Sunday, 25 April 2010

Choco Orange Cupcakes

Admittedly, I'm new to the whole choco orange sensation...why this combo took me so long to stumble upon, I will never know. This week's blog was inspired by Twitter Mate Sarahs_Scribble and Telly Show 'Something for the Weekend' - both of which filled my head with images of orangey cakey goodness. I'm happy to oblige:

Choco Orange Cupcakes
(eat your heart out jaffa cakes!)

1 Chocolate Bar (100g Chopped)
1 & 3/4c. Flour
1/2tsp. Baking Powder
1/4tsp. Salt
1 & 1/4c. Granulated Sugar
1/3c. Vegetable Oil
2 large Eggs
1tsp. Vanilla
2 Medium Oranges (For Zest & Juice!)

Put your chopped Chocolate pieces into a heat-proof bowl, then place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Leave until melted and smooth. (This will be added to your Chocolate Mixture later.)

For the Base Mixture:
In a large bowl, sift together the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt, then set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the Sugar, Oil, Eggs, and Vanilla. Then using a hand blender, slowly pour your dry mixture into the wet mixture and blend until all is well incorporated.

Now divide your existing mixture into two separate bowls - One bowl (for the Orange Mixture) should have 3/4 of your Base Mix, whilst the other bowl (for the Chocolate Mixture) should have the remaining 1/4 of your Base Mix.

For the Orange Mixture:
Blend the Zest and Juice of two Oranges into the larger portion (3/4) of your Base Mixture. Set aside. (This mixture should come out thin - like your typical cake mixture.)

For the Chocolate Mixture:
Fold the melted Chocolate into the smaller portion (1/4) of your Base Mixture. Set Aside. (This mixture should should have the texture of cookie batter.)

Assembling it All:
Place paper liners a cupcake tin. Then, spoon the Orange Mixture into each of the paper liners until 1/3 full. Next, using a teaspoon, place a dollop of Chocolate Mixture into the centre of each cake.

Pop your cakes into the oven at 180C for 12-18Min or until cakes are firm to the touch.

The cakes should should be spongy on the outside with a chocolate cookie centre. (Re-heat in the microwave to turn the cookie centre into a gooey chocolate surprise!)

Until next time....


Sunday, 11 April 2010

Nummy Nanner Bread

Banana bread is one of those little treats that I've loved ever since, well...forever! Sad to say, I lost my fool-proof recipe (which I've used for the last several years - but not often enough to memorise it...) after our move. *tear

Yesterday I experimented with an online recipe which turned out toooooo sweet. I won't even quote the source for fear of giving ya'll the 'betes- bless 'em for tryin.

Today called for a do-over. Rather than hanging my head in shame after losing my recipe, I donned my pinny and experimented with my own recipe. This is what I ended up with:

Nummy Nanner Bread
(Vegan Friendly!)

2c. Flour
2tbsp. Baking Powder
Dash-o-Cinnamon (optional)
3 Ripe Bananas
2/3c. Applesauce
2tbsp Sugar
3tbsp Vegetable Oil

Mix the Flour, Baking Powder, Cinnamon & Salt in a large bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, mash up your Bananas until they're nice and gooey. Then, mix your mash together with the Applesauce, Sugar, and Vegetable Oil. Slowly add the existing Flour mixture to the Banana mixture - stirring until all is well incorporated.

Spoon the mixture into a buttered bread pan, then pop it into the oven at 180C for 50-60min (I use a knife to test if the loaf is fully cooked - just slide your knife into the centre of the loaf, if any gooeyness comes back on the knife, then leave it cooking a few more minutes!! So on and so forth...)

Until next time...


Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Blueberry Beauties

As ya'll may recall, several weeks back I went on a mission to find blueberries...only to come up empty handed. (Which ended up a great thing, b/c them marble cakes were mighty tasty!)

This past weekend I decided to return to my original quest which proved quite successful...well, successful minus a little butter explosion in the microwave...

Blueberry Beauties

freshly rinsed


ready for the bakin'

moist little muffins

Until next time...