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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing and Chocolate Ganache

HIYC Youth Night


On Sunday, our local Islamic Center held a Youth Night for sisters only...a night filled with plenty of food, fun and games, a little bit of dancing, singing and of course, scrumptious cupcakes! How can you party without cupcakes?


HIYC Youth Night


I made Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache and Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing and a little bit of Raspberry jam in each. I piped the icing in a rose pattern and topped it with pink daisies. Aww. 


HIYC Youth Night


I came early to drop them off, unfortunately, about 20 or so cupcakes dropped on the floor while we were stacking them on display. Oh well! Alhamdulilah I made so many there was still enough for the whole crowd. These things are bound to happen, sometimes it's in our control, sometimes it isn't. No need to fuss over it inshaAllah. 


HIYC Youth Night Cupcakes


SubhanAllah I think the beauty of Islam is beyond words. The hijab is truly a shield to protect us from the gazes of men. It is a blessing that we have been told to cover our beauty and lower our gaze in public. Cause if men knew how sisters look without their hijabs...there would be lots of trouble! The girls looked drop dead gorgeous on the night, mashaAllah. It really is amazing how women can look absolutely stunning one minute, and look so modest the next when it's time to go out...and the world will never know. Amazing.


HIYC Youth Night Cupcakes

I want this adorable cupcake stand.


HIYC Youth Night

There were two chocolate fountain on the night! By the time I got to the dessert table, it was all

GONE.
Too good. 

HIYC Youth Night Balloons

What's a function without balloons?


Chocolate Cupcakes
Adapted from Chokylit
Makes 26 cupcakes

Ingredients
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs

Method
Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Place cupcake liners in muffin tins.

1. Measure out everything but the eggs directly into your mixer bowl.
2. Mix on low speed just until incorporated.
3. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs, beat on high speed again for 2 minutes.

Measure out into cupcake pan lined with cupcake papers. A 2″ ice cream scoop works great for this. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly in the pan then transfer to a rack to cool completely before frosting.


Soft Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Adapted from Chokylit

Ingredients
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk

Method
1. Beat butter at medium-high speed until creamy.
2. Sift powdered sugar into the mixer bowl (right on top of the beaten butter). Beat to combine.
3. Add the vanilla and the milk. Beat until combined.


HIYC Youth Night


Vanilla Cupcakes
Adapted from 500 Cupcakes & Muffins
Makes 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes

Ingredients
225g unsalted butter, softened
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla power

Method
Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Place cupcake liners in muffin tins.

1. Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with an electric whisk until smooth and pale, about 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Spoon mixture into the cases. Bake for 20 minutes.
3. Remove the tins from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Then remove the cupcakes and cool on a rack.

Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. 


Chocolate Ganache
Adapted from Masterchef

Ingredients
400g double thick cream (The original recipe used 500g but found that it was too creamy, so I'd reduce the amount of cream next time)
50g glucose
450g dark or milk chocolate, fine chopped
100g unsalted butter, chopped (Original recipe used 175g)


Method
1. Place the cream and glucose in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil.
2. In a large heatproof bowl, place chocolate, butter and 2g salt. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir well with a spatula until melted and combined. Don’t use a whisk as it will create unwanted air bubbles. Cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge to chill. Transfer the ganache to a piping bag.


HIYC Youth Night


6 comments:

zahra said...

you are amazing mashallah! this is by far the best food blog i have come across!

Love and Sugar said...

aww mashaAllah jazakAllah khair sis :)

Amnah said...

Mashallah those cupcakes look amazing. I wish I had your pipping skills. Very beautiful pictures. And I love a good girls only get together :-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

рεяfεcтℓγ▪ιмpзяfзcт said...

:O I'm hungry.
:O Those are beautiful
:O I will try and make some
:D

brave chickens said...

My mum's been asking when I'll be making these. She compares all cupcakes and muffins to yours! (Which is a humungous compliment from my mother who eats sweets rarely). Even the icing was... tres delicieux. Miam Miam :D

HIJABS AND CO said...

ohhh, yummy shot!!

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