Have you ever had one of those days? well yesterday was one of those days for me!!!!!!!!!
We were invited up to my sisters for dinner, and since we were away on her birthday I decided to take up some cupcakes for a belated Happy Birthday. Well the cupcake making went along fine, I was really happy with these espresso cupcakes, if you love coffee then you will definitely like these coffee flavoured cupcakes. The icing also went along smoothly, cream cheese mocha icing yum yum yum. I swear I could just sit up and eat a bowl of it on it’s own, sure I would probably feel sick and blah but my gosh this is a yummy icing.
Photograph time, now here is where it all begins to go to S#*#. The weather is pretty ordinary, the sky is grey the wind is blowing and all in all it’s pretty crap for an outside photo shoot, and I really wanted to take photos of these babies as they really are delish……..So I just had to suck it up and manage with the ordinary lighting situation inside. I set up inside to take my photos, I wasn’t very happy with them so I may or may not of started to get a little GRUMPY ( just a little). My oldest son Aden came over to give me a hand and started moving the cakes around saying you should photograph them like this mum and then SPLAT!!!!! two cakes take a dive from the table and land upside down S#*#!!!!! (I may have started yelling……). Then as I am picking up my SPLATTED cakes my backing board falls forward, falls where you might ask well of course it falls straight on top of my remaining cupcakes. I may or may not of swore?
Now you might think oh well thats not too bad, but the story doesn’t end there. Driving up to my sisters I’m carefully nursing the cupcakes on my knee, when hubby brakes it’s like a slow motion scene from the Matrix, cupcakes go catapulting everywhere…. there is now mocha cream cheese icing all over the dash board the gear stick, my jeans and of course upside down cupcakes sitting on my beautiful lime green handmade handbag. Laugh or cry????? I resurrected the cupcakes as best I could and continued holding them for the remainder of the trip.
But wait there is more, yes more…………. standing on the front porch at my sisters house I begin to tell her why her cupcakes are looking rather mangled and sad:-( when SPLAT another cupcake falls from the cake plate and lands upside down on her front porch…………I scrape up the cake, walk inside dump the cake plate which is holding what can only be explained as a cake massacre onto the kitchen bench, I then proceed to pour myself a generous glass of red wine. Now let us never speak of this again….
- 100g butter, softened
- 1 cup (220g)caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 11/4 cups (190g) plain flour, sifted
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup (30g) hazelnut meal
- 11/2 tsp instant coffee, dissolved in 1 Tsp boiling water
- preheat oven to 160ºC
- place butter, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, hazelnut meal, and coffee mixture into a bowl
- combine using an electric mixer on low speed, then increase speed to high until just smooth
- spoon into muffin tray and bake for 25 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
RECIPE Cream cheese mocha icing
- 250g block cream cheese, softened
- 100g unsalted butter, softened
- 150g icing sugar
- 1 Tsp instant coffee
- 2 Tsp cocoa powder
- 100g melted dark chocolate
- combine butter and cream cheese in electric mixer until smooth and combined
- add icing sugar,cocoa and coffee, mix to combine
- stir in melted chocolate, then refrigerate until ready to use
Espresso cakes are a Donna Hay recipe from the cookbook, Donna Hay simple essentials chocolate
Mocha cream cheese icing is a In Proscuitto of perfection original recipe
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