Friday, January 19, 2007

Orchid Cupcakes

While looking back over the past year I realised that I hadn't made any cupcakes. So I decided to remedy that situation immediately and set about looking for inspiration.

As an Australian, I think we've all grown up with the Australian Women's Weekly and their enormous library of cookbooks. For their range, quality and approachability - you just know the recipes will work and that all the information is there - they really can't be beat.

This recipe, which ended up being this blog's birthday (cup)cake is taken from AWW's Cupcakes - if you are a cupcake fanatic, then you really should get this book.

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Orchid Cupcakes
[Makes 6 large or 12 regular]

Lemon cream cheese cake
90 grams softened butter
90 grams softened cream cheese
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
150 grams/(2/3) cup caster sugar
2 eggs
50 grams /(1/3) cup self-raising flour, sifted
75 grams/½ cup plain flour, sifted

Lemon cream cheese frosting
30 grams softened butter
80 grams softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
240 grams/ 1½ cups pure icing sugar

Decorations
fresh orchids, or your favourite flower
tea-lights or small candles

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F and line your muffin pan with paper cases.

Place the butter, cream cheese, lemon rind, sugar and eggs into the bowl of a mixer and beat until light and fluffy.

Sift the flours together and then add to the mixture - beat on a low speed until just combined. Spoon out into the paper cases making sure you smooth out the surface.

If making large cupcakes, bake for about 25 minutes - small cupcakes will take about 25 minutes. When done, place them on a wire rack to cool.

Make the frosting:
Place the butter, cream cheese and rind into a bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add the icing sugar a spoonful at a time, beating well to ensure the sugar has amalgamated into the frosting.

Finish the cakes:
Using a palette knife spread the frosting over the cooled cakes - I like to leave a rough surface by pulling up on the knife to leave wave marks. Place in the fridge to set.

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When ready to serve - place a tea-light/candle in the centre and arrange the orchids (or your favourite flowers) around it.

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While the flowers and the candles are frivolous, the cupcake itself is more than delicious enough to be able to stand on it's own with a heavenly lemon scent that pervades both cake and frosting.

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10 comments:

  1. Beautiful cupcakes, Haalo! Love the orchid.

    I also agree with you about the popularity of AWW cookbook. I have many AWW books, and used them quite often for cooking ideas.... :)

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  2. Haalo, you should definitely bake more cupcakes - these are lovely! :D

    Every time I see the word "lemon" my head starts imagining the delicious flavor and smell... I love recipes with lemons!

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  3. Thanks Anh - it's hard to go wrong with orchids. The range in AWW cookbooks is impressive and they really do suit all people from beginners to advanced. There's also a reliability factor that exists and that some cookbook authors could take lessons from.

    Thanks Patricia - there are many in the book I would love to make and I may just have to satisfy those urges ;) If you love lemons you will love these cupcakes.

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  4. That's some lovely cupcakes you have there. Beautiful!

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  5. Thanks Angie - they were enjoyed by all.

    Thanks Chandrika!

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  6. Love your cupcakes!

    Paz

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  7. Wonderful - the photographs are brilliant. 'Orchid Cupcakes' - it doesn't get much better than that.

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  8. Thank you Margaret - much appreciated.

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