Saturday, 6 April 2019

A wise man once said,"the first job of a cake is to be vanilla". Words on marble, yup. This is why I always, always, always add vanilla to every cake I'm baking. Sometimes too, you just want to keep it simple, especially when you're using a strong flavoured frosting which brings us to our cake for the weekend... good ol' vanilla cupcakes with mocha frosting. These fluffy, moist, buttery cuppies drenched in mocha whipped cream frosting with a generous dash of  "JD" are so delicious you might not want to share. 
 "JD" infused Mocha-Vanilla Creamy cupcakes

Ingredients 
250g unsalted butter, softened
3 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs (room temperature), lightly beaten
360ml unsweetened yogurt
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
3 tablespoons vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon salt 

Frosting 
  • 2 tablespoons, instant coffee powder
  • 226g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners (icing) sugar, sifted 
  • 4 tablespoons, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup chocolate milk 
  • 3 tablespoons "JD" 
Difficulty level: Easy
Total baking/prep time: 1 hour

Heat the oven to 300°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Line your cupcake moulds with paper liners 

Whisk together the measured flour, baking powder and salt in a dry bowl; set aside.
Using your mixer, starting on a high speed, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla essence together for at least 8-10minutes until pale white and fluffy. 
Gently add the eggs to creamed moisture with mixer still running, allow to mix properly. 
Add the flour in 3 batches, alternating with the milk, mixing thoroughly after each addition, and ending with flour. 
Using a tablespoon, add 2 generously heaped spoons of batter to each case. It will be approximately just over half full. 
Place in the centre of your preheated oven.
Allow to bake for approximately 15minutes, then check
 for "doneness". 

To know that your cupcakes are done, check that they are light brown and when pressed in the middle, are springy to the touch or a toothpick comes out dry when inserted in the middle. 
Remove from oven, leave in mould for 5 minutes, then remove from mould to cool completely. 


FROSTING
Dissolve instant coffee in 1 tablespoon of water
Sieve icing together with unsweetened cocoa powder and salt. 
With your mixer at high speed, mix butter with 1 1/2 cups icing sugar for 2 minutes. Add chocolate milk, instant coffee and vanilla essence to mixture, add "JD", Allow to mix for 2 minutes, add remaining icing sugar, mix on a high speed for 3 minutes until it gets to a piping/spreading consistency. 
Pipe or spread onto the now cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle crushed peanuts on cupcakes. Serve with coffee, ice cream or anything really. 
Makes 18 cupcakes. 
Bon appetit. 
Eat responsibly. 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Yummy coconut flour pancakes

1/2 cup, coconut flour
2 packets, sweetener
5 large eggs
1/2 cup, almond milk
1 teaspoon, baking powder
1 teaspoon, vanilla essence
A pinch of salt
Coconut oil (for frying)


Instructions

Sift coconut flour together with the sweetener, salt and baking powder, set aside.
Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla in a bowl for 2 minutes. Gently pour in flour mixture and mix thoroughly.
Place your griddle or nonstick frying pan on low heat, add a teaspoon of coconut oil to pan and spread. Using a tablespoon, scoop a little of the pancake batter into pan.



 Be careful with these because they burn easily. Allow to fry till light brown. Flip pancakes after a minute and allow to cook till light brown. Your pancakes are ready to eat. Serve with yogurt and fruit.

Enjoy.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Green vegetable salad with fresh strawberry zobo drink



Life they say, is all about balance. Some days, you eat cupcakes. Other days, you eat salads. Also, some of us are trying to get back on track after the holidays. Some of us ate like we had no home training 😂😂😂 I'm judging myself. Anyway, I thought I'd share one of my favourites with you.

Then, I had a Kitchenbutterfly moment (yea, happens once in a while), and I made this really refreshing strawberry zobo drink.
Salad

1 ripe avocado
A generous handful of fresh lettuce
Grilled chicken breast
2 hard boiled eggs
Cucumber
A fresh tomato

Zobo drink

 1 cup, zobo leaves
4 tablespoons, honey
4 strawberries
Ice cubes
Vanilla essence.

Instructions
Salad
Wash lettuce, cucumber and tomato in clean water and salt or vinegar.
Shred lettuce in large pieces. Arrange on platter. Slice cucumber in round pieces, place all around the bed of lettuce. Same as tomatoes. Slice avocado in long thin strips. Add chicken breast and sliced eggs. Cover platter with cling film and set aside or refrigerate.

Zobo
Put 1 cup, zobo leaves in 3 cups, boiled water. Leave for 10-15 minutes. Sieve and pour into a jug. Cut up strawberries and add to zobo drink. Add honey and vanilla essence. Add ice cubes. Serve with salad. Enjoy.


PS: Do you have over ripe avocados and don't know what to do with them?
Make a healthy salad dressing. Cut up avocados into a blender. Add a few cloves of garlic, 3 tablespoons of coconut/olive/canola oil, a pinch of salt. Blend till smooth. Use as a dip or salad dressing.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

Yea, I know we kept saying that 2016 was that awful year we couldn't just wait to be rid off, at some point, I thought so too, but I had to think about it all over again, and come to a conclusion that God was really kind to me in the past year. So yeah, this is me thanking God for all the good and awful things that happened in 2016. So, I moved to Lagos in the past year. Was really a sink or swim stunt, but God sent me angels in human form, and here I stand. Lagos has been good to me, I can't even front. And then, November 10, 2016 ,I received that horrorful phone call that I had lost my beloved cousin, Etieneabasi. Her death rocked my world so badly, I didn't like God so much anymore. How could He do this to me ? Etieneabasi was just 32 years old. Anyway, I want to thank God for being kind enough to have given her to us, even though the time was short. We are grateful we had her.
           Rest in peace, babygirl.

So, here are pictures of the cakes and cupcakes so far. For more, visit our IG page @McCreamyzCupcakes. And if you're in Lagos, and need cupcake/cakes for your occasions, or just because, holler at me on 08022520485.




























To new beginnings

Happy New year, guys. New year, new me... I promise. iKid iKid iKid. Seriously though, I'm really very absolutely excited about the year, 2017. I hope you all have written down all your goals for the year. God will see you through . I pray it will be breathtakingly beautiful for you all in Jesus' name. I really can't wait to resume posting recipes, and every other this post-worthy... But for now, here's a few pictures of me, during the holidays. (Yes please, it's my blog).

When the lighting is just right 



      

with the brother 



Old school themed service


Happy new year





With daddy 

Holiday workout
 





























2017, the year of The Bae. 😉