Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cupcakes Galore!

Hi fellow foodies and bloggers! I’m back from my 3-week holiday to Singapore and Chiang Mai and shall put up a post on that as soon as I have all the photos organized. Thank you all for all the sweet well wishes and kind words you left on my last post. While I was away, Nora B. of Life’s Smorgasbord awarded me the ‘Thoughtful Blogger’ Award. Thank you Nora, I’m honoured. I’m not very familiar with how this award goes but I think I’m supposed to pass the award on to 5 other bloggers. These bloggers are not necessarily food bloggers, though..

Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen
Mandy of Fresh from the Oven
Joy of The Goddess in You
Daniel of Messy Pastor
Belinda of Bel’s Fish Bowl

The Cupcakes on today’s post are the ones I made for Paige’s Birthday. You probably can’t tell by looking at them, but they are the mini sized ones so you don’t feel soooooo bad if you have more than one. To get a bigger and clearer view of them, just click on the photos. The recipe is pretty simple and the décor, well.. it’s really up to you what you want to top it with. I used jelly lollies, some sugar paste flowers I piped and lots and lots of different colored hundreds and thousands. So, which is your favourite?

Makes 50

250g salted butter, softened
200g caster sugar
1 tbsp finely grated orange zest
4 eggs, lightly beaten
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp orange juice

Orange butter Icing

100g salted butter, softened
2 cups Icing sugar
Enough orange juice to achieve a spreadable consistency
Food colors of your choice
Lollies and hundreds and thousands

Preheat the oven to 170C. Line your mini cupcake trays with mini paper cups. Cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the orange zest, then gradually add the egg, beating thoroughly after each addition. Fold in the sifted flour and baking powder as well as the orange juice. Stir until just combined and almost smooth. Spoon the mixture into the paper cups ¾ full and bake for 10 minutes or until the little cakes look golden. Remove the trays from the oven and wait 10 minutes before transferring the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the icing, simply beat the softened butter and the icing sugar until combined, and then gradually add the orange juice until you get the right consistency. Decorate the cupcakes as you please!


Ming_the_Merciless said...

OMG, the photos of the cupcakes are amazing!! I love the collages. They look like art pieces at a gallery.

And delicious too!!

Welcome back!

Mandy said...

welcome home! 50 cupcakes with individual designs! I can just tell how much TLC you have put into those cupcakes!

Sylvia said...

Hi Carol,welcome back. What lovely cupcakes.So cute

tigerfish said...

Wow, they are so pretty! I won't know which to choose if I were at the party. WOW!
Chiangmai sounds so much cooler than humid S'pore :O

Anh said...

Carol, welcome back! Your cupcakes are soo pretty. Love all of the designs you have there.

Kelly Mahoney said...

Wow, Paige is really lucky! You could make a poster out of these, it's that pretty.

singairishgirl said...

Oh wow, hope you enjoyed your holiday. Lovely cupcakes they are.

daphne said...

goodness me. That's alot of cupcakes!! So many forms of decorations as well.. *bewildered"

Daniel Indradjaja said...

It's good to have you blogging again Carol. Ming the merciless stole what I wanted to say right out of my mouth. My goodness..the photos are WICKED. They do look like art pieces at an art gallery. How did u do the blurred background? You must have a long zoom?

Thanks for mentioning my blog. You inspired me. Now if only I can take a writing course from you.

joy said...

I love these cupcakes. So delightfully colourful. Wish my mom was into baking - but she never was and she never will be. She's terrified of the oven! I know, that sounds odd. But she is one of the best cooks I know.

You are so sweet! Thanks for the award. What happens now? :D I need some guidance here.

Hugs and kisses,
The Goddess In You

Big Boys Oven said...

GOSH! Such a welcome coming back entrance..... I love it, your cupcakes looks so fantastically beautiful and colourful....so striking, looks like I can just take one out from my screen!!! Welcome back, miss you! :)

Oh for the love of food! said...

Thanks sweetie, you always say the nicest things!

Those cupcakes were made with a lot of TLC alright, just the decoration and cleaning up took about 3 hours!

Thanks, it's good to be home.

Thank you, it is difficult to choose when there are so many different ones! Chiang Mai was warmer than I expected, round about 30 deg c everyday I was there.

Oh for the love of food! said...

Thanks, I really enjoyed decorating them, and it's so nice to be home!

Thank you! I'm flattered you think so.

Hey there! thanks for visiting my blog and for the compliment! Hope to see you here again!

Thank you!

Oh for the love of food! said...

Thank you and you are too modest ! I could learn MORE than a thing or two from you about Blogging. The Blurring effect in the background happens when you take a picture of something really up close with a Digital SLR (I think!- I'm not sure if that's always the case. I'm still very 'green' when it comes to using this camera.

Thanks for the compliment. This award was started by a food blogger ( I'm not sure who though) to show her appreciation to other food Bloggers who have been helpful in some way, and then the receiver passes on the award to 5 other food bloggers. Since you are not a food blogger yourself, I guess you could leave it? I think I'm the first to pass on the award to non food bloggers.

Oh for the love of food! said...

BB Oven,
Awww.. that is so sweet guys! I'ts so nice to know you're missed. Cupcakes are more versatile in that way, you can make them really colorful and they'd be pretty, but imagine how gaudy a whole cake would look if it was this colorful.

Tying-D-Knot said...

Those cupcakes!!!!! Arrggh..make me hungry!!!! :P. Nice photos, look very professional.

Valli said...

I like the idea of mini one bite cupcakes. My hips will thank you!!! They look so pretty by the way. What a great idea!!!

Belinda said...

You are officially the best and most talented mum in the world!!! :oP

Those cupcakes (and photos of them) are spectacular - so colourful, bright and happy. I bet Paige's friends are still talking about them.

So glad to have you back and thanks for my award....I'm chuffed :o)

Would love to hear more about your holiday and can't wait to see the pics.


Belinda said...

Hi again! Just saw your comment on my blog. We head off 8 October. Hope the frog in your throat finds a new home soon ;o)


New Kid on the Blog said...

wow - colorful cup cake!!! am loving it!

Dwiana P said...

those cupcakes absolutely look yummy. make me want to get a closer look and eat them all LOL. good to hear you back:)

Kok said...

Glad you're back! Lovely cupcakes. :)

By the way, I'll be staying away from blogosphere for a while...

Ali-K said...

Which is our favourite? Now that's a tough question to ask. They are all lovely. I congratulate your patience to ice so many variations.

Nora B. said...

Glad that you are back - your trip must have been so much fun.

That's a lot of cupcakes to decorate. And all so very pretty. I would love to have a few :-)

You're most welcome (re: awards). It's good to see you pass it on to other worthy bloggers.

The Cooking Ninja said...

Welcome back! Those cupcakes are so beautiful and so so cute. Too beautiful to be eaten.

Moments said...

Woowww.... looks like a cake CATALOGUE!!!! :-)
Very nice photos, and u know what? i'm pretty sure i'm not the only one who says what i'm going to say... :

again, VERY NICE!! :-)

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yummy tots! said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

SteamyKitchen said...

Those are so cute! When I first saw the pic, I thought they were from a bakery!

Rasa Malaysia said...

OMG, tooo beautiful. I wish I can just click on the screen and they would appear in my mouth...whahahaha.

pom d'api said...

Waouuuuuu!! Your cake it's so bretty

Big Boys Oven said...

Carol, I just churned out 2 cupcakes and posted at my blog, hope you like them.

wita said...

Carol I just discovered your blog and I love it so much. May I link your blog please? I cannot stop staring at your mini cupcakes, they're just so adorable.

Oh for the love of food! said...

Thanks, I've got a lot to learn. I've got to pick Indra's brain!

Hi there, thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, I love mini sized cakes too, they always look more tempting!

Awwww.. that's the sweetest compliment anyone's ever given me, thank you!

New Kid,
Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you here again soon!

Thank you!

See you in a month!

I'ts not something that I'd make too often, though! I'ts way too time consuming.

Thanks, I had an awesome time! I will try to put up that post soon!

Too beautiful to be eaten? You must be kidding! I
couldn't stop those kids from wolfing them down!

Oh for the love of food! said...

Thanks for the compliment, I don't think a 'Cake shop' is on my 'to do list', though..

I get the drift.. It's coming SOON!

Thanks Darlings!

Thank you, they were really fun to make!

I feel the same way about the food you cook!

Pom d'api,
Thank you!

BB Oven,
You guys are so talented!

thank you for visiting my blog, and for the lovely compliment. Of course you may link my blog to yours, I am flattered!

Anonymous said...

oh for the love of food hihi awesome food.....thank you for the comment on my blog :)
i love all the cakes and cupcakes that you have there really cute and looks yummy hihihi....
oyah may i ask something?? where did you get the cupcakes cases the white one for the valrhona chocolate cupcakes with a double cream?? i like the cupcake cases but couldn't found it anywhere.....

thank you and i can't wait to see you on sunday morning at church.....:)

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WOW! Those cupcakes are just gorgeous! They all looks delicious!
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