Banoffee cupcakes

17 Sep

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu. The cupcakes above were actually made during ramadan but my food ban meant I saved it for now 😀

These banoffee cupcakes were made using my banana cupcakes recipe. I bored a hole in them (sounds nasty) with a knife and filled them with some homemade caramel sauce. I searched for a recipe for a while, I didn’t have any condensed milk or brown sugar like a lot of the recipes asked for so I adapted (ahem, completely changed) a few and came up with this. I was fasting so the measurements were a little hazy but it was tooooo good to not post at all:

Caramel filling:
40g of sugar
20ml water
40g butter
40g milk
Double cream (approx 4 tbsp)

In a saucepan heat the water and sugar on a medium heat until the mixture browns (not long so don’t leave unattended). Leave aside to cool.

Add butter and milk to the mixture and put back on a medium heat. The mixture will look insane but just mix and let everything reach the same temperature.

When mixture comes together continue to cook at medium-low heat until it thickens (10 mins). Take off heat and transfer mixture to another bowl allow to cool completely.

At this point my mixture went a bit mad, it almost began to split, the liquid butter was seperating so I added cream a little at a time and it came together with a really smooth texture.

Filling was really easy, I suppose you could use a piping bag but it would be ridiculously messy and a teeny tiny spoon works just as well. Its smaller than a teaspoon btw, its a turkish coffee spoon.

So the banana and toffee (caramel!) bit was taken care of. The only thing left was the chocolate. Cue ganache entrance – 1 part chocolate to 1 part cream. The same method for the white chocolate ganache but with chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa solids. I piped it on but I think it would be just as nice if it was dipped in the ganache after it cooled a bit to make a shiny smooth top.

Eid cake pops!

3 Sep

Continuing on with my Eid post is my first attempt at cake pops. Made famous by bakerella they are balls of cake and icing (or any binder). The choice was between decorated cookies and the cake pops as I would have had to give up more precious ramadhan time which I wasn’t comfortable with.

I wanted to try red velvet again. I wasn’t crazy about the cupcakes but one attempt isn’t enough to shelf a whole flavour of dessert. I reduced the amount of cocoa for a more subtle chocolate taste…I didn’t like it. There flavour the buttermilk gives doesn’t sit right with my palette and its red. I mean really, its red. Adding the colouring myself puts me right off. They were a hit with the family but that is red velvet banished from this kitchen forever.

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I also made some choco-peanut butter ones and choco-coffee. MashaAllah, they had it going on. Especially because the peanut butter had chunks in it. Noms.

After mixing with binder until the balls hold their shape when rolled I chilled them. Till they were cold to the touch but not frozen. I wasn’t sure what to use as the coating but the most common one used are wiltons candy melts. I bought a bag from ebay which cost much more than they would do in the US. I also got some chocolate flavoured coating as well because chocolate has to be tempered to get the ‘bite’, too much new ground for a first timer. Here are the plastic lollipop sticks, the cellophane baggies and the twist ties. I used the 3.5 inch sticks and had to trim the bags, I think next time i’d go for a 4-5 inch.

Eid mubarak!

1 Sep

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baraktu!

“Taqabulla Mina Waminkum: May Allah accept from us and you”

I hope that our fasts are accepted and that we earn Allahs pleasure and keep away from his wrath. Ameen!

Eid is usually bittersweet, its a time of celebration but is also the end of Ramadhan. In attempt to tip the scales towards sweet I hatched a dastardly plan to smother everyone with sweets.

I made a white chocolate mud cake, filled with white chocolate ganache and raspberry jam. I didn’t actually get to eat any cake however I did eat the crumbs it didn’t have a strong flavour. It almost tasted sweet and milky. I can’t say I really like white chocolate anyway, it doesn’t really taste of much other than sugar. Which begs the question, why did I make a white chocolate cake?…

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Instead of using buttercream to cover the cake I used ganache. This is the future, it was very very very easy to smooth and goes hard when chilled so you can fix any mistakes easily. It also gives cakes those mashaAllah sharp corners you see on the cakes from down under. I love sharp edges, rounded edges just don’t fit my idea of a perfect cake.

White chocolate ganache:
1 part double cream (100ml): 2 parts white chocolate(200g)

Chop up the chocolate into small pieces or grate.
Heat the cream in a saucepan until it starts to bubble. Don’t over boil it.
Take it off the heat and pour it over the chocolate.
Let it sit for a couple of mins and then mix gently till all chocolate is melted. Leave to cool and thicken for a few hours or overnight (you can speed up the process using the fridge).
Once completely cooled whish for 30secs-minute until spreading consistency.

This cake isn’t covered in sugarpaste. Its actually chocolate modelling paste. The kind I used on the chocolate roses. Except I bought a great big box of the stuff instead of making it. I still prefer the taste of mine but I don’t think I could have covered a whole cake in it.

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The stars are made out of flowerpaste because I needed them to dry quickly. It was coloured with sugarflairs ice blue and cut with a set of star cutters. Not rolled too thinly as you won’t be able to put the wire through the middle of the star.I attached them to silver flower wire, some of which I twisted around my finger for the bouncing curly looking ones.

So thats Eid cake 1.0 over and done with. I did also make cake pops but this post is already longer than I thought it would be so i’ll do a part two inshaAllah.

The last 10 nights of Ramadhan

19 Aug

Surat Al Qadr

“Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree.
And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.
The angels and the Spirit (Jibril) descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.
Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.”

 

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadaan came, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would stay up at night and would wake his family up, and would abstain from marital relations. Ahmad and Muslim narrated that he used to used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadaan as he never did at any other time.

“Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” Prophet Muhammed salallahu alayhi wasalam

The Prophet said, “Look for (the Night of qadr).”

Pre-Ramadhan

30 Jul

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu.

My ramadan cake has nothing to do with ramadan, well besides the fact that this is going to be a food free ramadan for buttercreamdanddeen.

Ramadan is not the month to stuff ourselves and I won’t be making any special food this month inshaAllah. Ramadan is about connecting with Allah swt and seeking his forgivness for what a mess you are and increasing your worship. Maintain habits now to keep throughout the year.

Am I sucking the fun out of this blog?

Yes you say?

Alhamdulillah *prances around the room*

There were a couple recipes buzzing around my head this week. I wanted to some banoffee cupcakes but I also wanted to try covering a cake the dreaded sugarpaste.

My cakenemy sugarpaste. It smells funny, it tastes weird, I hate the texture, people leave it on their plates, and it smells funny. Maybe i’m just averse to the stuff because i’m not used to it. I don’t come from a celebration cake kinda family and I only have vague memories of eating the stuff at some random childs birthday at school. The chewyness of sugarpaste and the pleasant taste of royal icing. Thats how I am set so I don’t know how i’m going to be able to turn into a sugarpaste lover in order to make magnificent masterpieces of sugar art one day.

One step at a time

1. Buy the stuff
2. Cover a cake in it
3. Eat it

*shudders*

I managed to complete all three Alhamdulillah. I made a pistachio cake with caramel italian meringue buttercream. I used brown sugar instead of caster but next time I won’t bring it up to 121 degrees C because it was too thick and I’m sure there was an after taste of burnt sugar. I guess different sugars have different properties.

The making of...pistachio and caramel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My inspiration for this cake was many. I had already made the rose a few weeks back and wanted to do a style vaguely reminiscent of PiP Studio. Was I completely happy? Obviously not. I had a tear in the sugarpaste; I rolled it to thin; the band in the middle was messy; the pearl border cutter was terrible and is to be relegated; the cake was cold when I covered it which ended up with loadsa air bubbles. I could go on but I think that shall suffice.

Rose and butterfliesRose petals and blue butterflies

Giant rose cake with petals and butterflies

More than just cupcakes…

22 Jul

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Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

It’s almost time for Ramadhan so this may be my last (or my second to last) post before Eid. Contrary to what some muslims believe ramadhan is not about food. It’s not about treats and deep-frying, or overeating in the morning. It’s a time for us to gain Taqwa, increase our ibadah and reflect.

The majority of us will have enough OVER eat this coming month. And at a time where we are temporarily feeling the hunger of the poor we have the opportunity to help those who are fasting involuntarily. And how many of us complained about the recent rain whilst our brothers and sisters were in need of it?

Muslims in the horn of Africa are being affected by the most severe droughts in 60 years, please donate generously:

‘Whoever gives charity equal to a date from good earnings – for Allah does not accept anything but that which is good – Allah will take it in His right hand and tend it for the one who gave it as any one of you tends his foal, until it becomes like a mountain.’

Prophet Muhammed salallhu alayhi wa salam (Bukhari and Muslim)

UWT Horn of Africa appeal, 100% donations policy.

Here are the cupcakes I made for a fundraising event. May Allah reward all those involved and grant patience and rain to those in need, ameen.

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12 vanilla, 12 coconut, 12 chocolate and 12 choc with a hint of raspberry.

All boxed up and ready to go:

Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing.

15 Jul


Red velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting with my own sprinkles. I made them with flower paste and a set of cutters from ebay. I got a whole lot that I tried out. I wanna do a big cake covered in different shades and sizes of pink butterflies inshaAllah.

Fluffy Banana Cupcakes

2 Jul

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

I’ve got the cutest little baking cookbook, “100 every day recipes”. So far so good, the apple pie was just delicious Alhamdulillah, and I hadn’t made a cupcake it what seemed like forever!

These are banana cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream icing and chocolate ermmm…bits? Lets just say obtaining chocolate curls is harder than I thought it might be…

I was worried they would turn out like my banana muffins but they were much more cupcakey, pale inside with a light texture.

Banana cupcakes – adapted from 100 recipes

Ingredients

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 120g butter
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tbsp sour cream or greek yoghurt

Icing: Beat 100g of butter until pale and add 1 tsp of vanilla. Beat in 90g icing sugar. If consistency is too thick add 1 tbsp of milk.

Method

  1. Prepare a 12 hole muffin/cupcake tin with cupcake cases if using or grease if not. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and soda together in a bowl.Peel and mash the bananas with a fork.
  3. Cream together the sugar and butter and add the vanilla. Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Stir in the mashed bananas and soured cream/yoghurt. Fold in the sifted flour mix and spoon into prepared tin.
  4. Bake for 20-24 risen until well risen and lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  5. Top with buttercream icing and decorate with chocolate shavings. To make the shavings grate or use a vegetable peeler to a bar of room temperature chocolate

Walima Cake – Complete

12 Jun

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu.

It’s a bit sad really, it’s all come to an end. No more flowers, no more prep work, no more research. Kaput.

I learnt a lot of things on this project alhamdulillah and i’m so glad that the bride and her beautiful family were happy with it. May Allah guide us all and unite the couple in peace and tranquillity, keep them both obedient slaves of Allah swt and raise from them pious offspring who are the coolness of their eyes, Ameen.

I’ve jabbered on about this cake in many previous entries so you should know what flavour it is and the size, if you don’t…well you just weren’t concentrating.

Okay fine, you’ve twisted my arm 😉  A 14″, 10″, 6″, chocolate cake. Each tier measured 5 inches high, raspberry italian meringue buttercream filling with buttercream exterior. Sugar roses, peonies and fillers. Buttercream stringwork with sugar/flower paste accents.

That felt good.

I’m not going to be overly critical here as it doesn’t translate well but I know what I’m happy with mashaAllah and I can see a lot of things that I need to improve on if i’m ever going to get to the standard I want to be at.

Mum’s cupcakes

30 May

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa baraktuhu.

4 days notice, 3 cakes, 1 mum. So I couldn’t completely deliver so I had to adapt. 48 cupcakes was realistic if I woke up early. 24 chocolate and 24 vanilla. I could have done more if I stayed up from Fajr but the noise would have woken up the kids so a 7.00 am start had to do. Delivered by 12.00 pm

“We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth” (Al Ahqaf:15)