C is for Chocolate Crinkles

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For my 3rd A-Z Blogging Challenge entry, I will share our (my officemates and I’s) first attempt to make chocolate crinkles.

Disclaimer: We are not professionals. Lol.

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If you’re an avid visitor of my blog, you already know by now that I bake cupcakes from time to time. But this time, I tried my hand on crinkles as per my officemate’s request. It was a Valentine’s Day favor that I couldn’t say “no” to.

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Enough blabbering. Here is the step-by-step guide! Recipe followed: this one. We just improvised with the ingredients.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Ingredients:
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 granulated sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
2 eggs

Procedure:
1. Combine butter and cocoa powder in a microwaveable bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, then stir.
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2. Mix the chocolate mixture with sugar.
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3. Add the eggs one by one. Beat well.
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4. Add the flour and baking powder into the mixture. Stir with a spatula until it becomes a soft dough.
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5. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2hours.
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6. Remove from the refrigerator. While bringing the dough to room temperature, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
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7. It’s time to shape the dough! Form small balls by hand. Then, completely cover the dough balls with powdered sugar by rolling them on it.

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8. Place on the cookie pan after (or in this case, my muffin pan since I don’t have any cookie sheets. Ugh.) Bake for 10-15 minutes. After that, let them cool for 5 minutes.

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They weren’t what we’re expecting them to be, but they taste good. *thumbs up* I just wish they cracked more and were softer to bite. They’re not so hard; it’s just that they’re not chewy. Oh well. Beginners! I’m sure we’ll have plenty of time to improve our crinkle-making skills.

The hard work was worth it, though– my officemate pulled it all off and I think the girl appreciated the crinkles.

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Note to self: buy a cookie pan! Hahaha. Till the next baking session! 😉

Happy blogging (and baking)!
Jane

 

(Mis) adventures of a cupcake rookie part III: Coffee Cupcakes

The newbie baker is back! 🙂

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I’m actually a bit excited to share my third cupcake baking experience with you folks. Why? Because this time, I chose my favorite drink in the world as my cupcake flavor— and the outcome is really good!

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I looooooove coffee. I started appreciating its wonders when I worked as a part-time barista in Starbucks. Being exposed to different kinds of coffee beverages (pure black or Frappuccino) made me realize how amazing coffee really is. Since then, coffee would always be in my everyday routine. If I go on a day without drinking coffee, I feel kind of incomplete.

That’s why when I stumbled upon a super simple coffee cupcake recipe, I immediately saved it in my laptop and happily waited for the weekend to come… and here we are! (I owe my coffee cupcake knowledge to Divya of Easy Cooking (thank you so much!). Click the link to see her recipe and step-by-step procedure.)

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I really liked this recipe because I already have all of the listed ingredients! I’m still saving up for my Boracay trip next week, so the fact that I don’t have to buy anything really helped me (and my pocket) a lot. 🙂

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Okay, now the cupcakes. They were so easy to make and, in fairness, they taste great! Aside from their “mocha-like” taste, I really like the texture and firmness of the cupcakes. My past attempts weren’t so great— first ones were mistaken for brownies, and the second ones were “too airy and soft.” So I’m proud of myself for finally doing things right. 🙂

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Oh, by the way, these cupcakes are great on their own— frosting or no frosting. But since they’re a bit too plain for me (in terms of appearance), I decided to dip some of them on my leftover chocolate ganache. The taste is, well, acceptable, but I think I prefer the plain ones. Lol.

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So there… my third attempt to bake awesome cupcakes. Surely not the last time, too. 😉  Stay tuned for more (mis) adventures!

♥ Janey

Mis (adventures) of a cupcake rookie part 2: Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache

So the cupcake (mis) adventure continues…

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Last Saturday, I spent my “first weekend after work for 2014” in the kitchen. After my first attempt to bake a decent batch of cupcakes last week, I’ve decided to try again… still with chocolates.

Actually, I was planning to bake red velvet cupcakes because it’s my other favorite flavor, but I changed my mind because I’m saving up a bit. This month, I’ll be going to Boracay (first time!) with my officemates, so I’ll be needing lots of pocket money. Because I’m experiencing shortage in terms of cash, I’ve decided to make cupcakes out of my existing ingredients from last time’s attempt. Luckily, I still have enough flour, chocolates, etc.

For my second time in “mastering the art of being a self-educated cupcake baker,” I used Aikko Aragon‘s chocolate cupcake recipe from Our Awesome Planet. I made some changes in the ingredients and topping, but aside from that, I just followed her instructions. 🙂

About the changes, well instead of using chocolate chips for the ganache, I just used my existing SureBuy Bittersweet Baking Chocolate to save money. For the heavy cream, I used Nestle All Purpose Cream.

Meanwhile, my chocolate batter turned out nice. After filling all the cupcake liners, I giddily put them in the oven and watched them puff up. So much kilig feels.

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When I took them out, though, I was a bit disappointed. Yes, they were softer than the dark chocolate cupcakes (too soft, I think), but their tops looked kinda rough, cracked and crispy (but I guess that’s normal…?)

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Moving on with my life (LOL), I let it pass and cooled them while I was preparing my ganache. After countless manual beatings with my wire whisk, the chocolate ganache still didn’t meet the right consistency for piping; it’s too thin to put into the piping bag. Since it was getting too late, I decided to refrigerate it (and the cupcakes) and see what will happen on the next day.

The following day… disaster welcomed me as I opened the ref and peeked at my ganache. It became too thick and crumbly! I panicked for a moment (yes, typical me), then I thought of a way to make things work. I heated the ganache for less than a minute, took out the cupcakes (which turned out moist and a bit sticky), dipped some onto the ganache, and refrigerated them again.

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After almost an hour, they looked like this:

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I may not have pulled off the swirled chocolate ganache I’ve been dreaming of, but I’m still glad at how things turned out. Glazed cupcakes, anyone? 🙂

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In terms of taste, well… according to my “taste testers” at home, my chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache taste just right— not too sweet and not too bland. When I asked my sister, she just gave me a thumbs up. Works for me! Hahaha.

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Of course this is not the end of my cupcake adventure. If I have the time and money, I’ll bake my third set of cupcakes. (And by that time, I hope I get the frosting right. Lol.)

And yes, I know I’m not good with plating and food photography. Oh well… :3

♥ Janey

(Mis) adventures of a cupcake rookie part 1: “Frosting-less” Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Hi guys! 🙂

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So yesterday, I baked my first ever batch of cupcakes and… well, the results were quite above what I expected, but definitely lower than what they should be. But then again, it’s my first time so I’ll cut myself some slack. Hahaha.

For my first attempt to whip up cupcakes of my own, I decided to make dark chocolate cupcakes— my favorite kind of chocolate. I followed Sally’s Death by Chocolate Cupcakes recipe and, using my brand-new baking equipment and freshly-bought ingredients, went on with baking.

They say the first time is always the hardest, and I have to agree with that. Being a rookie with no baking experience whatsoever, I was a complete mess in the kitchen. I got so excited and caught up with what I was doing that I didn’t notice I was moving like a lightning. If we have a surveillance camera in our house, you would probably see how I handled my first baking experience. Hurry here, panic there, dirty dishes on the sink… not a good sight. But fortunately, I managed to get by and compose myself before finishing the batter.

I will not bore you with the bit-by-bit details of how I exactly did everything because I just followed the recipe mentioned above. Long story short, I put the cupcakes in the oven (12 of them), waited for a couple of minutes, and was amazed to see my first ever creation, puffing up the tray. When I pulled them out of the oven and took my first bite, I was beyond happy. “So that’s how a cupcake made by a beginner tastes like…” I thought while munching on its slightly-dry-but-edible glory. My first cupcake— not burnt or an epic fail!

And oh, my first batch of cupcakes are “frosting-less.” I had some problems with the frosting and I decided not to got for it.

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(What’s left of my first batch. Hahaha. Told you they’re “frosting-less!”)

Today, I took some cupcakes in the office and let my workmates taste them. In fairness, they kind of liked them. 🙂  According to them, my dark chocolate cupcakes are good enough for a first-timer, but tastes and feels like brownies instead of cupcakes. It feels good to know that you didn’t screw something up on your first time. The cupcakes are not perfect (not even close, I think), but they’re edible and still yummy, like what they said. Oh well… there will be plenty of next tries for me! 🙂  This is just the beginning of a colorful and hopefully-not-messy-but-definitely-bumpy ride to cupcake wonderland!

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Next flavor: red velvet! And this time, with a creamy and delicious frosting! Hahaha. Wish me luck, guys! 😉

♥ Jane
 
P.S. Any advice for a cupcake rookie? Let’s talk! 🙂

Frustrated baker

I like sweets. I’m the typical girl who goes gaga for chocolates (well now I prefer the dark ones), ice creams, cakes, and candies. If I have to choose between a healthy, very green-y salad and a sumptuous, moist chocolate cake, I’d definitely go for the latter. Even if I’m in a strict diet.

Yeah, I know. That’s why I keep on gaining weight. *sighs* Oh well.

Anyway, aside from the fact that I drool over sweets, I’m also developing an interest in baking cupcakes.

This began when I accidentally saw Cupcake Wars on TV. One day, I was just hopping from one channel to another, then I saw these stressed bakers trying their best to whip up delicious cupcakes. I was hooked on the show ever since. (Though lately, I haven’t watched a single episode because, until now, I don’t know its exact time slot on BeTV. Hahaha.)

And now, I’m currently glued to 2 Broke Girls (I know… I’m kinda late but, hey, I just had a copy of the whole season 1). Max (one of the lead characters) is a waitress in a simple diner, but is also a cupcake baker. As I continue to watch the show’s episodes, I become more enamored of baking cupcakes.

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Who wouldn’t be, right? Chewy, mouth-watering cupcakes coming out of the oven… sweet icing and little decorations that melt in your mouth… yummy gooey filling… everything about cupcakes fascinate me.

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(Source: my folder. Hahaha. Chewed on this baby while Meeka and I were on Vanilla Cupcake Bakery in Glorietta. My oh my, look at that sweet sweet cupcake!)

I think I want to give baking a try. I know it won’t be easy, but I still want to do it. I know I haven’t done any baking before (well once, but a dry and undecorated banana cake doesn’t count) and I’m not very experimental with flavors, but I think I can pull it off. All for the love of baking— and fulfilling one of my frustrations.

Wish me luck! And oh, I also wish for a complete baking set. Now I know what I want for Christmas. 😉