Category Archives: Baking: Cupcakes
Anyone who loves drinking fruit juices would definitely have heard of Florida’s Natural Orange Juice. Made from only the freshest Valencia Oranges that have spent almost an entire year soaking up the Florida sun and squeezed to make 100 percent pure premium quality pasteurized orange juice, this is the closest thing you will get to drinking an orange from a cup.
But Florida’s Natural is not only known for their orange juices. The growers have since expanded their selection of juices to also include Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, Apple Juice, Lemonades and even mixed juices such as Orange Pineapple and Cranberry Ruby Red Cocktail, all of which are freshly squeezed and NOT made from concentrate.
Thanks to the team at Florida’s Natural Singapore, I was extremely fortunate to receive a sampler pack of their top 5 most popular juices: Orange (No Pulp), Orange (Most Pulp), Ruby Red Grapefruit, Apple, Orange Pineapple as well as a bag of their sweet juicy Valencia Oranges – the very same oranges used to make their juices!
I had one too many funny reasons for making these pretty little things..
The first, I have been dying to use my newly bought orange polka dotted cupcake holders. The second, there had been a sale on blueberries in the market and I bought too many punnets, could not finish them and ended up having to put them into the freezer to increase their shelf life. And the third… I had a lot of cream cheese frosting left over from the time I made these Red & White Cake Pops for National Day!
Oh yes, and my hands were simply itching from not baking for the last 2 weeks.
Okay that was a lie because my younger brother just asked me at 8pm last night if I could bake something for his Teachers’ Day class party which was happening today. So, I whipped out my usual Double Chocolate Chip Fudgy Brownie which by the way, is now my go-to brownie recipe because everything is mixed, baked and washed up in an hour. And the result is a darn good brownie, if I may say so myself. Actually everyone else who has tried it has said so as well =P
But you can be your own judge and make it yourself. You’ll love it too.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
Today is the most important day in the church calendar for all Catholics because Jesus is risen from the dead! This also signals the end of the Easter Triduum which marked the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection which began on Maundy (Holy Thursday). Easter Sunday is therefore a celebration of the very essence of our Christian faith because we have a God who willingly became a man on earth to die for our sins and rose again 3 days later.
And this brings me to my bake of the week- Good ol’ healthy carrot cake filled with fruit, made sinful by the large dollop of cream cheese frosting and topped off with a Cookies N Creme Easter egg for the occasion.
I never quite understood the tradition of Easter eggs. I only knew that I used to look forward to Easter egg hunts that IJ would plan for us on Easter Mondays back in primary school. We would head downstairs to the canteen and common areas at our stipulated timings cohort by cohort to search for the Easter eggs the teachers had hidden for us. The winners would then be rewarded with chocolate Easter eggs. Unfortunately I was never one of the lucky few :(
And now that I am all grown up, I can buy my own chocolate Easter eggs but alas, it’s never quite the same. I think next time if I ever do have my own kids, I’ll plan Easter egg hunts for them every Easter Sunday and that will be our own special way of celebrating Easter- that is of course after attending mass!
Nothing spells Valentine’ Day better than Red Velvet cupcakes- red and sweet with frosting topped with a heart shaped sprinkle. Yes, Red Velvet and Valentine’s Day should be synonymous. Why? Because looking at these seductive red sexy things certainly puts one in the mood for lurveeeee doesnt it?
Almost everyone Ive known has baked a Red Velvet cake/cupcake/cake pop before so I knew I had to jump onto the bandwagon as well to see what the craze was all about. And what better occasion to bake these lovely luscious looking cupcakes than Valentine’s Day in conjunction with February Sweet Adventures Blog Hop- Love at First Bite!
Sorry for the lack of updates for the last 2+ weeks. I cannot believe it’s February already. Did January just fly by without me noticing? Still, it had been pretty crazy with multiple flare ups and bed-ridden days but of course not forgetting the many CNY reunion dinners with the lou-hei and steamboats. Dad and mum were sweet enough to drive up to KL for a weekend where we stayed at the Sheraton and since dad was a member of the Starwood Hotels, we were able to enjoy some privileges- free flow of Hors d’oeuvres every evening with pots of TWG tea, enjoying breakfast in the lounge with the lovely view from the top in the mornings. It was a nice break with the family..
Anyhow with all the craziness of Christmas and Chinese New Year, I had not been baking at all so my swollen arthritic hands were starting to get itchy and I decided to get back to my oven and make something special for everyone who had been so sweet and looking after this sick child all this while.
I stumbled upon this Ferrero Rocher cupcake recipe and was thrilled at the idea of cutting open a cupcake and seeing a ferrero rocher chocolate ball inside (little things in life excite me) so I decided to try it. I made 2 batches of 6 big cupcakes and did not realise I had so much remaining batter left! Ended up making chocolate minis (about 46 of them) which turned out to be a terrific idea because the chocolate minis were delish and fluffy.
And of course I wanted an excuse to use the new baby that daddy had bought for me last Christmas!