Sunday, 4 November 2012

"Shubh Deepawali"...say it with these yummy chocolaty cupcakes!!

With only few days left for diwali, my house-hold is buzzing with a flurry of activities. There's sweets to be made, cleaning to be done, "diwali-parties" to be organized and synced with friends and family , getting the 300 or so "diyas" down from the attic, and an equal amount of mini-candles to be placed in them, for that ethereal glow around the house on the night of diwali.....phew..see there's lots and lots that needed to be done before diwali, but lets take a break and enjoy a sinful moment with these delightful chocolaty babycakes.........




Last week, one of my "baking buddies" from my baking course asked me and some of my class-mates,  if we'd be interested in attending a fondant workshop?  I m so glad that we decided to go, we had a lovely afternoon and learned heaps from this awesomely creative and ever-so-helpful lady Natasha (guys please check out her Facebook page Eye Candy Cakes and Cupcakes, you'd be bowled over by her creations).

                                                   We did these cute Christmas cupcakes

Natasha is the proud owner of a budding bakery business, Eye Candy Cakes and Cupcakes, and she also conducts workshops for the baking enthusiasts. If interested, you can get all the information needed from her Facebook page.
After coming back home, I was so charged up that immediately went out and bought the "fondant buckets" to get started on my own project. And since diwali is just around the corner, I decided to experiment with these diwali-diyas. I know its a bit rustic and needs more finesse, but hey m working on it! In fact my Mother-in-Law also helped me out while making these. Watch out this space for more diwali-cupcakes :D.







Chocolate Cupcakes

Adapted from Natasha's recipe
Ingredients:
3/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup caster sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup beaten curd (I used homemade curd)

Method:
Preheat oven to 160 degree Celsius and line 12 cupcake tins. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour and baking powder, set aside.
In your mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then beat in the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with curd.
Por the batter into the prepared cupcake tin, filling each tin 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centres comes out clean, around 20-25 minutes.
Cool in pan for 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

8 comments:

  1. Your cupcakes look so festive and just the right sin for Diwali!! Love the amazing cupcakes you made from the workshop..I wish I was in mumbai to join such amazing courses. If you know some in Kolkata...do let me know. Happy diwali to you and family.

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  2. This would make a beautiful gift dear

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  3. so beautiful!!! love the designs and the decorations and the cupake!!
    Sowmya
    Ongoing Event - CWF - Whole Wheat Flour

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  4. Your Diwali cupcakes are gorgeous! The Santa ones would be perfect for Christmas!

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  5. I LOVE this post full with colors & so festive! Great job on the cupcakes. They are gorgeous ! :)

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  6. Hi Anuja, wow.... lovely cupcakes, they look sooo cute. Great job, very neat and creative too.

    Have a nice week ahead. Hugs to you.

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  7. Hi Anuja,
    That is a lovely Diwali cupcakes.
    Love your Christmas version too.
    Decorating cupcakes with fondant really have lots of fun.
    Have a great week ahead.
    mui..^^

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Happy baking! :)

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