Monday, November 14, 2011

Osmanthus and Honey Cream Cheese Cupcakes




Mummy... there are bees on my cupcakes!


BuZZ ...... BuZZ .....  have you joined in the fun for this month's Aspiring Bakers #13: "Enjoy Cupcakes"?  Still thinking of what cupcakes to bake?  No worries... you have up till end of November to bake, post your cupcakes and submit your entry to Min.  More details over here.  


Honey bees joining in the fun of this month's Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes (November 2011)


These bees cupcakes were inspired by the creations at Kraze Kitch Bakeshop.  I have thought of using Hershey's kisses or fondant to replicate these honey bees.  In the end, I used another method - similar to making cake pops, or in this case.... BEES POP (cos I wanted to make use of the leftover biscuits crumbs).

Similarly, there are several ways to make the honeycomb.  I suggest to use fondant as it is the easiest and gives the best results in terms of presentation.  Alternatively, you can bake some cookies in honeycomb shape and dust them with yellow crystal sugar.  I thought of a third method - waffle biscuits cut into trapezium shapes, glue them together using candy melts and sprinkle over with yellow crystal sugar.  This method is rather tedious, so if I were to make these again..... I think I will go for the fondant, though taste-wise, the waffle or the biscuit method should yield better results.


Steps in making honey bees and combs


Make honey combs from waffle biscuits

You will need: 
Waffles biscuits
Melted yellow candy melts or melted chocolate
Yellow crystal sugar

Method:
1) Split each waffle biscuit into half (to get thinner waffles) and cut the waffles into equal-length trapeziums (with angle of 60 degree at the wider length)
2) Glue six trapeziums together with melted candy melts/chocolate to form a honeycomb shape.
3) Spread some melted candy over the waffles and dust over with yellow crystal sugar.
4) Leave to dry completely.

Notes:  Check out Anncoo Journal on how to make coloured sugar at home ...... really cool!


Make honey bees from biscuits & cake crumbs


You will need: 
Cake crumbs and/or biscuit crumbs (I used a little cake crumbs and leftover waffles from above)
Melted chocolate (sufficient to mix with crumbs to form a dough)
Melted yellow candy melts
A little coating chocolate (melted)
Some almond flakes (for the bees wings)

Method:
1) Crush cake/biscuits into fine crumbs.
2) Add in sufficient melted chocolate to form a dough.  Place in fridge for about 30 minutes to slightly harden the dough for easy handling.
3) Take about 1 tsp dough and roll into a teardrop shape.  Put back into the fridge for 30 minutes.
4) Dip the shaped dough into melted candy and place on lined baking tray to set.
5) Pipe the eyes, a smiley face and lines on body with melted coating chocolates.
6) Stick two almond flakes on the bees.
7) Place in fridge to set till ready to use.


Notes:
1) I find that the candy melts is not really user-friendly.  It does not melt to a thin consistency for easy dipping, so you will find that the bees do not have a smooth surface.  I checked online and found that some added a little paraffin to the candy melts to achieve a nice smooth consistency.  I added about 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of Criso shortening to the melted candy, else dipping is basically impossible.  

2) Alternatively, melting and dipping in coating chocolate is much easier to handle.  So, at step 4 above, dip the bee dough into melted coating chocolate, set and then pipe yellow candy melts or butter cream on the body.

3) Sigh... after all these trial and errors, I think I should have just buy a packet of Hershey's kisses or use some fondant to make the bees!  But I must say these bees taste really good and fondant will not achieve the same good taste.  


Spongy cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting


Make Osmanthus Sponge Cupcakes
(makes about 9 cupcakes)

2 eggs
50g fine sugar
50g plain flour, sifted
50g melted butter
Pinch of dried osmanthus flowers

Method
1) Whisk eggs and sugar (add a tiny pinch of salt) at high speed for 5 to 6 minutes till stiff.
2) Fold in sifted flour and the dried osmanthus flowers.  Fold in melted butter till batter is shiny.
3) Pour into lined cupcake trays or cupcake liners and bake in preheated oven of 160C for about 15 to 20 minutes (test with skewer).
4) Remove from oven and leave to cool completely.


Make honey cream cheese frosting

30g butter, thaw at room temperature
60g cream cheese
1 tbsp honey
A small pinch of dried osmanthus flowers

Method: Cream all the ingredients together till smooth.


I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes (November 2011), hosted by Min of Min's Blog.





12 comments:

  1. They look so different and pretty:))

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  2. oooo... lovely buzzin here.
    I think I'll go for taste more than looks, so, I vote for wafer and not fondant :)

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  3. Thanks Dzoli, thanks for always dropping by my blog and leaving me with your lovely comments ^_^

    wendy: aiyo... these wafers are tedious. I forgot to add: You need to cut at 60 degree angle and of equal lengths, else you will end up with odd-looking honeycomb. Make cake must also do maths!

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  4. These are adorable! Very lovely and creative. :) My little girl kept saying bumble bee....when I was reading your post.

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  5. 这个IDEA很棒哦
    你太厉害了:)

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  6. wowow sooo cute. Love the cute bees on top :p

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  7. Thanks Amy.

    I love your idea of Kiwifruit & Lime cupcakes too. Very refreshing, instead of the usual cream frosting.

    鲸鱼:我没那么厉害啦, 也是在网上看到idea,再加上自己的想法做出来。

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  8. wow wow wow! how sweet is that? So cute, i love it!

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  9. WOoo...I love those little bees on top. You're very creative, made everything from scratch.

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  10. Hi, for the sponge u never state when add in the flower to mix

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    1. Thanks for highlighting ;) Please add together when folding in the flour.

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  11. That's awesome fong! Much more creative than how I did it! Wafers were brilliant! ☺

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