Phew! I’ve never worked so much with chocolate. I’ve melted slab upon 1/2 kg slab of chocolate, both dark and white, in the last one week. Five slabs so far and many more to go. Reason being my little son’s first birthday next week. So there are boxes upon boxes of moulded chocolates waiting to be packed.
Then I experimented with a few new vanilla cake recipes. You can’t leave it to providence to help you get it right on d-day, right? So, I tried. Then I tried harder. It is funny how I just couldn’t get the very basic things right! Perfect cake recipe not in place? No worries. “Let me try my hands at cake decoration instead while I keep searching for better recipes for the cake,” I thought.
So, last weekend, I started with the star tip on a crumbling cupcake that was fighting hard to keep shape. My nephew simply turned up his nose at the crazily-decorated stuff I offered to him. It took a lot of coaxing to get him to even taste it.
“Aunty, I like the icing. But why’re you wasting time in trying to make designs on the muffin? Just cut it up and make a sandwich with the icing. It will look better that way.” Lesson learnt: five-year-olds are a smart lot. So here’s some cupcake sandwich. Next time you’re struggling with decorating a cupcake or are short on time, you know exactly what to do!
Btw, if any of you have fool-proof vanilla sponge/cake/cupcake recipes (without condensed milk), please leave the recipe or link in the comments. I’ll try them out! on
This is my first entry this week for Blogging Marathon (Edition 26, Week 2), Stay tuned for other sandwiches without bread!
Cupcakes – 4
Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp
Powdered sugar* – 5-6 tbsp (plus or minus some depending on how sweet you want it and how sweet your cupcakes are)
Butter (softened) – 1 tbsp
Dark cooking chocolate – 30-40 gms
Milk – 1 tbsp
Halve the cupcakes and keep aside
Sift cocoa powder and sugar together
Melt chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in a microwave in 10 second increments on medium power
Mix butter and melted chocolate and add it to cocoa-sugar. Mix thoroughly
Add milk a teaspoon at a time to get the consistency you desire**
Apply on cupcake bottom and sandwich with the top halves
* I used sugar powdered at home without sieving it. It gives a crunchy effect that we love. But
use icing sugar instead if you want a smooth filling
** I made a thick filling and used just 1 tsp
I’ll you with some images of some of the cupcakes that turned out ok, sans decoration of course!
Disclaimer: These are purely for post-beautification purpose. Any distraction from my culinary disasters are purely incidental