Sunday 13 February 2011

Almond Cup Cakes with Seven Minute Frosting

These days if I go to a shop only thing i see is things which you can buy for Valentines day.
And I am like why is it that people make so much phoo ha for this day.

You see in the shops everything red, red rose, read fluffy heart a read bear with a whte hear etc.....the list of things can go on and on.
I am not against valentine day but I just think why there should be just one day to celebrate the love you feel for someone.
It could be also beeing married for 20 years I dont think you dont need a specific one day to celebrate your love for someone.

I just think the only people who gain from these days are shop people and ofcourse the person who get the gift.

I dont mind if we cook a good dinner on that day what I mind is the comercial side of it, were the shops is just like shouting to you buy the card, buy the roses, but something !!!!!!!!!!!!!

But then I think it is not because I don't like valentine day commercial side, that my blog should be punished :-)

This is one of the best cup cake recipe I have made. I make them and use it for different frosting.
All thought I thought the frosting  was a tad bit too sweet
1 cup (126 g )selfraising flour
1/2 cup  (126 g ) sugar ( I used 80 g sugar)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup ( 126 g) soft butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup ( 50 g ) ground almonds
1/2 tsp almond extract or to taste
For the frosting
1 egg white
3/4 cup (175 g) fine sugar
a pinch of salt
a pinch of cream of tartare
2 tbsp of coffee liqueur or strong coffee ( i used ligueur)
Preaheat the oven to 350° F or 180°c.
Put 10 muffin cases in a miffin tin.
Put all the ingridients into a bowl and beat untill well mixed.
Divide the mixture among the muffin cases and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or untill the cakes are well risen and springy to touch.
Remove the cakes from the tin and allowe to cool and then swrill the frosting on top.

To make the frosting.Put all the ingridients into a bowl and whisk together with a hand held electric mixer.
Stand the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk for 7 minutes untill the mixture stands in a soft peak.
Swril the frosting on top of the cake.
Last week hubby had gone to Goa for playing in a Music festival and he had met up with Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen well actually Aparna was so sweet to take him around  to various shops so he could buy somethings which I needed. And also to show him around a little bit of the place as he was just there for 2 days.

Ofcourse she also send me a bag of delicous things. In Aparna's words a touch of kerala and Indeed it was a touch of Kerala , there was chakka Varithathu, Tapioca chips etc...... if I am honest I have been not sharing these goddies with my hubby and daughter well I gave them to taste but the rest I have been hogging it :-) not that It is all finished, i still have more to crunch on.

She also send me a touch of Goa , a bunch of Goan masalas which I am so looking forward to cooking Non Veg dishes ane some other goodies, oh and then handmade papers which she send I dint even know such beautiful papers were there. If i ever get to Goa I am sure gonna visit that shop she bought from.
So soon my blog is going to have lots of Goan dishes. I still have to make the dishes so you all have to wait a bit. I tend to make these days new dishes when Shyama comes home for weekend from college so she can also enjoy them.


Chanchal said... the frosting so quick and presentable..

Nithu said...

Cup cake looks so delicious.

Angie's Recipes said...

My husband will definitely love those cupcakes! We are both big nut fans. :-))

Claire @ Claire K Creations said...

I am with you on Valentine's Day. I'm not against making the day a little special but I'm totally against all the stores benefiting from it. Any day could be show-someone-you-love-them Day!
Those cupcakes sound delish. I love almond in cake and it seems to make things last longer too (that's if I don't eat them all first!).

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Shama Nagarajan said...

inviting colour..perfect for Valentines Day

Ivy said...

We don't celebrate Valentine's Day either and I don't like the commercial side of it. The cupcakes are wonderful for any occasion and would love one right now.

Sanjeeta kk said...

As your blog name suggest your posts makes me happy always. With the bright colors and lovely decorations. Have a great day ahead, Finla.

Unknown said...

looks cute and so such a pretty colour

Priya Suresh said...

Waiting to see ur dishes with those Goan masalas, thats really so nice of Aparna..Cupcakes looks soo beautiful,elegant with a gorgeous frosting..

Pari Vasisht said...

The cup cake looks adorable and so is the frosting, lucky u to njoy all the goodies sent by Aparna.


jayasree said...

Looks gorgeous....

Anonymous said...

That's an interesting recipe. Which brand of OTG or Electric Oven you would recommend to buy in India, so I can try my hand at them?


Finla said...

Mallini I dont know about the oven in India,What I use here is a Convection Oven /fan oven.
You should ask the question to Deeba of Passionate about Baking or Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen s they are in India and they bake a lot so they cna help you with the correct answer.

indosungod said...

Looks so very perfect for the day.

Laavanya said...

Looks so pretty and cute - must be yummy too :)

Jamie said...

Finla, darling, you are so funny! These beautiful pink cupcakes show just how romantic you are, deep-down, no matter how you pooh-pooh V Day! Yes, we hate the commercial, cheap, trashy side of it, but we love the love and romance! If you say these are the best cupcakes then I really must try them! Happy non-V Day! x

Jayashree said...

Nice, quick looks so pretty.

Gloria Baker said...

Dear Happy Cook your cupcakes always are amazing and beauty! and these look perfect!! gloria

Cilantro said...

I am against the stores making it a big deal but anyways Happy Valentines Day!!!

Nic said...

How gorgeous the cakes are!
I'm with you on V day, I never line anyone else's pockets, it's so commercial these days.

Sarah Naveen said...

That looks absolutely delicious..
Happy Valentine's day

dina said...

yum, i love the idea of putting coffee liquer into the cupcake. i think i will try this just for fun rather than for valentines though as all that pink fluffiness makes me itch.

Unknown said...

Wow!! Yummy looking cupcake with easy frosting..liked the frosting recipe very much..will try soon

Cham said...

We don't celebrate V Day but my son exchanged cards & pencil to his classmates/teacher. About commercial not to mention so many teddies, chocolate and roses everywhere here....
I love the frosting is very pretty indeed!
Aparna has spoiled you with goodies :)

Raks said...

Cup cakes looks super cute and the muffin liner are so pretty,loved it :)

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

I like your girlie cupcakes!

Anonymous said...

>>You should ask the question to...
Thanks so much for your help!

Sharmi said...

so pinkish and lovely:)

sra said...

Yesterday on my mail someone had this as their status message: "Rs 50 per flower - Happy Wallet's End Day!"

ST said...

Gorgeous cupcakes...Love the color:)

Sunanda said...

Wow! so tempting cakes..I was searching for this only.. First time here.. wud lovre to follow you..

lissie said...

cup cakes are so pinky pink...perfect for Valentine's Day!

suma said...

The cupcakes sound delicious! I have realized that almond extract can transform the taste of a bake completely! And of course almond meal along with that will make it fabulous. Bookmarked!

Cakelaw said...

These are adorable! Hope you had a good Valentines Day.

Radhika said...

Frosting is so yummy. Glad to follow you.