For Bibba

Sunday, 16 August 2009

It was recently my birthday and a very special person gave me a very special book. A book called Cakes, subtitled; To Celebrate Love & Life. Could there be a more perfect title. This book was made for me.

So this weekend I decided to take it for a spin. Delving first into the Chocolate Cupcake recipe. Instead of using the normal buttercream icing I was challenged to try the Meringue Icing. Never one to back down from a challenge I went full speed. And the result was delightful.

2 cups sugar
1 ¾ cups flour

¾ cup cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp baking powder1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs at room temp
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup boiling water

Preheat the oven to 180 C
Prepare muffin pans with 18-24 paper cups

In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together all dry ingredients. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla essence.

Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in the boiling water, the batter should be runny. A bit like chocolate soup.
Pour the batter into the paper cups equally.

Bake for 10-20 minutes. Leave to cool completely before topping with icing.

Meringue Icing

4 egg whites at room temp

1 cup sugar
A pinch of salt

A drop of food colouring if desired

In a heatproof bowl of an electric mixer, combine the egg whites, sugar and salt. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water and hand-whisk continuously for 3-5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is hot to the touch.

Attach the bowl to the electric mixer with the whisk attachment, and beat on low for 2 minutes. Add a drop or food colouring, then beat on high for a further 5 minutes until mixture has cooled down and stiff peaks form. pipe immediately.

Maritz, Callie & Guy, Mari-Louis. Cakes, to celebrate love & life. Cape Town: Struik Lifestyle,


PS. The chocolate shavings made it!



Callie said...

Hi Jaxi

Love your blog! Glad the baking went well, let us know when you`ve tried the Red Velvet. For that one I suggest you stick to the Cream Cheese Frosting. Any feedback welcome.Starting book 2 soon and always want to improve on our efforts.
Go well--Callie

Jaxi said...

Thank you so much Callie!

Im extremely honoured by your comment!
Will be sure to try the Red Velvet (it also happens to be my favourite!)
Thanks again!



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