Monday, November 7, 2011

Hootylicious Chocolate Cupcakes






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With the year-end school holiday round the corner, how about making some cupcakes with your kids at  home?  These yummy-looking chocolate cupcakes are much easier to make than they look.  First of all, the cupcake batter needs no creaming or whisking at all!  They must be the easiest cupcakes to make!  


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The "embellishments" added to the cupcakes are available from most supermarkets and are easy to assemble on the cupcakes, even for little children.  Probably, the hardest part is to twist and split the Oreo cookies into halves!  I'm not joking, that's how easy ^_^

First, let's start with preparing the chocolate cupcake.  The recipe yields very soft and moist cupcakes, not surprisingly, given the high ratio of butter/sugar to flour.

Ingredients
(makes 12 cupcakes)

(A):
120g butter, thaw to room temperature
75g chocolate chips
120g brown sugar
100g hot water
1 tbsp instant coffee powder (or 1 packet of 3-in-1 coffee)
1 tsp coffee emulco

(B):
110g plain flour
1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
25g cocoa powder
1 egg, beaten


Method:
1) Combine ingredients (A) in a bowl and double boil till smooth.  Leave it aside to cool.  Add in the beaten egg and mix well.

2) Mix plain flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder together.  Sift the flour mixture and mix well into the melted chocolate mixture.

3) Pour the batter into cupcake paper liners, about 70% full (the batter rise very well during baking, I filled about 80% full and the batter overflowed).  Bake the cupcakes in a preheated oven of 160C for about 35 minutes or till a wooden skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cupcake.

4) Cool the cupcakes completely before decorating them (Note: These chocolate cupcakes are very soft, you may want to put the cooled cupcakes in the fridge for 30 minutes to harden them slightly before decorating).

[Source: Richard Goh's chocolate mud cake - original recipe is doubled the above portion for one 10" round baking pan - bake for about 50 minutes to an hour at preheated oven of 160C] 



Get ready all the ingredients before starting to decorate the cupcakes


To decorate the cupcake owls:

You will need:
Baked cupcakes
2 Oreo cookies (per cupcake)
1 Maltesers chocolate ball, cut into halves (per cupcake)
1 M&M chocolate (per cupcake)
Buttercream (see below)

Method:
1) Twist and split the Oreo cookies.  The side with the cream will form the eye.  To make the ears, cut one plain side into half, then quarter.  You need 2 quarters for the ears.

2) Spread vanilla buttercream on the cupcake.  To make the eyes, place two cream-side cookies on the cupcake (cream side up) and place half a chocolate ball on each cookie.

3) Place a M&M chocolate between the eyes for the beak.

4) Put the quartered cookies above the eyes for the ears and pipe chocolate buttercream on the cookies (Note: Alternatively, for little children, you may want to spread some chocolate buttercream on the quartered cookies, then stick cocoa crunch cereal for the ears instead).

5) Use a toothpick and dab a small dot of vanilla buttercream for the white highlights on the eyes.


Recipe for buttercream:
240g unsalted butter + a small pinch of salt
120g icing sugar
80g milk
1/2 tsp coffee emulco, 1 to 2 tbsp cocoa powder (for chocolate buttercream)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence (vanilla buttercream)

Method:
1) Cream butter till smooth.  Add icing sugar gradually and beat till fluffy.
2) Add in the milk gradually and beat till smooth.
3) Take half portion of buttercream, add in the coffee emulco and cocoa powder.  Mix well and put in piping bag, fitted with star nozzle (no. 21).  Add the vanilla essence to the other half portion of buttercream.






Hoot... Hoot ..... I will be submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes! (November 2011), hosted by Min of Min's blog.




20 comments:

  1. So lovely, especially the last picture. You are very creative leh! Thanks for your entry :)

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  2. Soooooooooooooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuute!
    Seriously.

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  3. hahaa....these are super cute! Love it!!

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  4. Hahaha... so cute and looks funny!

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  5. I dunno what to say! This is so cute, so creative, so brilliant! And also thank your owl for putting advertisement for AB! Hehe! :)

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  6. this is so cute! some more the eyes got look left, look right, look up one haha.. really like the expression you've given.. thanks for sharing this creation!

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  7. Thanks pal. I saw these cute little owl cupcakes some time ago in the Internet, started out from some cupcake books. So when Min says " Enjoy Cupcakes!", I thought this is a good time to make these little ones. Plus, school holiday is coming, kids will enjoy making them. My girl had fun making it.

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  8. Yes yes they look at me and their look says: Take me eat me.Gorgeous;)

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  9. ooowwwww...i want! i want!
    really sooo cute!!! :)

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  10. mm thought i saw this from 6bittersweets before.. but cute anyway..

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  11. I find these owl cupcakes very cute too ^_^. Thanks Swee San for bringing me to 6bittersweets, very lovely blog and her owl cupcakes are very cute too.

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  12. They're so cute :D & you're very creative ;) Kids will definitely dig these ;D

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  13. Very creative! Not only kids, me too, love these cute owl cupcakes ... so adorable :)

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  14. These are adorable! :) I'm sure my kids would love to see and eat them too. hehehe...thanks for sharing.

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  15. These cupcake are very cute. My kids will ask from me if happend they see. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Hi, I planning to bake this cupcake for my daughter's birthday, do you think I can make it one day in advance? what I worry is the cookies. I might not be able to handle in the same day.
    Thank you for your sharing.

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