Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Honey Cupcake with Homemade Fondant Honey bees


This week the Son’s school has reopened after summer vacation. I never have wanted him to get into such a structured life at only 3. with the commutation time he has to spend almost 6 hours outside. By the time he comes back at 1 P.M. he is all tired and often even falls asleep in the car. But with the nature of his father’s job we really din't have any other option. It almost breaks my heart to wake him at early morning. Though he loves his friends and the activities in the school but this morning routine annoys him. Every day he would request us to let him sleep for another minute and sometimes we feel bad for not indulging him.

to top that getting back to the routine after a long vacation is always difficult. Just to prepare him for school we planned a day of activity with things that he likes to do. We went to a nearby mall where he spent some time playing with other kids in the play arena, ate his favourite burger, spent some more time with his cousin sister and while coming back asked me to make some honey bees for him. Recently he has started watching Winnie the pooh and every-time the fat bear drinks honey from the urn he laughs and claps. So honey bees  to cheer my boy on some moist and flavourful honey cuppies this time.

The recipe of the cupcakes is borrowed from the Jewish honey cake. Somehow I dint like the idea of too many flavours in a single dish so I chose only those which I thought will work well together. I have made this cake few times before and I must say this is one of those moist, flavourful and regal cakes that you want to bookmark and bake again and again.

Here is the quick recipe:
(Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

Honey Cupcakes
(Makes 12 big cupcakes or a 9” round cake)

Ingredients:
Flour: 13/4 cups
Baking Powder: 1 tsp
Baking soda: ½ tsp
Brown sugar: 2/3 cup (measure and powder in the food processor)
Cinnamon powder: 1 tsp
Pinch of salt

Oil: ½ cup (I used Saffola gold)
Honey: ½ cup (love Spencer’s honey. Has a beautiful floral aroma)
Orange juice: ¼ cup (freshly squeezed is better)
Eggs: 2 small eggs
Coffee decoction: ½ cup (I used 11/2 tsp Nescafe gold in 1/2 cup hot water)
Vanilla essence: ½ tsp

Method:
Preheat the oven at 175C.

Line and prepare your muffin pan with muffin liners. Keep aside. If using a round pan then generously grease it and line with butter paper.

Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder. Place everything in a big bowl.

Separately whisk all the dry ingredients till mixed. Pour this in the dry and whisk to get a smooth, shiny homogenous batter.

Pour till ¾ if your muffin cups. Bake for 25-28 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Also check if it sprongs back when pressed lightly at the center. That’s the sign of a good moist honey cake.

For round or square pans bake for 45-55 minutes.

cool and later take out of the pan. serve warm or at room temperature. If storing, then wrap in cling foil and refrigerate.

This recipe is very versatile. You can measure up or down the recipe to fit your requirement.  

If you want to frost it whip double cream till soft peaks and using a star nozzle cover the top. Decorate with fondant honey bees or with sprinkles.

Event:
Goes to Nishas First giveaway of Cupcake Carrier at Spusht.
Vardhini's Bakefest this month hosted at daily cuppa.
Tickling palate's lets cook, kid's special.


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38 comments:

Maayeka said...

So delicious,moist and flavourful cake..loved the cute honey bees!

Dolly Sharma said...

Cute Little honey bee cupcakes. I'm sure your little one must be so happy when he must have seen them and a great way to cheer him up. I know as mothers it many a times breaks our hearts when we see our kids go through stuff...like going to school etc. It does get better over time. Till then Mother and son indulge in these gorgeous and delectable cupcakes...

Priya said...

Wow those cupcakes looks damn cute and attractive, i can have two cupcakes rite now even after having my dinner.Yummy.

Preeti said...

These look so sweet:) Absolutely perfect!!

kankana said...

honey bee gulo onek cute hoeche and the frosting looks beautiful. Great job on the cupcake!

PrathibhaSreejith said...

Wow, cupcake looks so cute with those little honey bees. Beautiful pics with lovely presentation :)
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

My son's school is little late (9am) and I drop him everyday so commuting time is saved. Can imagine your plight of waking him early for his school.
Cupcakes with honey sounds a very good recipe but you have taken this to another level by decorating it so beautifully.....Where did you get these cute looking honey bees? nice presentation

Gayathri NG said...

Look so scute cupcakes n nice falvor, beautifully presented...

Akila said...

Oh My God what a lovely honey cup cakes.... They are superb... Even I too feel sad that here schools opens by early 7. When I was studying used to sleep till 8 n enjoy the sleep but this generation kids can't.

krishna said...

honey bee ta ki kore banale bolo...

Swathi Iyer said...

Satayani, These cupcake looks so cute love that cute honeybee.

Bergamot said...

the cupcakes look beautiful. love the coffee flavour in the cakes

simran said...

adorable cupcakes!!!!!!!!!perfect!

Arch said...

Those honeybees are too cute ! And such a sweet idea to put it on the honey cupcakes...I totally understand this early morning routine for kids, it feels terrible to wake them up that early, but the schedule actually works well for them, in the long run...dont worry so much...My son who is 6, leaves homes at 6.40, which is criminal, but it all just falls in place slowly...will definitely try this out...

Padhu said...

Wow they look so cute! I am sure your son would have loved it

Vimitha Anand said...

Gorgeous looking cupcakes. Loved the cute looking honeybees...

Anu said...

my fav flavour..looks perfect..

Disha said...

OMG!This is such a cute cupcake. You always come up with such wonderful recipes. Keep up the good work.

Anjali said...

aww...so adorable, I must start some decorations for my cakes...need a push...

MyFudo™ said...

My 3 year old takes a 2 minute walk and is already in school. And still, she is all tired and hungry after the 3 hour activities. I can imagine your little boy after hours of travel. I am sure these cuppycakes will really cheer any kid up. Thanks for sharing!

Spice up the Curry said...

wow,. just awesome. I don't mind having this cupcake right now. :)
so yummy

Kurryleaves said...

This is super cute....absolutely love the clicks too..

Ramya said...

What an adorable looking cake!Looks soo cute and awesome!

Non stick, Nutty and Sous chef said...

How cute are those honeybees! i bet your little one loved them :) and i've never tried a honey cupcake before and these look truly scrumptious. Bookmarked!

Satrupa said...

Oh my such cute honey bees ...... they look so adorable on those cup cakes. I am sure your lil one would have enjoyed them.

faseela said...

wow....superbly done....luvd those cute honeybees there....

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Such cute honey bees! Absolutely perfect :)

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ABD said...

The color combination and very look of the muffins bring water to the mouth. Truely appetizing!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

love the honey bees... so cute...

Anisha Ranjit said...

These are the cutest cupcakes ever...

kala said...

wowwwwwwwwwww wanna grab the honeybeess perfectly done!!!

Pushpa said...

Perfect cupcakes love those honey bees.

Sanjeeta kk said...

School life is certainly strenuous for any 3 years..but then our Indian education system is like that, he will come in terms with it soon. The cup cakes look so cute and hats off to your patience for the decoration.

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Ambreen said...

These cupcakes look so cute & tempting! Delicious & flavorful! Fantastic work, keep rocking :)

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