Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Chocolate Cupcakes: Success!

Here are pictures from yesterday's baking spree. The cupcakes turned out perfectly, and I'm really happy about the results. I was in a hurry to get to bed, though, so they spent the night with my leftover cream puff shells in a moist cake box. Everyone has chocolatey sticky feet now because they were all standing on each other's heads. It doesn't matter that much as they will be iced and eaten soon anyway.

While the cupcakes were an absolutely perfect texture and taste, I still want to improve the recipe. These were light and springy and tasted very cocoa-y and were not unlike what you would find in a good boxed mix. I aim to make them slightly more dense and have a darker, richer flavor. I want to move away from the ready-made taste and to give them the personality found only in from-scratch recipes. In the future I want to experiment with liqueurs, herbs, and fruit.

For right now, though, I have a delicious and simple cupcake, and that is all that matters to me.

My next challenge is tackling white and yellow cakes and frostings. I'm excited, as I've never ever been able to successfully bake light-colored cakes without them turning out rubbery, crumbly, and rock hard, all in the same cupcake. An experiment the other day failed miserably, as the oven was (unbeknownst to me) way too hot. With my happy little thermometer to guide me, I'm ready to take this one on.

1 comment:

Garrett said...

Hey Hanna,
GOod luck on your bakery and creations. I cannot wait to keep reading about your journey. As for SF, check out Citizen Cake in SF, or the online bakery Whiskie Bits who is SF located.