2010-04-27

Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Writing the first line of your first blog is harder than writing a thesis or book. I'm extremely self-conscious right now, hoping it to fade away as the journey of new conversation evolves. Will slowly unfurl my thoughts, experience and how I came up with such a far-fetched idea.

                                                        Gorgeous blend of two dark yummies

As in India, any new beginning or idea will be followed by sweet distribution, symbolizing spreading of happiness and welcoming goodness. Can there be anything other than chocolate raspberry cupcakes that I could start with?

                                                       In they go into silicone cupcake tins

One common question I have been asked lately, are you doing your PhD in baking? Wish I could have answered yes! Doesn't mean I dislike Physics, but it's the final stressful year that makes me frustrated. Finland my first trip abroad landed as naive PhD student, hardly did I have any basic experience in cooking, and days went by, nothing improved other than my phone bill. kept questing mum endlessly for anything and everything I cooked. Million thanks for your patience mom and to food blogs for egging me on to cake baking. Yes today am doing my masters thesis on cooking :D

                                                                Getting cooled to be crowned

Dark chocolates with cherries and raspberries are my personal favorites. Fresh berries? forget about it, it's the never ending winter, managed to get good frozen handpicked berries from local stores. Found quality of cranberries, lingonberries, and blueberries enticing me to use them in various forms.

                                                                      Lined up for photoshoot


Usually I go with light sponge cake but heavily crowned with chocolate ganache and guiltily get indulged. With delightful combination of sourness and chocolate you will notice freshness from berries and crunchy effect from raspberry seeds. Made 20 cupcakes, happily distributed to my friends.

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Chocolate cupcake

2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
4 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt
4 egg
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 -2 tbsp raspberry jam ( depending on how sweet you want, and i used jam with seeds)
150 gm semisweet chocolate
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 to 1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 tbsp of flour

Chocolate ganache
150 gm semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup fresh cream
2 tsp butter
1 tbsp granulated sugar or honey

Ganache
Heat the heavy cream, butter and sugar in a medium size saucepan over medium-heat, stir to dissolve sugar. bring the mixture to boil.place semisweet chocolate in a separate bowl. Pour the boiling cream over chocolate. Let sit for 10 minutes and then stir until smooth. keep at room temperature until ready to use.

Cupcake
Preheat oven to 170 C. Heat 1 inch of water in the bottom of a double boiler over medium heat. Place semisweet chocolate on top of the double boiler and heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Combine together in the sifter flour, baking powder and salt. Beat the brown sugar and butter in the bowl on low for 5 to 6 minutes, simultaneously scrap down the sides of the bowl. Add  4 eggs one at a time, beating on high for 30 seconds. Add the melted chocolate, vanilla and raspberry jam. Beat on low for 30 seconds and scrap down the bowl. Bring water to boil. While the water is heating, mix one third of the sifted flour and 1/2 cup of sour cream for 30 seconds. Add  another third of the flour mix for additional 30 seconds. Add the remaining sifted flour and boiling water and mix for additional 30 seconds.Use a rubber spatula, until it is smooth and thoroughly combined. Toss the raspberries with flour. Spoon the cake batter into cupcake paper liners, until cups are 3/4 filled. I usually fill them bit more as I prefer high cupcakes. Drop in one or two raspberries tossed in 1 table spoon of cake flour jut before it goes in to the oven. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove the cakes from oven and cool for about 15 minutes at room temperature.

Assembly

Fill the star shaped tip pastry bag with chocolate ganache. After cupcakes are cooled swirl ganache on top of the cupcakes. To bring an extra delightful appearance place a raspberry on the top.

17 comments:

rahamathunnisa April 28, 2010 at 7:34 PM  

YAY finally I can post here. Keep updating with wonderful writings, pics and recipes and we will follow you inshaaAllah.

Chem April 28, 2010 at 7:37 PM  

Great work Ananda!! I am sure that ur blog will become famous soon! Share it in facebook.

Ananda Rajashekar April 28, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

Nisa thanks, will try my best to treat you all with good recipes :)

Nonappa Thank you :) Yes I did that

Child at the seashore April 29, 2010 at 5:07 PM  

I want to learn all secrets from the Indian baking queen of Finland!! Will try this for Vappu although I am not confident hihi

Ananda Rajashekar April 29, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

Merie, give it a try! am sure it will turn out well...and secret is add lots of love.

Seario May 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM  

hi there, wow, it looks so, so, so, so, so, .... nice and delicious....

Ananda Rajashekar May 3, 2010 at 6:26 PM  

Hey Thanks Mario :)

MaryMoh May 4, 2010 at 12:54 AM  

Beautiful cupcakes. Looks delicious. I love fruits in cakes. I can eat with less guilt :P

Ananda Rajashekar May 4, 2010 at 7:29 AM  

Thanks Marymoh ha ha ha :)

Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear May 31, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

What beautiful cakes! They are calling out to me........

Ananda Rajashekar May 31, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

Thanks Wendy :) you are welcome to have anytime :)

MaryMoh July 15, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

Wow...everything looks so perfect, chocolatey, moist and delicious! I love it. Thanks very much for sharing.

Choclette July 26, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

These look wonderful - your cakes always do. I can't believe you are relatively new to baking - it looks like you've been perfecting it all of your life.

I feel for you on the PhD - my husband is meant to be " writing up" this year. I'll cross fingers for both of you.

Ananda Rajashekar July 26, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

@Mary Thank you, My pleasure

@Choclette Oh sweet, I should say thank for PhD for making so good with baking...and Thanks tons for your good wishes choclette :D

Devaki September 15, 2010 at 4:42 AM  

What's not to love! All that chocolatey goodness all topped off with a delish raspberry :)

Awesome!

Ciao,

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Biny Anoop October 28, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

Awesome...i was scanning thru ur recipes and its really praise worthy that ur first post is soo perfect and good presentation.....
great job.
Biny

kanthi November 16, 2010 at 7:13 PM  

Presentation is great with mouth watering recipe..great clicks..

 
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