Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sweet Adventures Blog Hop: Love at First Bite Recipe


 
A Very Sexy Cupcake Recipe



Woody Allen once said, “Love is the answer, but while you’re waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.”

Whether you agree or disagree, one thing’s for sure: love IS the answer, but while you’re waiting for the answer… EAT CUPCAKES.

FACT: Cupcakes are great for many things including spoiling loved ones, treating family, impressing friends, being photographed by Instagram, curing lovesickness and relieving depression.

Seeing as the 14th of the month is Valentine’s Day and all, February’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop theme is aptly named Love at First Bite. The blog hop is a collaboration between 84th and 3rd, The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, Delicieux, The Hungry Australian and Dining With a Stud (the last of whom is hosting this hop).

Want to join in? Click here for instructions.

Love at First Bite requires food bloggers to post a recipe that they fell in love with or one that makes them want to cook for love. Following a similar vein, I want to share with you an original dessert recipe that is guaranteed to make anyone who tastes the result fall in love with you*: my passionfruit cupcakes with rose petal icing.

Now I don't usually go around slandering and calling cupcakes easy, but that's exactly what these pretty little things are! This cupcake recipe is also perfect for Valentine's Day.



Cupcake Ingredients
150 grams canned passionfruit pulp
2 cups self raising flour
¾ cup caster sugar
125 grams melted butter (half a block)
2 eggs
¾ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 drops pink food dye
Dried tea roses or rose petals to decorate

Icing Ingredients
Rose water to taste (apprx. few teaspoons)
300 grams sifted icing sugar
125 grams butter (other half of block)
2-3 tablespoons boiling water



How to Make Love (Cupcakes)

Before you start, you’ll need to warm up, so preheat the oven to 180°C. Remember to aways use protection; line your muffin tray with paper cupcake cases. 

Combine flour and caster sugar in a mixing bowl and make a hole in the middle.


Insert the milk, melted butter, eggs (whisked) and vanilla essence into the hole, then mix firmly but gently until the mixture is smooth and glossy and you can hear it moaning with pleasure. If you’re ready to get a bit kinky, mix in passionfruit pulp.


Spoon mixture into muffin tin and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. When spooning in this situation, it is essential you adopt the role of the big spoon. Allow to cool (now is the perfect time to have a cigarette). 




How to Finish (Icing)

Make sure butter is soft but not melted (i.e. can push finger into it with ease). Now it’s time for some S and M: whip butter with electric whisk until it is fluffy and almost white in colour.


Add butter to the sifted icing sugar and fold to combine, adding the boiling water as you go.


Carefully add two drops of pink food dye until the icing blushes light pink. Add rose water to taste.



Using your Fingers

The best way to ice the cupcakes is with your fingers, so make sure you wash your hands!

Load your finger up with the thick icing and use a flat finger to spread it gently and evenly over the cupcake in long, flowing strokes (if done correctly, this also gets rid of excess icing). 


For the cherry on top, carefully place a dried tea rose or two on top for decoration. They love it when you give them flowers.


The result: picture perfect pink cupcakes that are sweet, floral and fluffy. No one would ever guess the things you got up to with those 32 beauties. You could wait until Valentine’s Day to make them for that special someone, but surely true love doesn’t wait for special occasion. Plus you never know what you might receive in return… 



*Just add a pinch of Flunitrazepam





22 comments:

  1. Very pretty :)
    I love the addition of the rose on top.

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    1. Thanks Kyrstie! They're not girly at all, eh? ; )

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  2. Your cupcakes look adorable! I love the rose on top, perfect for this theme.

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    1. Cheers Jennifer! I must admit, I think I'm more likely to fall in love with someone who feeds me, rather than someone who brings me flowers!

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  3. Well, not only do these look absolutely divine... they have passionfruit, which I adore. Love at first bite... yeah!

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    1. I must say, they tasted pretty good too! Hope you can make them some day soon : )

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  4. I love pink cupcakes - they bring out the little girl in me :)

    Love the passionfruit flavour too - perfect for summer!

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    1. Thanks Christina! Loving the theme. They are also perfect for Spring, because of the flowers. And Autumn, because the roses are dried like Autumn leaves. And Winter, because you need comfort food in the cold. Hehe!

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  5. Perfect for a tea party.
    When I first saw the John West can, I thought 'What is she doing putting TUNA in cupcakes?!' hehe:)

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    1. HA! John West, the best! I'm sure Heston Blumenthal has made some kind of fish cupcake with sardine icing, or something equally as odd and creative!

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  6. Passionfruit cupcakes... Lovely :) The rosebuds are so cute!

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    1. They are indeed! The passionfruit can be replaced with anything that tickles your fancy, too. For example, fresh raspberries would go down a treat!

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  7. Beautiful cupcakes! Thanks so much for joining the hop :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting Nic, and congrats on the wedding!

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  8. Looks like a great cake batter. Passionfruit (and lemon) are two of my favourite flavours for cakes, will def put it on my to bake list! Thanks!

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    1. You could definitely make a lemon curd and use it instead of the passionfruit... or even as well! Just between you and me, I had a few spoonfuls of the batter before baking the cupcakes!

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  9. I have a very fond memory of going to Hawaii when I was a teenager and stumbling upon passion fruit butter. Being landlocked and far from tropical, passion fruit is something I unfortunately never come across. I had no clue the pulp came in a can, so I'll be checking my grocery store for it next time I'm there! Your cupcakes look delicious and are very well presented. Impressive!

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    1. Thanks so much for your gorgeous story and kind words, Julia! Hopefully you find passionfruit pulp in a can and incorporate it into many a recipe to come. I know a great recipe you can practice with... ; )

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  10. OOOH thst cake looks fluffy and beautiful. I used to buy those rose petals all the time ,but have searched high and low recently and cant find them.Obviously Melbourne hasnt got the same problem!

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    1. Thanks Tania!

      If you know of a decent Asian grocer, they often stock rose petals cheaply. Good luck!

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  11. Your recipe instructions are cracking me up - it's like a late Sunday night movie on SBS ;) Lovely idea adding the rosewater into the icing as well - sounds delicious! Thanks for joining the hop!

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    1. Cheers JJ! I thought it was time to be a bit cheeky, recipes can become so repetitive, especially cupcake recipes. Keep up the food work and thanks for establishing the hop!

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