Lemon & strawberry-chocolate cupcakes.

For my birthday I made these lemon and strawberry-chocolate cupcakes. They turned out quite delicious so I just want to share the recipes with you:

Lemon Cupcakes
for about 12

  • 250 g butter at room temperature
  • 200 g sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 big organic lemons
  • 250 g flour
  • 2 heaped teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 100 g icing sugar

Mix the butter and sugar until creamy. Add one egg after the other and keep mixing. Add the grated lemon peel. Combine the flour with the baking powder and the salt.  Stir into the egg and butter.

Divide evenly into cupcake cups and bake for about 25 minutes at 180° C.

Mix the juice of the lemons with the icing sugar and brush the warm cupcakes with it. Let them cool.

The icing:

  • 500 g mascarpone
  • 20 g icing sugar
  • 1 organic lemon

Mix the mascarpone with the icing sugar, the grated lemon peel and the juice of the lemon. Decorate your cupcakes with it.

Strawberry-chocolate cupcakes
for about 12

I found this recipe at the Curvy Carrot’s blog, but adjusted it a little for my needs. It also showed, that the dough wasn’t quite sufficient for 24 cupcakes, as mentioned in Curvy Carrots blog – I could make about 14 normal sized cupcakes with it.

  • 9 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk

I also used one of my all time favourite icings using basically just cream cheese and mix in some kind of flavour. I wanted to combine the chocolate cupcakes with a little strawberry so I used:

  • 400 g cream cheese
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons strawberry jam

Just mix everything together and decorate your cupcakes with it. Enjoy! :)

Chocolate Crisps.

It’s this time of the year again – and I prepare for my lovely partner in crime’s birthday celebration. In fact, his birthday was in august, but the big celebration with all the family and lots of food and everything is a little bit late this year, due to scheduling problems.

However – for some days now I’ve been thinking about a fun theme for the party and of course the food. And last night I made some crispy chocolate lovelies for the goodie-bags. I was inspired by Sweetapolita’s recipe but I must admit, they didn’t come out quite as perfectly as in the original. For starters I decided to use milk-chocolate for the base layer – not a good idea, as milk-chocolate isn’t as firm and crisp as dark chocolate, and when you break it into pieces you dont get smooth edges. So mine don’t look so beautiful as Sweetapolita’s I fear. On the other hand, I decided to add a layer of sprinkles on the ground milk-chocolate layer, so they really feel crispy in your moth, which kind of makes up a little bit for the shape.

I’m also not completly happy with my sprinkles on the top – I tend to overdue it with decoration. But however, I hope they will look okay in their little goodie-bags… so more about my chocolate journey later!

So here’s the final achievement – now that the little chocolate crisps are in their goodie-bags, I’m quite pleased with the result. But look for yourself:

And this is what the birthday table and cake looked like: