Think Conan O'Brien crossed with Prince Harry. With a little bit of hobbit thrown in.
A small Irish kid living in the Asia and the Middle East? Weird, eh? I know. When we first started dating, I couldn't get over the fact that he smelt like curry all the time. Nowadays, I'm really glad he lived such an eventful life. I am absolutely in love with the food of his childhood, and it's wonderful that I don't have a significant other who turns his nose up at new and strange foods. And, the best thing about Mr. C, is that I get to bake really tasty things for him.
- Bake It Pretty; a $5 electronic gift card
- Beanilla; Tahitian vanilla sugar & 3 Madagascar vanilla beans
- Hello Hanna; a pack of Sweet Stands cupcake stands
- Lisa Orgler; a handmade cupcake poster
- Miss Kitty Creations; a handmade cupcake charm of your choice
- Simply Caked; 600 brown greaseproof cupcake liners
- Sweet Cuppin Cakes; a prize pack worth $25
- Tundra Books; a selection 3 very sweet children's books
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 egg whites
Large pinch cream of tartar
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup pistachios, finely chopped; reserve 2 tablespoons for decorating the cupcakes
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together your cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cardamom powder. In small bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, yolks, and vanilla. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring slowly with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. Your batter will be incredibly thick, but don't worry. We'll fix that later.
2) Place your egg whites and cream of tartar in a chilled bowl and whip with an electric mixer. Mix until foamy, add the 2 tablespoons of sugar, and keep on mixing until it is glossy and is able to hold stiff peaks. Take about a half cup of the whites and really mix it into your batter to lighten it up. Then, very carefully using a spatula, slowly fold the rest of the egg whites into your batter. Fold until there are no white streaks left. Add your pistachios, and fold one or two times to mix evenly.
3) Scoop into cupcake papers and bake for about 15 to 17 minutes - or when the top of your cupcake springs back up when you touch down on it slightly. Set out to cool while you make the frosting.
Rose Water Swiss Buttercream
4 egg whites
¾ cup sugar
2 sticks butter at room temperature, cut into small pieces
1 ½ teaspoons rosewater
1-2 drops pink food colouring
1) Over a double boiler, whisk your egg whites and sugar until all the little sugar bits have been incorporated. Take off the heat.
2) With your electric mixer, mix the egg whites until cool, about nine minutes. Start adding the butter, one at a time, while you whip. At one point, you will hit the "curdled stage" where you will wonder why it looks so lumpy and curse my name for giving you this recipe. But, fear not. This is all part of the plan. Whip the heck out of that bugger until smooth and add the rosewater and food colouring. Pipe on your cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with the reserved pistachios.