Posts Tagged ‘vanilla’

  1. Is there such a thing as too much caramel?

    The final post for tonight and then I’m going to hit the sack…

    Here’s a cupcake version of the popular traybake, Millionaire’s Shortbread. This consists of a richly-flavoured vanilla base stuffed with a large dollop of caramel, topped with a light (and finger-lickin’ good) caramel buttercream, and scattered with dark chocolate curls. I used De Ruijter’s ‘vlokken’ as they were in AH, and just about everyone in Amsterdam was weaned on their hagelslag, but I’m not blown away. The cocoa content is only about 36% and they have a weird slightly gritty texture. I’ll have a bit of a faff around with making my own chocolate curls to see if I can do better next time.

    Millionaire Shortbread Cupcake

    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Aside from the chocolate curls, this cupcake was a revelation, just proving that if in doubt add more chocolate and caramel, and it’s bound to taste better.

    Sticky Toffee Cupcake

    That's 18 pieces of chopped fudge, count 'em...

    And finally I tried out the chopped fudge decoration idea on the Sticky Toffee cupcakes and I reckon it works. Mark was disbelieving when I informed him that Sticky Toffee Pudding contained dates as he’d never spotted them, so replacing the chopped dates with fudge removed even the smallest visual clue that there might be something vaguely healthy about these cupcakes.

    And yes, I know, it should technically be chopped toffee, but have you tried chopping toffee? Life is too short…

  2. Vanilla schamilla

    vanilla dolly mixture sprinkles marshmallow

    Nothing boring about these vanilla cupcakes!

    These are three differently decorated versions of the classic Vanilla cupcake. Made with organic eggs, real butter, and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract, topped with a light vanilla buttercream and either mini-marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles or dolly mixture sweets (brought specially from England), they are anything but plain or ordinary.

    We’re eating these with coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, and if I’m honest, with a sneaky glass of milk just before bed as well. As with the Sticky Toffee cupcakes, the final product will be about 25% deeper once my new cupcake cases arrive next week.