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Red Velvet Cupcakes from Ma Mere Maison & YuppieChef | Recipe

Here is something seriously yummy for a Friday! I came across this Red Velvet Cupcake recipe on the Yuppie Chef website this week – you can see the whole post and all the nice pics here. The recipe comes from Ma Mere Maison and (according to the comments on Yuppie Chef) is one of the best recipes out there!

I am yet to successfully pull this off – but I think a Friday afternoon is as good as any isn’t it? For extra sparkle, gold dust, edible glitter, red Maraschino cherries or crushed pecan nuts on top of the cream cheese icing will certainly go down well. Enjoy!

Red Velvet Cupcakes from YuppiChef

Main Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 80g butter (room temperature)
  • 200g white sugar
  • 80g egg (2 small eggs or 1 jumbo)
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 60ml water
  • 2 dollops red food colouring gel
  • 160ml buttermilk
  • 200g flour
  • 1 Tbsp spirit vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp bicarb
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • A pinch of salt

For the icing

  • 250g full fat cream cheese
  • 80g icing sugar (sieved)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

1. Turn your oven onto 180ºC. Put the butter and sugar into a freestanding electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer up to high and slowly add the egg. Leave to mix until you have a smooth mixture.

2. In a small bowl, combine the water, cocoa and food colouring and mix it until a paste forms.

3. Turn the mixer down to a slow speed and incorporate the cocoa paste into the egg mixture and allow it to mix completely. Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl to avoid uneven mixing.

4. Once you have a smooth mixture, slowly pour in half of the buttermilk and beat in completely. Add half of the flour and beat in completely. Pour in the remaining buttermilk and flour respectively and allow to mix to a smooth consistency.

5. Next add the bicarb, vinegar, vanilla essence and salt and beat until well mixed, turn the speed up once more and allow the mixture to really beat well making sure all the ingredients are completely combined.

6. Place 12 cupcake holders into your cupcake tin and distribute the cupcake batter evenly between them (the batter should fill 2/3 of the cup). If you are making a bigger batch and you end up with not enough to fill all the cupcake holes, fill the remaining ones with a little bit of water. This ensures that the heat distributes evenly through the pan, instead of scorching the outside of the few in that pan.

7. Put the cupcakes in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the sponge bounces back when touched. Leave to cool.

8. Time to make the icing. Beat the cream cheese until it has softened. For true red velvet cupcakes, you simply have to go with the fullest of full cream cheeses. You won’t regret it.

9. Beat in the icing sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, then add in the vanilla essence. Leave the icing to beat until a light and fluffy consistency has formed.

10. Put the icing into a piping bag and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Most icing bags don’t come with a handy stand so Lexi cleverly uses a Le Creuset container to prop the bag into while filling it with icing.

11. Once you’re finished icing your cupcakes you can use some red velvet crumbs to decorate the cupcake. For an extra bit of pizazz, gold dust is a fuss free trick. Just dip your finger in some and gently blow it over one side of the cupcakes.

ENJOY YUM!

> this recipe was taken from www.yuppichef.co.za and is originally from Ma Mere Maison.

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Roasted Nectarines with Vanilla Pistachio Yoghurt | Recipe Yum

As we start the year, many of us will have ‘lose 5 kgs’, ‘get fit’, ‘tone up!’ or something similar at the top of our resolution lists. Well to kick it off in a fun way, I found a stunning (and easy) recipe for a yummy yet healthy dessert on the Pick’nPay recipe website.

Impress your friends with this yummy dish 🙂 Have a happy & healthy day…

ROASTED NECTARINES WITH VANILLA PISTACHIO YOGHURT

Roasted Nectarines with Vanilla Pistachio Yoghurt

Main Ingredients

  • 6 nectarines, halved and pitted
  • 100 ml juice and grated peel of orange
  • 80 ml agave nectar, plus extra for drizzling
  • 50 grams pistachio nuts, shelled and roughly chopped
  • 250 ml low fat vanilla yoghurt

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  • Toss nectarines with orange juice and place cut-side up in a roasting tray.
  • Sprinkle with grated orange peel and drizzle with agave nectar.
  • Roast for 12-15 minutes or until heated through and caramelised.
  • Scatter with pistachio nuts, dollop with yoghurt, drizzle with extra agave nectar and serve.


More good ideas:

  • Swap nectarines with apple or pear wedges.
  • Add a generous handful of berries for the last 5-8 minutes of baking.
  • Agave nectar can be found in the health section at PnP. If it isn’t available use honey, though the GI won’t be as low.
  • Want more yummy and easy to make meal ideas? Check out Pick’n Pay Featured Recipes

Delicious Dessert Tables | Event Ideas

It’s a big thing in the US, but Dessert Tables are only JUST beginning to become popular in SA. While a table with your mom’s milk tart, aunt’s apple crumble and granny’s brandy pudding is great (for a family event), it’s taking this supposedly insignificant aspect of a wedding/event and turning it into a masterpiece!

The closest I ever got was displaying my wedding cake (a three tier dark and white chocolate dotted mousse cake covered in berries, blushing brides and a wire bicycle make for two on top) on a table with proteas and a beautifully ribbon-wrapped serving knife. If I could do it again and have the option for more than just cake, I might just go with one of these decadent dessert tables!

Together with your wedding/event theme, create a gorgeous table with beautiful vases, cake displays, trays and plates with seriously ‘attention-to-detail’ desserts. Check out today’s post on The Good Girls Guide for more awesome ideas 🙂

A High Tea in the Garden

A High Tea in the Garden | source here.

Green & Red Party Poppers

Green & Red Party Poppers | source here.

Butterflies and Colourful Candies

Butterflies and Colourful Candies | source here.

Sweet Love

Sweet Love | source here.

Babyshower or Birthday

Babyshower or Birthday | source here.

Wedding DIY Dessert Table

Wedding DIY Dessert Table | source here.

Lavender High Tea

Lavender High Tea | source here.

Beautiful Dessert Table Detail

Beautiful Dessert Table Detail | source here.