28 January 2013

Romantic Red Oat Cupakes

Yes I am a romantic. I truly love me, myself and I.

 'Vampire Weekend' by Vampire Weekend

I love this album it reminds me of moving east.

Look at Nat's face, it's like I've proposed marriage with cake, I really did think she was going to cry. 

Sunday morning beamed through the window and I had the urge to bake. The sun alters my way of thinking, I was bouncing off the walls after a super vegetable juice and decided to make a batch of cupcakes to share my energy and love. Normally anything other than dark brown or caramel coloured in cake form is a no go area...until I made these red velvet cakes with oatbran. A nuttier yet smooth and moist sponge.
If you are looking for a sweet treat for your partner this month, look no further than this blog. 
This bad girl cake will make your other half tearful and joyful.

Recipe for 12 cakes in white muffin cases, adapted from Samantha Blears. Possibly one of the best cupcake books I own. 

▶ Ingredients:

60g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
1 large egg
20g cocoa powder
2 tbsp red food colouring
50g pure oatbran 
150g plain flour
100ml milk mixed with 2 tbsp white wine vinegar, left to one side for a few minutes. Also known as buttermilk.
2 tsp baking powder
4 tsp white wine vinegar

Chocolate ganache - 200g milk chocolate, 284ml double cream.
Fresh strawberries
Edible dark pink glitter


: Preheat oven 180°c, line muffin tin with cases.
: Mix cocoa powder and red colouring slowly in a bowl until you have a smooth paste, keep to one side.
: Mix butter and sugar until fluffy, this might take more than 5 minutes with a hand held whisk.
: Add egg and once combined pour in red cocoa solution.
: Next in the mix is flour and buttermilk, baking powder and white wine vinegar.
: Fold through oatbran and divide mixture into cases. To get the right amount in each case use an ice cream scoop or two dessertspoons, I find it's best to start off small in each case then top up so they are all the same size.
: Bake for 25 minutes.
: Leave to cool out of tin on a rack.
: For the ganache: heat cream until it begins to boil then pour over chocolate. Let this cool until thick and spreadable.
: Chisel out a small upside down triangle at the top of a strawberry then trim the sides to make a heart shape. Dip in glitter and place on cake.

Sorted with love.x

ê Favorite songs
 'Oxford Comma'
'One (Blake's Got A New Face'
'Mansard Roof'

Basically every song on this album is amazing, mostly it reminds me a funny couple in Dalston who were obsessively clean, thank goodness I got out!