Earl Grey Tea Cupcakes

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I am not a big fan of earl grey tea and I am not much of a cupcake kind of girl. However, having recently tried the cream of earl grey tea I could see that the fragrance would work extremely well into a plain cupcake – after all there’s more to a cupcake than just the butter-cream frosting and I believe that people would enjoy the ‘cake’ of the cupcake a lot more this way!

I have attempted to make cupcakes using vegetable oil-based recipes instead of butter-based in the past but they did not taste right. In my opinion, the non-butter recipes works for muffins due to its construction. There is no butter-cream frosting on muffins thus making the cake itself taking all of the spotlight. Muffins usually have other ingredients being mixed into the batter such as carrots and apples, their flavours usually takes over the majority of the muffin. Whereas cupcakes are not so forgiving. It is also weird to add complex consistencies into a cupcake as the butter-cream frosting is usually the spotlight of the dessert. Therefore, cupcakes should always be butter based and adding solid components to the cake portion should be avoided.

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Swan Cream Puffs

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Cream puffs are perfect for any occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and the list goes on.

I decided to make cream puffs for the past Mother’s Day. I have browsed many recipes to see which filling recipe sounds the most appealing. The amount of options were quite overwhelming for my tiny brain. Cream puffs can be filled with but not limited to whipped cream, chocolate ganache, and a variety of flavoured cream.

I’ve noticed that all of the recipe’s batches are quite small, so for my first attempt, I decided to double the batch to double the quantity. Brilliant idea right? If you guessed right, it was a complete disaster.

The temperature was too hot when I was adding the flour. That, or I decided to sift the flour slowly into the hot butter batter. The flour would not mix in smoothly, leading to many lumps and bumps in the batter.

Scrap that, start again. Followed the recipe thoroughly and ta-da!

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Molten Matcha (Green Tea) Lava Cake

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This year I have been really inspired to make and decorate baked goodies. They are not only just delicious to eat, but fun to bake and take photographs of – going from its uncracked exterior and undressing to its gooey interior, it makes an interesting model that complies only to your directing.

Matcha molten lava cake – Is there anything more to say? The name of the dessert seems pretty self-explanatory to me! Although I love the original chocolate flavour, I thought I would give it a bit of twist since matcha is an ingredient that can be easily incorporated into baked goods.

This recipe is adapted from another recipe that I found on YouTube. I have been wanting to bake matcha lava cake for some time now. A couple of days ago, I was just laying on my bed getting ready to sleep, when an idea suddenly came to me. I remember that I bought a floral dress a few months ago that would look perfect to imitate the look of a table cloth – yes, I bought the dress to end up using it as a table cloth.

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