Walnut Butter

For the frosting

50 gms butter

100 gms icing sugar

50 gms Dulce De Leche ( Click Here for the recipe)

1-2 tsp coffee dissolved in warm water

Walnuts for garnish! 😀

Method:

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and coffee mixture. Sift the flour and baking powder and add yogurt. Bake in a preheated oven of 180 degree Celsius for about 20 minutes.

Let them cool completely.

Make holes in the center of the cupcakes. and fill them with the 3 Step Walnut Butter (Click Here for recipe).

For the Frosting, cream the butter and sugar and add the dulce de leche mixed with the coffee mixture and spoon the frosting on the cupcakes.

You can Click Here for the homemade Ducle De Leche recipe! 😀

You can even make a firmer icing and pipe it onto the cupcakes. I sort of like the way the icing freely falls onto the surface of the cupcakes. Simple and DELISH!

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This is how it looks on the inside! 😀

If the recipe has left you a little confused, you can watch my Tutorial Video HERE!

So, that’s it actually! 😀

End of post! I’ll be back next Sunday for some weekend adventures for you so you can kill time on a Sunday (if of course your Sundays are boring too) 😛

OR

You could make them when you feel like eating something heavenly! 😀 haha

I’ll see you next week with another interesting recipe and a video to go with it!

Buh Byee

xxx