Monday, March 24, 2014

Chocolate Mint Babyshower Cupcakes


It´s Monday the start of a new week../Es lunes, el comienzo de una nueva semana..
..and I have a million things to do and I hope to do them all well.. We all know the feeling of overwhelment.. Being a good wife, mother, building my business, being there for my family & friends, treating others with kindness.. I´ve learnt along the way to do everything I can to the best of my ability, 1 task at a time and to enjoy the journey along the way.. the truth is I´m not God so I´m not perfect.. but I strive to be the best I can be..

 ..y tengo un millón de cosas que hacer y espero hacerlas todas bien .. Todos conocemos la sensación de abrumamiento .. Ser una buena esposa, madre, la construcción de mi negocio, estar ahí para mi familia y amigos, tratar a los demás con amabilidad .. los cuales he aprendido a hacer todo lo que pueda lo mejor de mi capacidad, una tarea a la vez y disfrutar del viaje durante el camino .. la verdad es que no soy Dios, así que no soy perfecta .. pero me esfuerzo por ser lo mejor que pueda ser ..



Today´s recipe is cupcakes I made over a week ago for a friend, Agata´s babyshower for her unborn baby boy who will be here in the next couple of weeks however I decided to post the recjpe for the Dark Chocolate Shirt Cake before.  These cupcakes are chocolate flavoured and the frosting was made with mint leaves to create a chocolate & mint flavoured cupcake! One of my favourite flavour combos!

La receta de hoy es para los cupcakes que hice hace más de una semana para una amiga, el babyshower de Agata y su bebé que estará entre nosotros en las próximas semanas, pero decidí publicar el post Dark Chocolate Shirt Cake antes. La masa de estos cupcakes es de chocolate y el frosting fue hecho con hojas de menta para crear un cupcake de chocolate y menta! Me encanta esta combinación!







CHOCOLATE MINT BABYSHOWER CUPCAKES              
Clic AQUÍ para el versión en Español!                   
                                                                                                                
INGREDIENTS:


for the batter:


140g flour
60g cocoa powder
200g white sugar
1 cup sunflower oil
4 eggs
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 full cream milk
1 & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence


for the frosting:


250g butter without salt at room temperature
2 heaped tablespoons of full cream cheese
350g of icing sugar
pinch of salt
a bunch of mint leaves
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence



METHOD:


for the batter:


Pre-heat your oven to 175ºC and line your cupcake tray. I used these cute green and turquoise liners to match the babyshower theme :-) Sift all your dry ingredients together and leave to one side.  Mix your oil and sugar in your stand mixer until well blended, add your eggs 1 x 1 and your vanilla essence. Add your dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated, Lastly add your milk. Pour your batter into your liners until just over the halfway mark and bake them for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tray before taking out, place on a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.


for the frosting:


Heat up your milk until just boiling in a saucepan, add your whole mint leaves and allow to infuse and cool to one side.  In your stand mixer (or hand mixer) mix your butter & cream cheese until soft, add your sifted icing sugar and pinch of salt. Strain the milk from the mint leaves and add the cooled milk to your mixture, Lastly add your vanilla essence. Mix well on high for 5 minutes. Leave to cool in the piping bag in the fridge until ready to frost. I added some turquoise gel colourant to my piping bag to create this two tone coloured swirl.





I´ve come to appreciate natural ingredients and I try to use them as far as I can instead of artificial flavours, hence the reason for my experiment with the mint leaves. Result: some people could clearly taste the mint and others not.. solution: you could infuse your milk and mint mixture slightly longer or add more leaves, add melted mint chocolate to your frosting (this would however change the colour) or simply add a bit of artificial mint colour.. Baking is all about testing and seeing what works..

He llegado a apreciar los ingredientes naturales y tratar de utilizar en la medida de lo posible, en lugar de sabores artificiales, de ahí la razón de mi experimento con las hojas de menta. Resultado: algunas personas pudieron degustar claramente la menta y otras no .. la respuesta: usted podría infundir a su mezcla de leche y menta ligeramente más tiempo o añadir más hojas, agregar al chocolate derretido menta para tu frosting (sin embargo, esto podría cambiar el color) o, simplemente, añadir un poco de color menta artificial .. hornear es probar y probar y ver lo que funciona ..




Hope you guys liked this post!! I have a really nice idea for my next post.. but to make that idea into a reality that works (that taste nice and looks nice) I need to plan it well.. Here´s to a good outcome! Cheers! Have a good week guys and thanks for supporting my blog, I truely appreciate each one of you............ XOXO

Espero que les haya gustado este post! Tengo una idea muy buena para mi próximo post .. Pero para que esa idea funcione: es decir (tenga un sabor agradable y se vea bien) tengo que planearlo bien .. He aquí a un buen resultado! ¡Salud! Qué tengan una buena semana chicos/as y gracias por apoyar mi blog, yo verdaderamente aprecio a cada uno de ustedes ............ XOXO






22 comments:

  1. Love that you used real mint! The best mint ice cream I've ever made was made by infusing milk and cream with real mint. So I bet these were outrageously good!

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    1. Me too so much better than artificial flavouring, the trick is to know how much to add.. I´m still learning ;-) Have a gr8888 week! xoxo

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  2. I love these cupcakes Johlene! I love the frosting - so pretty with the blue swirl and I love that you added mint! What a nice touch!

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    1. Thanks Kristi!! I love mint with chocolate, probably one of my top flavour combinations :-) Happy week!! xoxo

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  3. Johlene, pero qué artista eres. Qué bonitos. Un besico y que pases una buena semana.

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    1. ¡¡Gracias Tatiana!! Una semana llena de felicidad para ti también :-) Un besito xoxo

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  4. Hola! te quedaron preciosos, los piececines les da un toque genial! muchas gracias por la receta! besis

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    1. Muchas gracias!! A mi me gusta también los piececines! Un besito xoxo

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  5. Qué bonitos, da pena comerlos!! Aunque tienen que estar riquísimos, qué bien te han quedado!!

    Un abrazo

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    1. Hace tiempo! Muchas gracias! Feliz semana! Besitos xoxo

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  6. Son preciosos!
    La combinación de menta y chocolate me parece realmente deliciosa.
    Qué tengas una feliz semana. Un beso ♥








    Qué preciosos! Los piececitos



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    1. Gracias Noemí!! A mi también me gusta mucho la menta y el chocolate juntos.. Feliz semana!! Un besito xoxo

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  7. Aww these cupcakes look adorable! And I really really like your new banner ; )

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    1. Thanks Consuelo :-) I love the little blue feet.. wish it was me pregnant again..
      ps. I´m glad you like the banner, it was much easier to make than I thought it would be..lol

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  8. Mine, mine, these were mine!!!! :)))) Thank you again my friend for all your work and effort of making these cupcakes and other things so beautiful and delicious for our baby!!! He's lucky to have such an auntie!!!

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    1. Yeah they were yours ;-) Can´t wait to see him!! I´m glad you enjoyed it!! xoxo

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  9. que bonitos Johlenne son ideales :)

    www.acomerconmama.blogspot.com

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    1. Muchas gracias Regla :-) Feliz finde! xoxo

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    1. Hey Ashley! I´m glad you like them! Hope you´re having a good weekend.. xoxo

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  11. Your cupcakes, as always, are beautiful! I can't wait to see your next post - I hope it works out for you. I often feel overwhelmed too, but like you, I just do the best I can.

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    1. Thanks Laura! New post already up, I think it happened about the same time you commented here..lol
      Happy weekend! xoxo

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