miércoles, 6 de octubre de 2010

Flavours of Spain, part 5: Chupa Chups

Oh yes!
Chupa Chups are Spanish!!!

Believe it or not, they were invented in 1958 by a Spanish man (and if you don’t believe me, check wikipedia… if wikipedia says they’re Spanish… I believe it! Haha)

In his honour, I’ve decided to create Cupcakes of my favourite Chupa-Chups flavor (orange) and decorate them with Mini Chupa Chups.

(Ok, these cupcakes probably aren’t as original or difficult to bake as the previous ones... but it’s just that I needed a bit of relaxation before attempting the next 3 recipes I want to do... which are going to cost me blood, sweat and tears!)

The recipe for the Cupcakes is an adaptation of this recipe from “My Baking Addiction”.

I had to “adapt” it because I didn’t have vanilla or orange extract... and also because I forgot to add the salt... So the ingredients I used were:
  • 115 gr butter
  • 130 gr sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 tbsp orange juice (I chose “acid” oranges, to recreate the acid-sweet taste of Chupa Chups)
  • 2 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 200 gr flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 60 ml milk
Even though I changed some ingredients, I did follow her instructions (you can read them on the link above).

Anyway, I didn’t follow her recipe for the icing, as I wanted to create my own orange buttercream. The recipe for that buttercream (that I came up with by experimenting) can be found in this very same post, after the following pictures.

This is the result after 20 mins in the oven:

Adding orange juice makes the cupcakes sticky and delicious... like those cakes that have syrup inside and leave you with sticky hands and lips after eating them... I love it!!!

(Aren’t my pink oven gloves cute?? And they were only 2€ each! I LOVE THEM!!!)

To do the buttercream, I mixed:
  • 75gr vegetable shortening
  • 25gr butter
  • 225gr icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
I decorated them with the buttercream and the Mini Chupa Chups (which were actually a present from my fiancé… I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts to have nightmares in which he’s haunted by cupcakes... poor thing... he has to try my experiments almost every day!)

The result:

So... this is my contribution to the history of the Chupa Chups!
Sorry about my lack of ability with the piping bag... I hope to get better with practice!
I’ve already planned some risky adaptations of the most traditional desserts... (that will lead to me wasting looooooots of eggs in failed attempts, I’m sure! Haha). But everything’s worth when it comes to Cupcakes!
More (and hopefully better...) coming soon ;)

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