Friday, March 26, 2010

Painted cupcakes!

Today, I must say I was in a very playful mood. I didn't feel like sticking to some boring old recipe; I wanted to paint but I was too tired to start a new painting on a big piece of paper. Most of my morning was spent at my silly doctor's appointment and we had dinner plans. So I was left with two hours to spare. So what could I bake in two hours with a shortage of butter? As I was talking to Amma I was reminded of my famous butterless eggless chocolate cupcake. She was asking me for the recipe and I realized that was one thing I had made before but hadn't gone down to the details of the recipe the last time I posted it on my blog (In case you want to look it up, it's under the month of February and it's called Valentine's day specials. The frosting I used this time was fondant and I painted over the white fondant with food colouring. The fondant I made today was a really bad recipe and it all came out lumpy so I'm not too thrilled or excited about the fondant recipe and hence I will not be posting it. I'm not too ecstatic about how they ended up looking. I wish the fondant was firmer; oh well, there's always next time. Well, at least I found a new canvas for my paintings.

I miss everyone back at home and I want to tell everyone that I'm thinking about home and my friends and family. I wish I could cook for everyone back at home but just the fact that they read my blog makes me the most happiest person. Thanks to those who clicked the ads on the corner! I am so excited I have a bit of pocket money now; as I said, it's not much but it's something and it makes me feel like an earning member of the family.

The cupcakes are almost fail proof and here is the recipe:

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Wet ingredients:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tbs white vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar (I know sugar is not a wet ingredient but it will fall into place when you read the recipe)
  • This is as simple as it gets. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  • Then in a separate bowl mix all the wet ingredients and then stir in the sugar.
  • Pour this mixture in with the dry mixture and stir well till all the lumps and bumps disappear.
  • Line your cupcake tray with cupcake paper and spoon the mixture in.
  • Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. (It might not take that long, it depends on your oven. Stick a fork in a cupcake and if it comes out clean it's perfect.)
  • You can frost the cupcakes with butter cream frosting, the same one I used on my chocolate cake.
  • Done!


  1. OHMYGOD!!! Those are the most beautiful cupcakes I've ever seen!! I would wrap them up and put them away... like when you buy nice stationery and never use it. They're just so lovely! :) As is everything else you make. I would be the fattest person in the world if I was you or Shaundep.

  2. Ultimate!
    Wow, I say!

  3. This is a masterpiece of cooking art! Absolutely original and well done. Creativity and cooking at its best!

  4. Hey, that was fast!!!Thks for posting the recipe,& it's my pleasure to learn this from my little girl!
    Apt name,'foodandpaints' proved that if you are a good cook, & an artist, rolled into one, one need not have a canvas to paint!
    As days pass by, I feel so happy, God made me your amma..............God bless my girl.

  5. An artist and cook rolled into one; that is my Ammukutty! With your style one can't have the cake and eat it too!!! Cup cakes look so cute, how can I destroy the painting!
    Love, Acha

  6. art!! beautiful.. i could never eat them... and can never resist them... damn!!!


  7. GORRRGEOUSSS cakes!!!! HOw cannn we eat such cutie piesss!!! :DDDD

  8. I know exactly what you mean! I can never eat much of what I bake myself, and I could never really figure out why. Sometimes I forget to eat a meal if I'm too caught up in the baking process too!

    These cupcakes are gorgeous! I love the idea of fondant and the way you can mold it, but I really don't like the way it tastes, which is what has prevented me from trying it all this time... But then again, I've never tried it homemade so maybe it'll taste better?

    Happy Blogging! :)

  9. These are so quaint. Edible pieces of art! WOW!I was stumped with the vinegar ingredient! Somehow associated vinegar with salads and crumb fish-never with cupcakes!? What does it do actually in the baking process?

  10. oooooooo....sandy man!!!! these are the bestest most beautiful things ive ever seen!!!
    Beautious! really amazing.. :D..

  11. this is awesome! i would never eat them they look so pretty.. but..
    ahh this is brilliant!!