Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Iron Cupcake Earth: Tropical Chilli Citrus Cupcakes

Well I'd been putting off and putting off making these Iron Cupcakes..I knew the special ingredient was chilli pepper and I just wasn't sure whether I thought I would like it or not; however I knew I was going to have to do it at some point so on a lovely rainy summer..yes summer..English day I decided that it was the perfect chance. So I went out and bought my red chillis, it didnt say what type so I just presume fresh red chillis? They were of medium heat, I didn't want them to be too spicy and began to think what I would do with them.
I decided that a Lemon and Lime cupcake infused with chilli and topped with a lime buttercream frosting sprinkled with coconut..I really wanted to get the buttercream a really bright green like the colour of jalapenos, but after making too much buttercream I had to use a whole bottle of green food colouring to even get it the colour it is on the pictures...yes lets just not think of the E numbers..ahem..ahem. I thought they tasted pretty good and maybe just maybe there is room for such extravagent flavours in the sweet section of our kitchen :).
So anyway the great prizes you can win for this challenge are as follows.. merchandise from
Cakespy, Jessie Steele, Cupcake Courier, Taste of Home, plus an extremely cool set of kitchen utensils of Head Chefs from Fiesta Products, you have to check them out they are soooo cute!!

Voting for the favourite recipe/cupcake starts on August 31st, 12 noon at
No One Puts Cupcake in a Corner and I would really appreciate it if you could all vote for me :D:D.

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Ingredients Needed to make the spicy cupcakes

Lining a Cupcake Tin with liners

Chopping the chilli up! Beware do not rub eyes after hehe!

The lime, the lemon and the chilli (It sounds like some film title! The good, the bad and the ugly!) haha

Beating the cake batter

Ready to be baked in the oven

Eek spicy!!

Lemon Lime Chilli Infused Cupcakes
makes 10

115g butter, unsalted
200g white granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
190g plain flour (all-purpose)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
120ml milk
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 finely chopped fresh red chillis
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 165C and line a muffin tin with liners, set aside.
2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy, this should take around 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time to the creamed mixture, beating for 1 minute after each, if they show signs of curdling add a tablespoon of flour.
3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk in several additions. Mix on a low speed until just integrated, be careful not to overbeat.
5. Add the zests, juices, chillis and vanilla extract and mix for 30 seconds.
6. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted into the centre and comes out clean. Cool.

Lime Coconut Buttercream

360g icing sugar
150g butter,unsalted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons heavy cream
juice of one lime *do not worry the lime did not curdle my buttercream*
green food colouring
25g desiccated coconut

1. In a medium sized bowl whip together the butter and the sugar until creamed. Add the vanilla and the whipping cream and beat until you achieve the desired consistency. If you feel like you need to add more cream, add it by the teaspoon, testing the frostings consistency every few seconds.
2. Whip in lime juice and green food colouring, pipe onto cakes.
3. Sprinkle coconut onto the top of cakes.


Snooky doodle said...

these look nice and i bet delicious.

maryeb said...

Intriguing recipe. It looks really yummy. Thanks for sharing it.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Ingrid said...

How do cake decorators get such vibrant colors in the frosting? When I took a Wilton's course all the colors were weak pastels. :(

How much of the chilli do you get in a bite or does the heat come through after you've taken several bites? I have to tell you that I'm very impressed that you were able to just whip up a chilli cupcake. I'm a scaredy cat baker. No leaving my comfort zone!

Good luck!

Natalie... said...

I don't know! I wanted a really vibrant green but it just came out pastely, I think you have to buy like the pastes rather than the liquid colourings but they are quite expensive.
Umm you get the heat after maybe a couple of bites and then it sort of hits the back of your throat, its just pleasant though not too hot. Haha thanks, i must say i was a bit nervous at first, thanks a lot ingrid :D.

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