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Nasi Lemak Cupcakes

This creation is made possible for Stephanie and her husband, Kelvin. I had asked for “weird ingredients” to work with and they offered to let me experiment with this small jar of anchovy paste they had brought back from South Africa. I’ve been dragging my feet over working with this ingredient for a while due to work and I’m glad that I’ve finally gotten round to it.

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Honey & Brandy Cupcakes

I do apologise for being so tardy with my updates on this blog. I’ve been busy with work and have just returned from a 2-week break in the UK. FInding the time to bake is becoming increasingly difficult with the projects we’re getting at Material World. Even when I do find the time to bake, I often find it hard to blog about it after.

I was determined to create something this weekend. Initially, I had planned to “practice” making a wedding cake – I’d offer to make a friend her wedding cake as a gift. Unfortunately, one of my springform pans is missing a base. Frustrated that so much time was wasted searching high and low for it, I decided to fall back on making a batch of cupcakes.

We bought a batch of raw honey from Camden Lock Market. I was curious to see how they would taste in a bake. I selected this honey from Greece that is supposed to taste of oak (although I would have no idea how oak actually tastes like). Continue reading

Banana & Choc Chip Cupcakes with Peanut Butter & Jelly Frosting

I discovered peanut butter pretty late in my life. But it was love at first taste. For me, I prefer the crunchy variety more than the creamy ones. I mean, seriously, it’s peanuts! Nuts ARE supposed to be crunchy, no? The creamy ones just taste over-processed. This recipe uses crunchy peanut butter – unsweetened. The jelly part of the frosting involves mixing your favorite berry jam into half the buttercream.

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Goma Cupcakes With Matcha Swiss Meringue Buttercream

I’ve been planning to make a black-colored cake for the loooooonnngest time. I mean … BLACK is my favorite color, after all.

So after some research, I discovered that one of the more common ingredients used to make desserts black is goma (black sesame). So at lunch on Sunday at the neighborhood organic vegetarian bistro, I got myself a can of 100% black sesame powder.

Black sesame is apparently a health food. According to the Compedium of Materia Medica, taking black sesame seeds can heal all the chronic illness after 100 days, improve skin tone on body and face after 1 year, reverse gray hair after 2 years, and regrow teeth after 3 years. I’m not sure if it’s really that awesome but I love the smoky, nutty flavor.

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Strawberry Cupcakes with Basil Swiss Meringue Buttercream

While everyone seems to be naturally talented at making cupcakes, I struggled with them because I was seriously put off by the frosting. The most common method used for frosting, it seems, was to use LOADS of icing sugar and butter. I hated the idea of ingesting so much sugar and so, whenever I attempted at making frosting, I would skimp on the icing sugar. The result of that? Frosting that was waaaay too soft.

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