Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Neapolitan Cupcakes- Ringing in the 4th BirthDay of TastyCurryLeaf

Dear TastyCurryLeaf ,
I know you are angry with me for neglecting you these days. This being the month of May I am savouring the last of the summer school break before the school reopens on June 1.

I know you are now thinking "she is  always like that Excuses,excuses,hmmmm". I accept (tears). I accept that I am clumsy and laidback and not so great in managing you. But that what I always am-Atleast all my well wishers (and detractors) say so :(

I know I am never around celebrating your birthday which is the last day of the holiday ie Today.Earlier I thought I would never be celebrating your birthdays at all. I remember you felt very bad those days when I went around wishing Happy Birthdays to all other yummy blogs and did not even look at you. To be honest I never thought you would be there with me so long -3 years is surely a long time. Can't believe we travelled together through different cuisines and tried and tasted several events and accidents together.And YES, I have already planned to do more of these in future.

This year I have decided to give you a nice treat -you know I love baking ok,WE love Baking. So.....

*****Stop Press***

 OK This is the private mail between CurryLeaf (ME) and TastyCurryLeaf(THE BLOG or TCL). I was about to post the cupcake when accidentally the blog took over and inserted the contents of the mail. I was just in time else it would have washed all the dirty linen in public -- err or posted a burnt cake should I say. Well for you dear readers ,look below for the delicious cupcakes that I presented to TCL on its 4th Birthday.

I have tried neapolitan cupcakes (OR black & white OR two tone) cupcakes where the 2-3 flavours and colours are present in the same cupcake. I decided to use my heart shaped cupcake pan for this and they turned out great for the occasion.I have adapted the recipe from How to Eat a Cupcake. I am not sure I got the layering perfectly,but the taste was GREAT.


Vanilla Batter:

Dry Mix:
All Purpose Flour: 14 tbsp
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp

Wet Mix:
Unsalted Butter: 1/4 cup room temperature
Sugar: 6 tbsp

Egg: 1 OR Ener G Egg : 1.5 tsp  + 2 tbsp pf water 
Vanilla : 1/2 tsp

Milk: 1/4 cup
Water: 1-2 tbsp more if using Egg replacer 

Chocolate Batter: 
Replace 2 tbsp of Flour with Cocoa Powder. Rest same as above.


Vanilla Batter: 
Mix the dry items together. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar at high speed till fluffy. Beat in the egg along with vanilla until combined. Beat in the flour mix and milk alternatively beginning and ending with flour at low speed until just combined. If the batter is too thick and if using egg replacer you can add in additional 1-2 tbsp of water or milk itself till the cucpake consistency is reached.

Chocolate Batter:
Same as vanilla batter. But reduce 2 tbsp of flour and whisk in cocoa powder with the dry items. 

Preheat the oven to 350F or 180C. Grease and flour a muffin pan or appropriate molds.Pour 2-3 tbsp of vanilla batter on one side of the mold.Fill the other side with equal amount of chocolate batter.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes until a tester comes out clean.Cool for about 5 minutes in the muffin pan or molds after which remove to a wire rack and cool completely. Mine were done at 22nd minute,but I was a minute late  in pulling them out.

Frost or ice as per you like. I served them as themselves,and also glazed the middle part with melted jam and topped with sprinkles.I also dusted the chocolate part with powdered sugar prior to using jam.

Drum Rolls please...........

Happy BirthDay TastyCurryLeaf

I know I am a bit laidback with you,but keeping fingers crossed that we can turn things around this year and also in future.Meanwhile enjoy the cupcakes.Have a Great Day.

The cupcakes are really simple to make and you can go for combinations like strawberry and choclate, or whatever you like.Mine do not have the perfect layering though. You can also make the horizontal partition rather that going for the vertical partition that I have tried.In case of former, you can go for vanilla -chocolate-vanilla layers so that choco part looks sandwiched between the vanilla parts. They turned out a bit spongy and soft-which was great.

Heres a broken heart ....


Indian Khana said...

Congrats dear ..wish you many more years of blogging ....cup cakes looks so gud

Divya Kudua said...

Happy Birthday TCL,see what has been baked to celebrate your birthday,so stop cribbing and enjoy the treat!!

Kudos to you Sweatha..what a lovely space!

mobile said...

It looks delicous and for sure i will give it a tray. I don`t think that this recipe it is very easy but you explained it very good so i will try. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Finla said...

Congragulation to your delicious blog and wishing you both many many happy delicious food years together.
Love love these cupcakes , they look so so good.

Bombay Foodie said...

Happy Blog Birthday! And that's one lovely birthday gift you got :)

Swathi said...

Nice exchange between blog owner and blog. Happy birthday to your blog baby. Looking forward to many more. Neapolitan cupcakes looks dleicious.

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, 4th birthday thats a large number, happy birthday to ur blog baby CL, lovely conservation, enjoyed reading..

Cupcakes looks damn addictive, irresistible and fantastic..

Unknown said...

wow, love them. Congrats on 4th anniversary dear. Those look super cute and a great innovation.

Jayashree said...

A very happy birthday to Tasty curry leaf.

jayasree said...

Happy Bloggy B'day, TCL.

The cakes looks perfect for the celebration.

Thanks for visiting my Blog

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