Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mint Marshmallow

Hope everyone had a great holiday! I haven't celebrated Thanksgiving in two years! I was trapped in Providence last year (well actually I was in New York), and before that I was in Australia. It was great spending time with my family and eating of course! Unfortunately, we don't have any leftovers for today and there's only one slice of sweet potato pie left.  :(

 I wanted to introduce my new marshmallow flavor for the Holiday Season ... Mint Marshmallows
 I had some of these mint marshmallows in a cup of hot chocolate, and it was wonderful. I usually hate the combination of mint and chocolate but I was pleasantly surprised how good it tastes! These little candy cane marshmallows are perfect for Christmas gifts this season!     

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Coconut Cupcakes

Today is my birthday! Whoo hoo! 

I have no idea what the day holds for me, but I think I'm headed the mall. I have this old gift card from Macy's since my high school graduation, and it's time to be used. I would love some liquid foundation, but I really never wear make up unless I'm going dancing and that's pretty rare! I think it's time to master the art of applying makeup... Then there the Sillpat I had my eyes on, every baker should have one in there kitchen for tuile, almond lace, or sticky caramel. Ohh tough call...

For my birthday I made Coconut Cupcakes with Mango Curd.
 It's really as good as it sounds. I just ate one and I'm tempted to get another one, I am the birthday girl!  This cupcake is really moist inside . It's winter and my store bought Brazilian mangoes weren't exactly ripe, but that didn't stop me from filling these cupcakes. I can't wait to try it again with really ripe mangoes, I'm sure the curd will be even more delightful! I made buttercream, and it's a really simple recipe didn't have to find a thermometer for the sugary syrup. It's really smooth and melts in your mouth!

 

Coconut Cupcake
(recipe from Treats)
Yield: 24 cupcakes 

2 1/4 cup cake flour
1 cup milk
6 egg whites (large eggs at room temperature) 
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp coconut extract (used imitation extract)
1 3/4 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
12 T butter

Preheat oven to 350 F. Blend milk, egg whites and extracts in a bowl with a fork until combine. 
Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl with an electric mixer at slow speed.  Add butter a few tablespoons at a time.  Continue to beat mixture at slow speed until mixture resembles crumbs or sand, with no white flour streaks visible. Add 1 3/4 cup of the milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed for 90 seconds.  Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture and beat for 45 seconds.  Don't forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Continue beat 30 seconds longer on medium speed.
Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 way full and bake for 20-25 minutes or until done. 
 
Mango Curd

3/4 cup sugar
3 T cornstarch
1 cup pureed mango (from 2 ripe mangoes)
1/4 cup butter
3 T lime juice
6 egg yolks beaten

Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, mango, butter and lime juice in a small pot.  
Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly.  Temper 1/2 of the hot mixture into the egg yolks.  Return egg yolk mixture back into pot and bring just to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove off of heat. Cover with plastic wrap and chill. 
 
 Swiss Meringue Buttercream

5 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb unsalted butter (cut in cubes)at room temperature

Place sugar, egg whites and salt in a bowl. Set bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, and whisk until sugar has dissolved and egg whites are hot to the touch, about 3 minutes, it should feel completely smooth.

Transfer bowl to mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until mixture has cooled completely and formed stiff and glossy peaks, about 8-10 minutes.
Add the butter, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated after each addition of butter. Add vanilla extract, and beat just until combined. It should be fluffy and have a smooth mouth-feel.


looking good :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Marshmallow Fondant Fail

Wish I could say it's my front yard :p
Hope you guys had a spooky Halloween! I didn't dress up or do anything, barely watched any scary movies. I don't think Resident Evil: Afterlife counts, because it wasn't good or scary. There was one really good scene and I would just watch that specific part involving a giant zombie! I love movies and shows about zombies, I pretty much seen all the popular ones.

So anyway, I made a cake and I had an bad experience with marshmallow fondant! When it came to rolling out the fondant on my table, AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!

Marshmallow Fondant
recipe from Life With Cake:
1 Bag Marshmallows
2 T Water
1-2 lbs Powder Sugar  (sifted)
Crisco (for greasing)

Place marshmallow and water in a bowl. Melt in the microwave on high-heat for 2 minutes.
Grease a spoon with a thin layer of Crisco and stir mixture.
Stir in sifted powder sugar until it resembles dough.
Knead the fondant out on well floured surface, until it's not sticky.

1st Batch..not ''dough-like'' yet
 I didn't use all of the powder sugar so maybe that's were I messed up? I made two separate batches and the second one was much more firmer and dough-like in consistency than the first. I wrapped the fondant in saran wrap, and had the intentions of using it the next day. When I was ready to roll out the fondant, it was very stressful. I kept adding more and more  powder sugar but it kept sticking to the table. I did turn the fondant after each roll, to help prevent it from sticking. It didn't work, and the powder sugar left trapped lumps inside the fondant dough. Even after all the careful rolling, when I tried to pick up the fondant and place it on the cake. IT TORE, can you imagine that happening ten times.

Patchwork job on the side!
After doing patchwork jobs on the fondant that I ultimately tried to place on cake, thinking I could magically fix it or hide it. WRONG. It still came out lumpy on the cake and it looked really thin.


Wrinkles..yuck!
 I was still able to salvage some fondant for decor. I definitely want to conquer marshmallow fondant because it's quite yummy and I'm jealous of all the beautiful marshmallow fondant cakes on Youtube. Well it won this round...To Be Continued!