Saturday, 17 August 2013

Birthday Vanilla Cupcakes | Recipe

These cupcakes are absolutely perfect for any birthday party. They may look normal on the outside, but inside, they are filled with a creamy, vanilla custard waiting to be oozed out and suprised by anyone. Topped off with whipped cream, feel free to decorate them your way!

Birthday Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe                                                                       Recipe by iSaamuel

45g of Bread Flour,
3 Egg Yolks,
2 Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract,
3 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil,
2 Tablespoons of Milk,
45g of Sugar,
The seeds from 1 Vanilla Bean/Pod,

3 Egg Whites,
1 Teaspoon of Cream of Tartar,

- Custard*
 3 Egg Yolks,
 The seeds from 1 Vanilla Bean/Pod,
 1 Tbsp of Vanilla Extract,
 1/2 Cup of Sugar,
 1 Tbsp of Cornstarch,
 3 Cups of Fresh Milk

- Whipped Cream**
  3/4 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream,
  2 Tablespoons of Sugar

Vanilla Cupcakes
1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the Bread Flour, Egg Yolks, Vanilla Extract, Oil, Milk and Sugar until pale, thick and creamy.
2. Add in the seeds from the Vanilla Pod and whisk well until the seeds are evenly visible and distributed through the batter.
3. In another large bowl, whisk Egg Whites and Cream of Tartar until stiff peaks are formed and Egg Whites are glossy. When the bowl is tipped, the Egg Whites should not fall out or move. If it moves, whisk longer until it does not move at all.
4. Fold the Egg Whites, with a rubber spatula, into the Egg Yolk batter, gently and gradually., until a complete batter is formed. Be gentle and don't whisk vigorously otherwise you will lose the air beaten for the Egg Whites, resulting in an unfavorable texture (chewy).
5. Divide batter equally into a lined cupcake pan. Bake at 180C for 15-25 minutes or until a toothpick or a skewer is clean when inserted into the centre of a cupcake.
6. Let the cupcakes cool before decorating.

1. Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl for 5-8 minutes until the mixture is pale and thick.
2. Heat up the milk in a large saucepan on medium-high heat, along with, vanilla beans, and the used vanilla pod, until it just comes to a boil. Take 3 tablespoons of the milk and mix with the constarch to create a slurry. 
3. Remove the vanilla pod. Pour the hot milk over the egg yolks while whisking constantly. When completely mixed in, return to the pan. Pour in your cornstarch slurry.
4. Stir over a low heat until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. This will take about 5-6 minutes.
5. Once completed, sieve the custard with a strainer into a large bowl in case of any cooked or curdled eggs.
6. Stir in your vanilla extract well. It's now done!

Whipped Cream**
1. Whip the cream with the sugar until soft peaks form. Don't over mix or it could turn into butter and seperate. You could also add vanilla extract!

Decorating the Cupcakes
1. Place the Custard and Cream into two seperate piping bags fitted with star piping tips.
2. Poke a hole into the center of each cupcakes and slowly pipe in the custard until the cupcake feels 'full'. Scrape of and remove any excess custard on top.
3. Pipe the Whipped Cream on the cupcakes. Decorate with colorful edible sprinkles, Oreos, or even fruits. It's up to you. Be as creative as you like- enjoy!

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