Birthday Cupcakes For Fernanda

 What I didn’t mention in Birthday Cupcakes For Angelin is that I made ChOreo cupcakes (Why Choose When You Can Have Both?) with the extra chocolate batter and gave them to my friend Annie. I’d been meaning to make some cupcakes for Annie for the longest time but never got around to doing so.

Annie liked them enough to order a box of chocolate cupcakes with Pinkalicious buttercream, sprinkles and lettering to spell ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY FER’  for her friend Fernanda’s birthday. Thank you Annie!

What Annie didn’t know about is the immense stress, time, travelling and money spent on figuring out how to incorporate the lettering component as I had never done lettering before. I thought I could just buy ready-made sugar lettering but no such luck. This meant I would have to devise some way to make them. Let’s just say that if I were to expound on what I did and went through, this would be the longest post EVER. So I shall skip all that and say that I am not good at translating my penmanship into ‘writing’ with icing or chocolate. Those who can are gods to me. I am in absolute awe of your greatness. What I did end up doing; which I should have just done initially, was make a batch of sugar cookie dough and buy alphabet cookie cutters. More effort but when I saw the end result, I was so happy and proud of my work.

As I was experimenting with white chocolate earlier in the day, I coated the sugar cookies in some to make them prettier and tastier.

Coated in white chocolate and the birthday girl's name is decorated with silver pearls

I also added a little rose extract to my Pinkalicious buttercream to give it a more posh and grown-up feel. Rose and strawberry are a lovely combination. But be careful to add the tiniest drop as you do not want the rose to overpower the aroma and flavour of the strawberries.

I couldn’t get over how pretty Fernanda’s cupcakes were. Yes, I know they do not have intricate and cutesy fondant work but they were made with a lot of love and effort and most importantly you’re not eating a lorry-load of sugar which is what fondant is. I always cut down on the sugar in my baking as I want original flavours to come through and not just for everything to taste of sugar. I appreciate how you can do so much more decorating-wise with fondant but I cannot bring myself to use fondant based on how sweet it is.

Annie said the cupcakes were awesome and that the birthday girl liked them plenty. Pamela, another friend at the birthday celebration said they were delicious and very pretty. I love when my hard work pays off. I also love when my cupcakes make people happy.

I am very grateful to my friends who know about my little business and support it. I feel immense love for those who appreciate that I use quality ingredients in my baking and understand that is why my cupcakes are not cheap. Ingredients in Singapore are not cheap to begin with. Good ingredients cost even more. And you can taste when good quality ingredients are used. For those who can’t, I’m sorry for you…

For those who are cheap, buy cheap cupcakes and ‘enjoy’ them. I shall only bake for those who know that quality comes with a price.

For those who keep asking for freebies, I am so sick of it. I do not run a charity organisation. I do not work. This is my little project which stemmed from a new interest and love of baking cupcakes. My DCM funds it at the moment. The money made from sales barely cover my expenses as quality ingredients are used, prices are not marked up and I do not even charge for labour. If I want to bake cupcakes for you, I will do so. Asking for freebies is just plain distasteful.

With that off my chest…

This is what I did with the leftover white chocolate. I bought these molds ages ago and never used them till now:

And this is what I did with the pretty white chocolate hearts, some extra chocolate cupcakes and Pinkalicious buttercream for a bit of fun:

Birthday Cupcakes For Angelin

I received an order from my cousin Winnie to make 30 mini chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for her sister (also my cousin of course) Angelin’s birthday.

We had all been invited to a family friend’s place for pre-Christmas celebrations. Angelin’s birthday fell on that same weekend so Winnie decided to make it a joint celebration.

I wanted to make these cupcakes girly and pretty as well as sweet as Angelin who is one of the loveliest people I know. What do you think?

Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

I love the Waitrose sprinkles and these pink pearls I found! They are so pretty! It’s back-breaking work decorating 30 cupcakes but I did it! I love my decorating tweezers! It’s definitely one of my best buys and one of my treasured cupcake-making aides.

Angelin & her adorable daughter Amelia blowing out the candles.

The cupcakes were a hit! It was adorable seeing the little children at the gathering carrying them around and licking the frosting.

Why Choose When You Can Have Both?

I’ve always been tickled by the idea of a cookie in a cupcake. I wonder if the person who came up with the idea accidentally dropped cookies into cake batter and was too lazy to take them out or if it was one of those ‘I’m bored. Let’s try something funny’ scenarios. Whatever it is, I think the Oreo cupcake is a great idea!

I made some and I loved them! I love how the cookie retains its shape yet softens while the cream just suspends within the cake and adds another subtle dimension to the cake. I do not love how addictive it is.

Gg's Perfect Chocolate Cupcake batter

Yes I know I'm anal like that...

Chunky Oreo filling

Whole Oreo filling

Don't waste the extra cookies!

Ready for the oven!

Fresh out of the oven!

Love this poofy mini version!

I topped the Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes with White Russian buttercream and toasted almonds. I wanted to leave the ChOreo Cupcakes as is but to see a cupcake without frosting or any form of decoration just seems wrong. I was running a little late so I placed a mini Oreo on top of each ChOreo Cupcake just for nice.

My new cake & fruit stand for the dining table.

It seems Winnie and her colleagues enjoyed the cupcakes. One of them even said she loved them and would pay money for them! I received rave reviews for the White Russian buttercream too.

Get It Right

I mentioned that the chocolate cupcakes I made in Cupcakes For Caroline were not as chocolatey as my perfect chocolate cupcakes were so I had to bake a batch to make sure that I got them right the next time I made them proper.

Fresh out of the oven!
I wish you could smell these…

I tweaked the recipe a little and add lots for chocolate. Phew… I still got it. They are actually a little better than the original perfect chocolate cupcakes as they formed more beautifully. I also realised that my oven temperature is probably a little on the high side as the cupcakes cracked a little on the tops.

Slightly cracked but still beautiful

I think it’s important to experiment and practise to make sure things are either in tip-top condition or can be improved. Especially for a novice baker like me. I am definitely looking forward to making chocolate cupcakes again. I think I will very soon…

Cupcakes For Caroline

A friend of a friend (now my friend) ordered cupcakes from me! Thank you Caroline!

Chocolate cupcakes with Pinkalicious frosting, berries and silver pearls:

Double White Russian cupcakes with Hershey’s mini chocolate chips:

White Russians with extra Kahlúa brushed on

I was a little stressed as one my DCM’s brother was visiting, I had two flavours of cupcakes and frosting to make, frost all the cupcakes and get ready for my DCM’s company Christmas party but I managed.

I was well-pleased and so was Caroline (except for the chocolate cupcakes not being as chocolatey as they used to be due to a change in the brand of chocolate but that has been rectified so my perfect chocolate cupcakes are perfect again). She raved about the White Russians which I made as boozy as possible with extra Kahlúa.

I really appreciate the support and will continue to practise, improve and perfect my craft!

The Perfect Chocolate Cupcake

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz

Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” Michael Levine

Chocolate is not only a pleasant of taste, but it is also a veritable balm of the mouth, for the maintaining of all glands and humours in a good state of health. Thus it is, that all who drink it, possess a sweet breath.” Stephani Blancardi

Chocolate, of course, is the stuff of which fantasies are made. Rich, dark, velvety-smooth fantasies that envelop the senses and stir the passions. Chocolate is madness; chocolate is delight.” Judith Olney

There sure is a lot of love out there for chocolate. If you’ve read In Search Of The Perfect Chocolate Cupcake , you will know I do not share such sentiments. I am, however, very particular when I get a random craving for chocolate cake. I know exactly what I want and how it should taste. Sadly, I have never come across the amazing chocolate cake that metamorphosises in my head when such cravings strike. Therefore, when I was asked to make a chocolate cupcake, I knew I had to breathe life into that chocolate cake in my head. I have expounded on what I deem the perfect chocolate cupcake in Still Searching For The Perfect Chocolate Cupcake and I was determined to make it happen.

I did. I experimented and tweaked recipes and baked and threw away many failed chocolate cakes, until I achieved a cupcake that was crumbly, fluffy, melt in your mouth, moist and intensely chocolatey. To say any food is better than sex (unless you have really bad sex) is a crime. That term was probably coined by someone who had such bad sex all the time he or she had to resort to eating to take away the pain… What I will say is, if you’re a chocoholic, my chocolate cupcakes are as good as good sex! Giving someone some of these babies might even lead to sex (chocolate has aphrodisiac qualities)!

Fresh out of the oven!

Test cupcake. Crumbly, moist and soft

Cynics out there will say, “Of course she thinks they are great. She made them.”. That is true. But I am not the only one. Cynics will now say that my friends and family will say they are good because they do not want to hurt my feelings. That bit is not true. My DCM, not a sugar lover, likes them. My parents, not the pandering type, especially the Mumsy when it comes to cooking, think my chocolate cupcakes are good.

Gg's As Good As Good Sex Chocolate Cupcakes

My Auntie Maria and Uncle Dee are chocoholics, foodies and two of the nicest people I know. They always give constructive criticism. They seemed to really like the batch of my chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting I made as part of Uncle Dee’s belated birthday present. Auntie Maria gave one of my chocolate cupcakes to her mother (I call her Por Por)  who has been in poor health lately. I was told she finished an entire chocolate cupcake as compared to the usual half portion of cake  Auntie Maria brings home for her. That put a huge smile on my face.

As Good As Good Sex Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, a Blueberry & Milk Chocolate Shavings
As Good As Good Sex Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, a Blueberry & Milk Chocolate Shavings
The father says they look like breasts…

For the chocolate extremist, I’ve also made a version with chocolate chips. You will love. I can keep rambling but like they say, the truth is in the pudding.

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