Sunday, March 28, 2010

Adventures in Baking; #1. Mini Cakes


So I'm going to start putting my food explorations on here along with my art. Because cooking is art as well if you think about it.
So here goes, something I made for a party last night. I mixed a few recipes together.
XD

Makes 12 Mini Cakes.

What you will need for the cakes:
2/3 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp Cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp each baking soda and salt
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp Veg Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

What you will need for the Glaze and Fo Shizzle Drizzle:
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp Cocoa
2 Tbsp Water
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter Chips
1 Tbsp Shortening

Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 12 Muffin cups.

Step 2: Stir Together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl, work out those forearms! Add water, oil and vanilla; stir until batter is blended nicely. (Your batter is going to be kind of thin so don't freak out and add more flour) Spoon into prepared cups, filling 1/3 full. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until top springs back when touched. Cool in pans on wire racks for 3 minutes, invert onto racks and cool completely. (if you put the glaze on before they completely cool it will just melt and run all over the place like the blob, and no one wants to eat the blob. With the exception of perhaps my old room mate Krystal)

Step 3: Prepare Chocolate Glaze (see below); dip rounded portion into glaze. Place on wax paper and let cool. You can refrigerate them if you want, but i would cover them if you do. Prepare the Peanut Butter Fo Shizzle Drizzel (See Below); and fling that all over those buggers!

Chocolate Glaze Instructions:
Melt Butter in small saucepan over low heat; add cocoa and water. Cook and stir until slightly thickened; DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Blend powdered sugar and vanilla; beat with wire whisk until smooth and slightly thickened.

Peanut Butter Fo Shizzle Instructions:
Place peanut butter chips and shortening in small microwave safe bowl. Microwave full power for about 30 - 45 seconds, just until the chips are melted and smooth when stirred.


So the finished product should look something like this... Unless your a better drizzle master than I, in which case SHUT UP!

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