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Monday, March 21, 2011

HCB Free Choice: Mini Vanilla Bean Pound (Cup)Cakes


I made this cupcake a couple of weeks ago. I was actually making the Pecan Pie from the Pie & Pastry Bible, and felt like making something from RHC as well. So I made the mini vanilla bean pound cake as cupcakes. I figured it's easy enough to do. I made 1/3 of recipe, which yield 4 cupcakes - about 45-50 grams each.

I am not going to go over the recipe in this post. It's pretty easy - like a regular butter cake. But also because I had forgotten what the recipe is like and I don't have my book with me. Haha. The downfall of baking ahead :).

In the recipe, the cake isn’t frosted, only syruped, but I felt like having some frosting. It’s been a long time since I made buttercream, and I have yet to try Lyle's Golden Syrup on neooclassic, so that’s what I made - flavored with orange flower water and orange oil. I figured since the pound cake does not have a strong flavor it would go well. And it did. So good was the buttercream that I ended up forgetting to syrup the cupcakes.

Frosting the cupcakes was fun. And I thought it needed something else so I took a bar of Green & Blacks white chocolate I had in the freezer and grated some over the cupcakes. The topped with little pink non pareils for more cute effect :).


Tasting impressions:
I didn't miss the syrup in the cake at all. The cake remained moist. It's definitely more dense than the yellow butter cake/cupcake but in a good way. The neoclassis buttercream is excellent. With Lyle the taste is phenomenal.

And I will leave you with a picture of the Pecan Pie. I made the chocolate version and decorated them with lattice top and whipped cream.


4 comments:

  1. now that's what frosting should look like! your cupcakes look delicious, and so pretty. and your little chocolate-pecan pies are adorable too.

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  2. Ohhhh I'm wanting some pie, because pecan pie is the one of the only pies that I will eat. The cupcake look sooo cute!

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  3. What a brilliant combination!

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  4. The cupcakes are super cute and the flavor combos you mentioned sound delicious. Orange blossom water? Oh yeah! White choc? Hello! :o) The crust in your pecan pie looks super flaky. Which recipe did you use? The cream cheese one? That's one of my fav.

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