- A new camera which makes better pictures than the cheap old one I own. I tried to tell Santa about this wish, but he obviously didn´t listen. Any recommendations for a good camera are welcome!
- A recipe for the perfect brownie. Not too chocolaty, not too sweet, preferably with walnuts.
- A recipe for the perfect Oatmeal Cookie. Crunchy, not too sweet, maybe with caramel of walnuts or chocolate chips.
- A recipe for the perfect Sacher Cake with the perfect frosting.
- A recipe for the perfect lactose-free caramel spread which I can use as a filling or topping for cakes and cupcakes.
- A recipe for the perfect cupcake.
There are some recipes which are perfect. The Cinnamon Rolls from my last entry are, or my Grandma´s “Linzer Augen”. They are perfect the way they are, no improvement possible.
And then there are those recipes which are quite good, but still lack the certain something, at least in my opinion. Some of those you will find in the list above.
Eventually I´ll find them, those perfect recipes. Until then I have an excuse for experimenting with various recipes and baking away happily!
These Red Heart Cupcakes, for example, happened because I wanted to create an interesting sponge, one which can also stand alone. I adapted a recipe for Buckwheat Cake so that it was just right for 12 muffins. They are filled with cranberry jam and taste great, even without frosting.
I wanted to frost them with the Cream Cheese Frosting by Linda Lomelino, but found that I had neither enough cream cheese nor enough whipping cream. I therefore used cream cheese, mascarpone, whipping cream and sugar. The frosting perfectly matches the tart flavor of the buckwheat sponge. This cupcake might not be perfect, but it´s close!
I named the cupcake „Red Heart Cupcake“. First of all because the sponge has a red cranberry jam heart, and second, well, it´s Valentine´s day soon. So the name fits the occasion, doesn´t it?
1 stick (125 g) butter, room temperature (lactose-free, if you are very sensitive)
½ cup (125 g) sugar
½ cup (100 g) buckwheat flour
1 cup (125 g) ground almonds
1 tsp. baking soda
7.2 oz. (200 g) cream cheese, lactose-free
3,5 oz. (100g) mascarpone, lactose-free
1¼ cup (300 ml) whipping cream, lactose-free
1 tbsp. Vanilla sugar (no vanillin)
¾ cup (85 g) powdered sugar, sieved
Preheat the oven to 355° C (conventional oven) or 340° C (convection oven).
Put 12 muffin-liners into a muffin baking tray.
Separate the eggs. Put the egg whites into a mixing bowl, the yolks into a small bowl.
In a mixing bowl, combine buckwheat flour, ground almonds and baking soda.
In another mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar with the hand mixer or the kitchen machine until light and fluffy. Add one yolk after the other; beat each yolk in for at least one minute.
Beat the egg whites until stiff.
Whisk one third of the beaten egg whites into the butter mixture. Carefully fold in the flour-almonds mixture, then the rest of the beaten egg whites.
Fill the muffin liners with the batter until they are half full. Put one teaspoon of cranberry jam into the center of each muffin. Spoon the remaining batter over the jam; the jam should be completely covered. The liners should be two thirds full, not more. The batter will rise while baking
Bake for 35-40 minutes. The muffins will be done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Take the muffins out of the oven and let them cool.
In a mixing bowl, beat the whipping cream until stiff.
In a second mixing bowl, whisk together cream cheese, mascarpone, powdered sugar and vanilla sugar.
Add the whipped cream. Beat at low to medium speed with a hand mixer until the mixture has combined well and gets smooth and stiff. If the topping is runny, put it in the fridge for a while.
Fill the topping into an icing bag and decorate the cupcakes with the topping. If you do not have an icing bag, spoon the topping onto the cupcakes and spread it with a butter knife. Decorate as you wish.
Muffins: Adapted from my former neighbor Margit´s recipe for Buckwheat Cake. Thanks!
Topping: Adapted from: Call-me-cupcake.blogspot.se