Saturday, September 1, 2012
Baking Challenge Week 34 - Carving - Cardamom Tea Cupcakes with Caramel Filling
I wanted to do a simple carved cupcake for this challenge, because, as I've said before, it's hard to feel motivated to do cakes when they'll spoil before my husband and I can eat them all. Cupcakes are much easier to give away if staleness threatens!
Also, I've never carved cake before and didn't want to get in over my head.
I found an Earl Grey cupcake recipe and simply substituted my cardamom tea. The cupcakes themselves came out beautifully, and were very easy to carve.
I had plans to make a caramel frosting I'd run across while looking for the cupcake recipe, and I tried it....and it's not frosting. I won't link the recipe, but I followed it exactly, both proportions and procedure, and it's just not frosting. It's a glaze, at best. It would not thicken.
So instead of piping a nice dollop of frosting into my hulled cupcakes, I spooned the glaze in, and am waiting for it to harden enough to risk eating a cupcake without oozing everywhere. Fingers crossed!