I am starting a new ‘section’ on my ‘blog’ (I guess that is what this thing is), wherein I post things that I have made (that are somewhat edible). This is tentatively titled Playing With Food, because I do not consider myself a cook or baker. I’m pretty sure only my mother and The Boyfriend would say they LOVE anything I make (and I love them dearly for it). But I like cooking and baking, and with every recipe I tackle, the better cook and baker I become. Here’s my attempt to chronicle a few.
First up is Nutella Cupcakes. I originally found this recipe from Babble via Pinterest . I baked it a few months ago following the directions exactly. They turned out great, but I found I had a problem with swirling in the nutella to where it marbled throughout the cupcake, instead of just the top, which is what was happening with me. Since today is Sunday and the desire to bake usually overcomes me on Sundays, I decided to give it another go, seeing as I had all the ingredients.
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup canola or mild vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4-1/2 cup Nutella, at room temperature
Mixed them all together according to the directions (wet first, added the dry) in this guy:
(Birthday present from The Boyfriend)
This is what the mixture looks like after the wet and dry ingredients are mixed together
Here is where I deviate from the recipe. Instead of separating into muffin pan and adding nutella, I decided to add about 1/4-1/2 cup nutella to the mixer and have the stand mixer do all the work (I’m all about delegation and efficiency).
Look at the creamy chocolate/nutella-ey goodness. Who wants to stick their finger in??
The batter is thick, so it was easy to scoop into a muffin tin. I was out of mini muffin liners, so I just used some olive oil cooking spray.
Bake for around 25 min on 325 degrees and this is the final result:
As you can see from the pictures, they did turn out a bit dry. To counteract this, I spread a bit of nutella on the top. Which defeats the purpose of ‘self icing’ in the original recipe, but they still taste amazing.
I think if I try this recipe again, I would use regular yellow cake mix, so it isn’t so thick and maybe a bit easier to spread nutella at the end. Either way, this makes for a yummy treat :)
Anyone else playing with their food?
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