Orange Chocolate Chips Muffins

What do I do when I discovered there were oranges in the fridge and chocolate chips as well? Ah hah!!! idea pops up and the mood is ON …. yeahh that’s right, the baking mood was triggered precisely at that moment and the outcome?

Orange Chocolate Chips Muffins!!! 🙂

Ready to eat! …. Orange Chocolate Chips Muffins

Got this recipe from allrecipes

Turns out good and delicious! A recipe worth keeping indeed!

Ingredients:
2 cups of flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1 cup of chocolate chips (can have more if you prefer)
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice (freshly squeeze)
1/2 cup plain yogurt (or buttermilk)

Before baking in the oven….

Method:
– Preheat oven 170 degree C.

– In a medium bowl, mix flour, semisweet chocolate, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

– In a separate medium bowl, cream together margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk. Pour into the flour mixture, and mix just until evenly moist. Spoon batter into muffin cups.

– Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

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The Return of Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes!

Oohhh … It’s been sometime since I post anything here…. hahaa thanks to being busy with other stuffs right now 😉

Finally, today I did spent time baking after a loonngg break 😉

Thanks to the order placed by my sister for a wedding ….I re-visit baking Chocolate Mint cupcakes!  The recipe can be found here

The cupcakes all ready within their plastic containers 🙂
A plate just for me … Yeayyy!!! 🙂

Mmmm …. my favourite! I baked extra so that I could enjoy stuffing myself … am not even going to think of all those calories hahahaa 😛

Of Mother’s Day and Red Velvet Day

Ok I know today is Mother’s Day to the whole community on this beautiful earth but as a mother, I don’t like it and I’ve told my kids no need to celebrate it for me. Yikes! the whole thing so commercial …. its all about encouraging people to spend unnecessarily.

PLEASE! If you love your mother, celebrate that love every single day and not just once a year. Want to surprise and buy her a gift? Go ahead … do it on her birthday or any other day …. do it randomly and it will bring her more pleasure and delight than expecting a certain day to arrive to celebrate a mother’s day.

To me …. the most delightful and thoughtful thing my children could give me is to ensure they grow up well … grow up to be kind and good people, grow up without getting themselves into trouble ….. by loving the family whole-heartedly and ready to serve the community willingly at all times.

Ok that’s enough about mother’s day …. 🙂

Right now, while I’m typing this, over at the living room, 3 trays of Red Velvet cupcakes are waiting to be decorated with butter icing 🙂

I’ve been invited to my nephew’s house for a family gathering …. it has been awhile since we all get-together so since I’ve been told I can bring food, I decided to bake the Red Velvet cupcakes. My kids, nieces and nephews simply love them.

The first time I made these, the colour was not red but rather dark pink …hehee… still it looks pretty. I even jokingly said to my niece, “here you go … Pink Velvet cupcake” …lols 😉

This time, I think the colouring is much better than the last …. just hope everyone enjoy eating them 🙂

Below is the recipe.

Ingredients :

280g cake flour (can also use plain flour)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

225g butter

400g sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla essence

230g natural yogurt or sourcream

240 ml buttermilk (can make your own, use white milk and mix it with 1 tbsp of lemon juice, stir and leave it for about 10-15 mins before using it)

2 tbsp red colouring (recommended to use “Wilton no taste red”)

Icing :

1 cup milk

5 tbsp plain flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

Method :

– Heat oven to 180 degree Celsius.

– Sieve the cake flour and cocoa powder into a container, add in the baking soda and salt. Stir and mix thoroughly. Put in aside.

– In another container, use a mixer and beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy.

– Add the egg, one by one …. mix with the mixer thoroughly.

– Add the yogurt or sour cream, buttermilk, vanilla essence and colouring. Mix well.

– Then add in the flour and cocoa powder little by little and mix well.

– Next, pour the mixture 3/4 full into cupcake containers or muffin cups of your choice.

– Bake for about 15-18 min or till the cakes are cook.

– Take it out from the oven, let it cool before adding the icing and decorating it.

Icing:

– Cook the milk and plain flour over a small fire. Stir constantly till the mixture becomes thick. Off the fire and let it cool.

– Then, beat the sugar, butter and vanilla essence with the mixer till light and fluffy.

– Add them into the flour mixture and beat it till the icing become smooth and thick.

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