Monday, July 8, 2013

Recipe: Brownie cupcakes with salted chocolate frosting (Curtis Stone)

Now that they're getting older, the kids love spending more and more time in the kitchen with me. They love it when I give them simple tasks to do, like breaking the eggs into a bowl and beating them, cutting up vegetables (with a scissors), or sifting the flour for a bake. 

I have bookmarked Curtis Stone's brownie cupcakes for a weekend bake, and when I told them we were going to bake after their afternoon nap, they were absolutely ecstatic. The kids were very good helpers and took instructions very well. Baby C now gets to work near the hob too (with supervision, of course), which she loves. 

Weekend baking in the Baby Sumo household :)

Brownies are one of our family's favorite desserts, and I have in the past made it as brownie cupcakes before. For some reason, Curtis Stone's recipe for his brownie cupcakes is incomplete on his website, so I just guessed the last few steps since I have made brownies before, no problem.

This is a great recipe to try with your kids, since they will be able to help you with almost all the tasks. I made a few amendments to the original recipe, such as reducing the sugar in the brownie. After the brownie was ready, I tested it and found it sweet enough hence I decided to omit the golden syrup from the frosting.  I also added a pinch of fleur de sel salt for a hint of saltiness in the frosting.

Pretty brownie cupcakes


Overall, this is an easy bake. The frosting is made from cream cheese and chocolate hence the brownies paired with the  frosting is extremely rich. Usually I would just serve brownie on its own without any frosting with some cream or vanilla ice cream. I would recommend omitting the golden syrup in the frosting or else the cupcake would have been unbearably sweet for me. Garnished with a strawberry and blueberry, the brownie cupcake was very pretty.

Because it was quite rich, we only managed to eat one each and kept the rest in an airtight container in the fridge. The next day, the brownie cupcakes tasted more fudgy but still moist. I like the frosting after it's been in the fridge, tastes so yummy.



Loving my new mini cupcake stand from Marks &Spencer

Mummy's little helpers




Would anyone like one?



Brownie cupcakes with salted chocolate frosting
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from Curtis Stone
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Makes 10

Ingredients
6 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (60-70% cacao), chopped
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp golden syrup or light corn syrup
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecan or walnuts

For the frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
A pinch of fleur de sel salt

To garnish
5 fresh strawberries, sliced in half
10 fresh blueberries


1. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Line the cupcake mould with 8-10 cupcake liners (depending on size of your liners).



2. Stir the chocolate and butter in a small heavy saucepan over low heat until the chocolate and butter has melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the syrup and salt.Remove from the heat and set aside.



3. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and eggs in a large bowl for 2 minutes or until the mixture is thick and light.



4. Stir in the chocolate mixture. Add the flour and baking powder and stir just until blended, then stir in the pecan nuts.

5. Divide the batter equally among the prepared cupcake molds, I filled it about 2/3 full.

6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the cupcakes puff and crack on top and a skewer inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out with fudgy crumbs attached.

7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack.


8. For the frosting: Place the chocolate in a bowl and place it over a small pot of boiling water. Stir constantly until the chocolate melts. Allow the chocolate to cool to room temperature.

9. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until light and smooth. Add the chocolate and fleur de sel and mix until well combined.

10. Place the frosting in a piping bag with a star nozzle. Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes and garnish each with a halved strawberry and blueberry.


Note: I reduced the sugar in the cupcakes (from 3/4 cup to 1/2 cup), and also omitted the golden syrup from the frosting, and added a pinch of fleur de sel instead.









All gone!

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*This recipe was featured on Asian Food Channel's FB page on 11 July 2013.

19 comments:

  1. Looks great, very lush and chocolatey! :) Lucky you with the two little helpers!

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  2. mmmm, i love my cupcakes extra-moist and super-creamy, so this would be the one for me. gosh, by the time baby c is 10 years old, she'll be a master baker! it'll be fun to see what cupcake recipes she might come up with on her own in just a few years :D

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  3. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comJuly 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    This is so beautiful and yummy and your children are so beautiful too :)

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  4. So pretty! I love cupcake with fresh fruit, tasty and healthy, hehe.

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  5. Love to see your kids in the kitchen with you! I often get paranoid about involving my kids as they want to do just a fun part and disappear after... Your cupcakes look delicious, especially with salted chocolate frosting!

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  6. I can imagine how excited they would have been! They did a great job helping too! :D

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  7. Nice shots. Such pretty cupcakes. Kids look like they are enjoying themselves.

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  8. Yen, your children are very enthusiastic helpers. They are as cute as the cupcakes!

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  9. Yen , love your M&S cake stand ! I've been to several M&S here but I guess they don't carry kitchen thingies :P Your two little helpers certainly know their way around the kitchen :D Pretty yummy cupcakes !

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  10. Love the idea of baking brownies as cupcakes and look at that amazing frosting...I so want one right now

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  11. Wow Yen! The 2 little helpers are so cute!

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  12. Awww! That look of concentration on your little helpers' faces! Adorable!

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  13. Hi Yen,

    I can see that your two little helpers were working very hard for these cupcakes. Love the way how they enjoyed their rewards in the end :D

    Zoe

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  14. These brownie cupcakes looks delicious with the salted chocolate frosting... your 2 little ones are such great helpers!

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  15. yes, would like one pls!!very pretty cupcakes and beautiful smiles from your little ones!

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