Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes

Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes
I can see festive recipes all over the food blogs these days as Vinayaka Chathurthi and Onam is fast approaching.But here I am with a cupcake recipe and there's a reason why.Do you go through these 'phases' where you try new recipes and one after the another,it fails?Well,I just went through that phase:).When seemingly easy recipes from reputed blogs fail I seriously start to doubt my abilities.

Whenever I feel my baking mojo is down,I turn to these simple bakes.They are my instant pick-me-ups.Whipping up a cake or a cupcake is no rocket science and for the same reason when they fail,I go into a slumber mode.I'd bookmarked these cupcakes from my favorite baking blog,Deeba's PAB and decided to try these as my final trial before deciding to take a break from baking as a whole and I am glad they came out superb.Phew,I can continue baking now:)
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes
Filled with the goodness of Almond meal,with a bite of chocolate chip in each bite these are a true delight to bake and eat.I decided to pep it up a notch higher and decorated these with buttercream and ganache rosettes,both whipped up earlier for different bakes.
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes
I still consider myself a novice when it comes to decorating.For the same reason,I attended a crash course in cake decorating at a talented bloggers' cake decorating workshop.I realized I knew how to pipe flowers and borders and shells etc but when it came to the real deal,I wasn't able to put it into practice.Subhashini Ramsingh,who blogs at Fondbites,patiently listened to my woes and tutored me well.Thanks to her,I don't feel as tensed anymore before piping designs.

Coming back to this cupcake,they taste good without the icing as well.Moist and petite,it would make for perfect snack box treats.If you decide to frost the cupcakes however,I'd suggest chocolate ganache.There's something about the pairing of nuts and chocolate which takes the finished dish a level higher.
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes
Recipe source - PAB

Ingredients[makes 18 small cupcakes]

Almonds - 85 gms,whole
Brown/White sugar - 30 gms
Vanilla bean - 1/2 of one bean,seeds scraped
Slightly Warm milk - 220 ml
All purpose flour/Maida - 180 gms
Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Salt - a fat pinch
Unsalted butter - 100 gms
Sugar - 120 gms
Eggs - 2,room temperature
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Dark chocolate chips - 85 gms

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.Line the muffin tray with paper liners.I have a 9 hole muffin tray so I used it twice to bake.
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes 
Pulse the almonds and sugar in 5 second spurts to a fine meal.Do not over process or else you'll end up with almond paste!
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes 
Scrape the seeds of 1/2 a vanilla bean and stir into the warm milk.
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes 
Sift together flour,baking powder and salt.Mix in the almond meal.
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes 
Beat together butter and sugar till creamy.Mix in the eggs one by one followed by vanilla.
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes 
Alternately add flour-almond meal mix and milk beginning and ending with flour,flour in 3 lots and milk in 2.Fold in the chocolate chips,dusted with a tsp of flour for even mixing.
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes 
Divide the batter between the liners and bake for about 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
Almond Choco-chip Cupcakes
For icing,I used buttercream and ganache.Used Wilton 1M and 2D nozzles.

Recipe for buttercream.
Recipe for ganache.

12 comments :

  1. Very Pretty looking cuppies :-) I have always been a fan of your bakes and you are no novice. Love this version of almond and chocochip somehow the ganache takes my heart

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  2. lovely...drolling down Divya..

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  3. cute and delicious almond cup cakes with awesome clicks.

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  4. Pretty cupcakes... Yummy and delicious...

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  5. Delicious and colorful looking cupcakes. Very pretty and lavish spread indeed. fit for royalty.
    Deepa

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  6. The cupcakes are yummy looking delights :)

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  7. Love the way you have piped those roses so BEAUTIFUL

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  8. Very attractive and pretty cute frosting..Beautiful cupcakes..

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  9. Looks awesome, amazing & mouthwatering !

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  10. Wonderful delights Divya....the swirls look perfect, & the cuppies too!

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  11. Wow, your pictures are killing me dear! Lovely cuppies topped with gorgeous roses ...stunning!


    ^Love2cook Malaysia^

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  12. The rosettes are wonderful and look extraordinary :) never take a break from baking ure super good at it:)

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Divya.

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