I hope the spring has arrived to there where you are.
Here in Paris spring is acting like a true lady and changing her mind every other day about whether to make an entrance or not. Well, we had a few very nice days here so I shouldn’t complain but still… Spring please come to stay!
For a while a go I did something I’ve never done before: I made cupcakes from a mix.
I needed to bring something to an apéro a friend was hosting. Because I knew there’d be many people I don’t know I decided to bake. That’s always a good idea, right? But, I then realized that I maybe shouldn’t buy everything I need for baking to this tiny apartment of mine. And so, I went for a cupcake-mix.
You can probably guess I was a tad skeptical about how cupcakes made from a mix would taste. But, at least with the chocolate I used (milk-chocolate and toffee) the cupcakes turned out very good.
So sometimes it’s good to not take baking so seriously and remember that cupcakes are a great way to make new friends at a party. Never mind you didn’t make them from scratch. Sometimes you’ll just need some good chocolate and pretty cupcake cases.
Bought these pretty cases from BonTon, one of my favorite stores here in Paris.
The cupcake mix was from Hema.
The chocolate I used was Milka’s toffee bubble.
My tiny combination owen baked seven cupcakes a time.
And I was a bit surprised that the owen actually baked the cupcakes.
P.S Using A LOT of that good chocolate to the cupcakes doesn’t hurt, it never does.
how was you week? Mine, surprisingly busy but in a good way.
I gotta confess that yesterday I missed baking a lot. And I can assure you that here in Paris is very easy to get your sweet tooth ache cured so it wasn’t about that but about baking itself.
While still in Finland I made these blueberry cupcakes.
To make the cupcakes I used frozen blueberries which means that the blueberries were quite “wet”. After adding the blueberries to the batter I remembered that I read somewhere once that it is a good idea to coat the frozen blueberries with little bit of potato flour.
The flour kind of seals the moistness of frozen blueberries and if you mix the blueberries carefully to the dough they might not brake. For this to work the blueberries still have to be at least some what frozen.
The next time I bake with frozen blueberries, I’ll try to remember.
1,5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
2 dl sugar
60 g butter
0,5 dl milk
2 cups blueberries
Beat the eggs, butter and sugar for a few minutes.
In another bowl mix together the dry ingredients that you then add to to the batter.
Then add milk and blueberries but don’t mix the batter too much at this point.
Bake in 175 Celsius/ 350 Fahrenheit for 13-15 minutes.
These were good on their own and I bet that vanilla ice cream would accompany them well.
But I frosted some of these with whipped cream that I added some quark to. Thick greek yoghurt would work as well I assume.
And with that kind of frosting they are almost breakfast, right?
did you eat a lot of chocolate over the holidays? Do you still have some left? It really doesn’t matter that much if you don’t… but I did.
And I wanted to use them for baking. Because somehow that seemed a better idea than just eating a big box of chocolate alone (I blame Christmas for it but luckily that feeling has since passed).
As there was that much chocolate involved these came out resembling big, soft cookies. In my book that was not a kitchen failure, definitely not. Though I like crisp cookies I also have room in my
stomach heart for big, soft cookie kind of cupcakes.
These do not have the look of a fancy tea-party cupcake. These are more like sidekick for a big cup of coffee (ok tea too, but in a big mug).
Obviously, frosting might change this cupcake into something bit more fancy but I don’t think these really need frosting. There’s enough chocolate in them to make your sweet tooth very happy.
So put on your pyjamas, pick a tv-series to watch, make these and then eat with coffee.
Have a happy Saturday!
Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes
3 dl flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
2 dl sugar
60 g butter
1 dl milk
450 g chocolate
Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Then in another bowl beat together eggs, sugar and butter until thickened.
Then pour in the dry ingredients and mix by just scooping the dough. Finally add milk and again mix it in without actually mixing the dough too much.
Bake in 175 Celsius/350 Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes.
The sun is shining but it’s cold (minus 17 Celsius/ 1,4 Fahrenheit) outside. Luckily, I found three bags of dried out marshmallows that I have supposedly bought for my friends bachelorette party that we celebrated in June. Well, I took these marshmallows as a sign… to bake (obviously)! I haven’t figured what I’m gonna bake yet, but I’m thinking cupcakes.
Did you know, that you could maybe renew the dried out marshmallows by putting a piece or two of fresh, moist bread and the sad dried out marshmallows in a plastic resealable bag? I didn’t but the internet told me.