Living apart from each other I do miss baking with Sofia, but she is doing a great job alone at home and sending me recipes and pictures on a daily basis to keep the blog updated.
Moreover she had invited some German family friend over for afternoon tea and was totally overwhelmed upon receiving a fantastic baking book from them as a present. It is one of these old baking books renowned for the so called “grandmother’s tips and tricks” and still super helpful. The version she received is in German.
For those interested in it can send us an E-Mail and we will provide them with the name and author.
So nowadays she is spending her time skimming through her gem and keeps sending me text messages mentioning that she has again found out about a groundbreaking baking tip. But it is true indeed that no matter how much you have read about baking, you can never succeed until you practice it. And obviously the first two to three times the result of the new recipe is not necessarily close to the picture displayed in a book. So indeed practice makes perfect.
I am only mentioning this, to emphasize that people who are new in the field of baking or are trying some new recipes need a lot of patience. And I can guarantee it does pay off. I have the best example right in front of my eyes. Sofia was a beginner a couple of years ago and often enough she ended up throwing away batters, burned cakes, raw cupcakes etc. with desperate disappointment. You eventually have to face these situations but all the more you will be totally delighted on that particular successful day when it finally works out.
Since a while we are following the trend of cupcakes and have indeed noticed that they are extremely popular in the States and in Australia. The idea behind this delight is to serve a small cake designed for one person, topped with an icing, cake decoration, topping, sprinkles etc. What makes the cupcake so attractive is the favorable size and the opportunity to let one’s imagination run wild when it comes to the topping. Sofia has done a little experiment and turned an apple crumble cake into an apple crumble cupcake. It might sound weird at first but I can assure that it is super delicious. She made this delight when I was still living at home and following her daily baking, so I was lucky enough to taste it.
Unfortunately we totally forgot to post this recipe, so now we are following up.
Ingredients for the batter:
100g Butter (soft)
120ml Almond Milk
2 Tsp. Vanilla Essence
180g All purpose flour
2 Tsp. Baking Powder
2 Tsp. Cinnamon Powder
1 Pinch of Salt
Ingredients for the crumble:
100g Brown Sugar
150g All purpose flour
2 Tsp. Cinnamon
Ingredients for the cream:
50g Icing Sugar
So now that we have all the ingredients listed and ready, let’s get to the actual baking procedure:
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
2. Add the butter to a mixing bowl and beat it until soft.
3. Add the sugar gradually.
4. Beat in the eggs one by one.
5. In a separate mixing bowl sieve the flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder and add the pinch of salt.
6. Now add the flour mixture and the almond milk in turns to the butter mixture. Continue this procedure until you have incorporated the flour mixture and the milk completely.
7. Last but not least add the raisins and the vanilla essence to the batter.
8. Now pour the batter into a lined cupcake tray.
9. Peel and slice the apples 1cm thick and stick approximately 4 slices into every cupcake. Do not put the entire slice into the cupcake, but make sure half of it is popping out.
10. For the crumbles melt the butter, take it from the stove and let it cool down a bit.
11. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon powder and mix it well.
12. Add the flour gradually and mix until you have a crumble like consistency.
13. Now pour the crumbles on top of the raw cupcakes and put them in the oven.
14. While the cupcakes are baking, beat the cream until stiff.
15. Slowly add the icing sugar.
16. After the cupcakes are baked, put the cream into a piping bag and decorate the cupcake.
17. In the end pour some maple syrup on top of the cupcake to give it a nice colour and enhancing taste.
-> Now your apple crumble cupcakes are ready to enjoy!