I enjoy decorating cakes and cupcakes. I like to experiment them with various types of frosting. Although it's time consuming and kinda messy, I love doing this. Probably it's like my 'baking & decorating' therapy for a stressful week in the office! Whatever you call it, my family and neighbour get to taste them. At least they are happy with it.
This time, I tried my hands at making chocolate butterflies which I did a day earlier. What you need to do is, just melt the dark chocolate to make the outline of the butterflies, and the filling for the wings, you can use any flavored colored chocolate that you like. I bought mango chocolate a few weeks ago with the intention of making this. Pipe in the outline (free hand) of the butterflies on a parchment paper, and fill them with the colored chocolate. You must work quickly as the chocolate will get stiff and you will need to re-heat to melt it again. Once you have your butterflies, keep them in a refrigerator to harden and then store it in a container until use. If you have little kids at home, well, good luck in saving enough of them for your cuppies!
For the frosting, I used buttercream (the yellow one) and cream cheese (the white one). Both are great for these cupcakes.
Makes 24 regular cupcakes:
375 g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
125g unsalted butter
200g sugar (I used 125g)
240ml milk or single cream
135g blueberries (lightly mashed with 1 tbsp water)
1. Pre-heat oven to 180d C.
2. Mix dry ingredient together and set aside.
3. Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well at each addition.
4. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk or cream.
5. Add the blueberries and fill the cupcake cases with 2/3 full and bake till done.
Frost as desired and place the butterflies.
Butterflies: Do the wings together with the antenna separately. To assemble, place mini choc chips in the center for the body and place the wings at the sides. Angle the wings sideways and support them with mini choc chips below the wings.