Monday, August 27, 2012

Blooming Fluffy Yellow Cupcakes

I always remember... my mum telling me how much she likes yellow flowers.

Every time when I see yellow daffodils blooming at Spring, I think of my mum and how much she likes her yellow flowers.

For this post, I'm baking these yellow flower cupcakes to remember my mum and Daffodil Day. In Australia, Daffodil Day is a major fundraising event for raising essential funds for cancer research, prevention and support services. Thus, for this day, I would like to commemorate my mum who has passed away due to cancer.

In fact, Daffodil Day is one of the reasons how I started blogging two years back... I was baking cupcakes for Daffodil Day fund raising and posted my very first post with these cupcakes. I'm totally amazed to see how these two years has passed and how I have evolved to be what I am today... 

Happy 2nd blogiversary and 201st post to me!

yellow flower cupcakes chocolate frosting
My yellow flower cupcakes made with a classic yellow cake base
Making the cupcakes
Not forgetting the frosting...
Making the frosting
Here are my pretty cupcakes...
... and I think they are as pretty as the daffodils :D
I'm happy with this bake! The cakes are pretty and also delicious with a nice fluffy texture!
Here's another pretty yellow flower...
Here's the recipe from the book, The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook
(with my modification in blue)

Please note that this recipe originally bakes a two-layer cake but I have used a third of it to bake six yellow cupcakes. This cake base is very delicious and fluffy and goes very well with this chocolate frosting. This chocolate frosting is very delicious and chocolaty but I think it is not as smooth as the Barefoot Contessa chocolate cake that I have baked in May this year.

2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) cake flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda (replaced by baking powder)
3/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
10 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
3 tbsp vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs, separated, plus 3 large yolks, room temperature
Pinch cream of tartar (I didn't use this)

20 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
Pinch salt
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 ounces chocolate, melted and cooled

For the cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F . Grease two 9-inch round cake pans, line with parchment paper, grease parchment, and flour pans. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 1/2 cups sugar together in large bowl. In medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and egg yolks.

Using stand mixer fitted with whisk, whip egg whites and cream of tartar on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 min. Increase speed to medium-high and whip whites to soft billowy mounds, about 1 min. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and whip until glossy, stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 mins. Transfer to bowl and set aside.

Add flour mixture to now-empty bowl. With mixer on low speed, gradually pour in butter mixture and whip until almost incorporated (a few streaks of dry flour will remain), about 15 secs. Scrape down bowl, then whip on medium-low speed until smooth and fully incorporated, 10 to 15 secs.

Using rubber spatula, stir one-third of whites into batter, then add remaining two-thirds whites and gently fold into batter until no white streaks remain. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans, smooth tops with rubber spatula, and gently tap pans on counter to release air bubbles.

Bake cake until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20 to 22 mins. Let cakes cool in pans on wire rack for 10 mins. Remove cakes from pans, discard parchment, and let cool completely, about 2 hours, before frosting. 

For the frosting: Process butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in food processor until smooth, about 30 secs, scraping down bowl as needed. Add corn syrup and vanilla and process until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Scrape down bowl, then add chocolate and process until smooth and creamy, 10 to 15 secs. (For a small quantity of frosting, I mixed all my frosting ingredient using a wooden spoon.)

To assemble the cake: Place 1 cake layer on prepared platter. Place about 1 1/2 cups frosting in center of cake layer and, using a spatula, spread in even layer to edge of cake. Place second cake layer on top, making sure layers are aligned, then frost top in same manner as first layer, this time spreading frosting until slightly over edge. Now, gently spread frosting at side of cake. Smooth frosting by gently running edge of spatula around cake and leveling ridge that forms around top edge. Serve.

Note: Using 1/3 of the recipe, I've baked 6 standard sized cupcakes at 160°C fan forced for 25 min. Using 1/6 of the frosting recipe, I've also prepared enough frosting to ice these cupcakes.

To assemble cupcakes: Place 1-2 tbsp of frosting on the top of each cupcake. Smooth frosting by twirling the spatula around the edges of the cupcakes. Top each cupcake with a baby spinach or any herbs and a fondant flower in the middle of the frosting. Serve.

Happy Baking
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  1. How beautiful! They look so sunny and bright! :)

  2. Hi Zoe~~
    I like ur pretty flowers n cup cakes too =)
    nice day~~

  3. Zoe, very nice cupcakes! Thanks for sharing the recipe. May the Lord send you peace and comfort in remembrance of your mom.

  4. Hi Zoe, these cupcakes are so pretty! Happy 2nd blogging anniversary, and here's to many more wonderful years to come. I've dropped you an email about the natural food colouring, let me know if you didn't receive it. Thanks so much for your offer to get them for me :)

  5. Hi Zoe, wow... your cupcake look so cute. Love the little yellow flowers.

    The texture of the cake look good, I like the frosting, yum yum.

    Have a nice day.

  6. The daffodils are such pretty accents!

  7. Congratulations Zoe! I wish you many more years of blogging. I have to say that your blog was great inspiration for me, you unknowingly encouraged me to go on and give my best, because when I follow a blog I make sure to read it from the first post, and I was able to see your blog growing. We all start small - I think I'm still small :)

    Just like my other foodie friends, some of your recipes made their way to my family's favorite list.
    Thanks so much for the time you spent teaching us how to make all those goodies which we share with our friends and family and for introducing me to new delicious dishes :)

  8. Congratulations! These are the cutest little flowers ever :) It's so nice to hear other people enjoy fundraising too. :)

  9. Zoe..what beautiful cupcakes and what a lovely tribute to your mom. And I am looking forward to following you for many more years to come! : )

  10. Gorgeous cupcakes and congrats on your 2 year blogversary. ;) Really happy to have discovered your blog this year.

  11. Congratulations my friend, you are amazingly skilled and this is a wonderful way to celebrate :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  12. Happy 2nd blogiversary Zoe! Your cupcakes really look lovey.

  13. This is too beautiful. Your cupcake is just gorgeous inside out.

  14. Hi Zoe! Happy 2nd Birthday to "Bake for Happy Kids"!

    2 years is a long time for a blog.

    Most blogs never really outlast a brief initial burst of enthusiasm, but those that do last rarely hold on for more than about few years before changing into some other kind of format like a paid gig or some other commercial thingy which, to me, loses its soul.

    I hope you continue this blog same way and for the same reason why you started it 2 years ago.

    Keep blogging, keep baking!


  15. Beautiful cupcakes! Congratulations on two years of blogging - that's quite an accomplishment! Thanks for sharing with all of us your amazing photos, stories, and recipes. :)

  16. Happy 2nd blog anniversary! Very pretty cupcakes with those yellow flowers. I wish I can have some now. Very moist texture.

  17. Happy 2nd anniversary, Zoe!Daffodil day is a day that we dont mind to queue to get on something & in my mind, just 1 thing,giving little bit that I can afford & at the same time, helping someone! I have a collection of cute, cute bears & it's the time of the year that I'll get a present from my hubby, the bear as he knows that I love them so much!

  18. What a beautiful work of art those are!! Happy 2nd! :)

  19. Hi Zoe,
    This is a lovely tribute to your mom! Your cupcake looks so pretty, I'm sure your mom would smile with pride!
    Congratulations on your 2nd Blog Anniversary and your 201st post! How time just passes by, especially when we are enjoying what we are doing!
    Cheers to you, baking buddy! I'm glad to have known you! To another year of great and delicious blogging! Yammmmmmmmm.....Senggggggg.......!!!

  20. Hi Zoe! Happy 2nd blogiversary! What a big milestone and these gorgeous cupcakes are perfect for celebrating this occasion. Very nice story about how you started this blog and tie with yellow flower cupcakes. I love daffodils too - even one flower makes a huge existence. I love how you used green napkins to present this. Very pretty. :)

  21. sending you a big hug ,can feel how much you miss your mum. Love the cute cup cakes :) have a nice day

  22. They look delicious, really inviting. Happy 2nd blog anniversary x

  23. I love the idea of daffodil day! I have "daffodil cake" on my list of things to bake this year.

  24. Vibrant colors..Sure kids will be happy.. love to try it..

  25. Happy 2nd blog anniversary, you've baked very bright and happy looking cupcakes to celebrate :D Looks so pretty too!

  26. Happy 2nd Blogsary , Zoe ! More yummy and inspiring post in the year ahead !

    These gorgeous and delicious cupcakes are perfect for this occasion ! And I'm sure your Mum would really love these beautiful offering :)

  27. They are looking so beautiful and lovely:)

  28. Just like your mum, I like not only yellow flowers but also yellow color. What a wonderful and tempting looking cupcakes. Congrats on your blogging anniversary.

  29. hi zoe, happy 2nd blog anniversary! it's a very nice and meaningful post for the rememberance of your mum. i really like the way you present your cupcakes, lovely!! cheers to you, buddy!

  30. Very cute cupcakes Zoe:)))
    Congratulations on 2 years of blogging♥¸.•*´¯*♥

  31. Ohh so beautiful!! Congratulations for your 2nd anniversary and your 201 post!!! I think your cupcakes are gorgeous :)
    Mary x

  32. Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary this pretty and very inspirational.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are enjoying your week :)

  33. Happy 2nd anniversary, Zoe! These cupcakes are so cute & so spring! Lovely presentation with pretty flowers & a loving tribute to your mom! I'm sure she'll very proud of you. Have a nice day, Zoe. :)

  34. Wow, Happy Second Blog Anniversary! Good work - let's hope many more birthdays are to come. And really nice recipe - love the colors. Top photo is great.

  35. I simply love yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Cooks Illustrated always has great recipes and they always turn out perfect, just like Barefoots. Did you make the chocolate frosting with the Barefoot cake? I thought her frosting was great, but had to much of a coffee flavor. You don't taste the coffee in her cake, but you definitely taste the expresso in her chocolate frosting.

    1. Hi Jacquelyn,

      I have baked my Barefoot cake substituting the coffee with cocoa powder. My son and I can't really consume coffee due to its caffeine content and so I have been substituting all my coffee ingredients with cocoa powder for all my bakes.


    2. Thanks for the reply Zoe. I will try her frosting on these cupcakes sans the coffee. These cupcakes would be perfect for Eli's birthday party snack as school.

  36. Hi Zoe! These cupcakes are so adorable and chocolaty! Love the pictures! And Happy 2nd Blogiversary :)

  37. What a lovely post for your 2nd blogiversary - congratulations! You have decorated them beautifully.

  38. Hi Zoe,
    This is a lovely sunny cupcakes. Love the way you decorated them.
    Congrats for your 2nd Blogiversary. I am glad to have found your blog and enjoy reading from your blog.

  39. These look really lovely. So simple and yet so elegant! xx