Christmas Special #4: Christmas Cake

Christmas cake - The Cupcake Confession

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!
😀
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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Pink Lemonade Macarons {No Nuts No Seeds}

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Okay, so I probably have no idea as to why I am posting today.

Okay.

MAYBE, I DO!

I am bored.

Bored to death!

If you have been following me on my Instagram, you will realize how I have been spending days working on the DIY packaging. I’ve made cupcake toppers and DIY packaging labels and I can’t help but feel excited about them. They are SUCH CUTE BABIES!

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Dark Chocolate and Chili Cupcakes

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Aaaah!!! Hello Ya’ll!!

So, firstly WELCOME TO MY BLOG!!!! 🙂 😀

I’m so excited to finally have my own website to show you all the scrummy desserts you can make at home.

I will be updating the blog every Sunday (Ohhh how I love my weekends as its the only time I get to bake! 😀 )

Oh and besides I’ll even share some crazy things I do on a regular basis (well, unintentional of course) to embarrass myself! :\

Now now! I really cannot help it okay!! I was born clumsy. I cannot walk two steps without getting hit by an inanimate object and occasionally human species.

Okay, I guess this is really not the way I should introduce myself. But anyways now that you do know about my clumsiness, lets CHANGE THE TOPIC!

You in?

yeah, me too! 😀

So, this week I made Dark Chocolate and Chili Cupcakes!!

Is it a weird combination?? Totally!!!!!!!!

Does it taste good???

ABSOLUTELY!!!!!! ❤

Okay, now I know chilies and chocolate is a weird combination but if it tastes good, then why not?

Oh!!! speaking of weird combos, people say jam and sauce go really well together!

That does not sound very appetizing, but I guess we’ll have to try that some day, whatsay?

ummm, yeahhhh maybe some other time! 😀

For now, tadaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Dark chocolate and chilli cupcakes!

So, there are three parts to this:

  • The dark chocolate sponge

Ingredients:

125 gms self raising flour

125 gms Caster sugar

125 gms salted butter

2 eggs

50 gms dark chocolate (melted)

1 tsp salt

1 – 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Buttermilk (as needed)

Method:

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. Fold in the melted dark chocolate. Sift in the flour and baking powder. Add the salt. Mix well. Add the buttermilk until the batter becomes smooth. pour into molds lined with cupcake liners and bake in a preheated oven. 180 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes. Poke a skewer in the center of the cupcake and it should come out clean. choco chillie_02_final

  • The Soaking Syrup:

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Ingredients:

50 mls water

50 gms caster sugar

1-2 chilies chopped

Method:

Chop the chilies and add them to a saucepan in which sugar and water are boiling. When the syrup thickens, take it off the flame and using a pastry brush, lightly soak the warm cupcakes which have been taken out of the oven.

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  • The Cream Cheese Frosting:

Ingredients:

100 gms cream cheese

100 gms salted butter

75 gms icing sugar

2-3 heaped teaspoons chili powder

Method:

Cream the butter and cream cheese. Add the icing sugar and chili powder. Fill in the piping bags and frost the cupcakes.

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Tadaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!! There you go!!!!!! 😀

The amazing Dark Chocolate and Chili Cupcakes!

I’m so sure that you are going to absolutely love it! 😀

I hope you have an amazing Sunday! 🙂 I’ll be back again next Sunday with an amazing new recipe and a Video Tutorial to go with it.

Happy baking,

buh-bye! 🙂