Sunday, March 3, 2013

Chocolate Swirl Cheese Cupcakes

 I had been wanting to post this recipe since Chinese New Year but somehow, I couldn't find a time.   Life seems getting busier ... or probably my priority has changed ...

Chinese New Year and Valentine's day had passed, time flied!  We had entered into March now and very soon, one quarter of the year will be gone soon...

What did I do during the Chinese New Year?  Looking back, what I could recall is about eat and eat.. nothing unique and really special as compare to other years.

I managed to meet up with my old classmates which I really treasured and enjoyed. I didn't notice much change from them except all our kids had grown up, either serving NS or studying in University.  Time really flies.. I believe another few years down the road, we probably will be chatting about their wedding and then grandchildren ....

Not to disappoint them, I purposely baked this cake as they mentioned a couple of time wanting to try my bake.  It had been a wonderful time with them and glad that they liked this cake. 

This is not a new recipe, I baked it a couple of times but this time round, it was in cupcake form.


Ingredients:
Cheese Mixture
-    300g cream cheese      } beat
-    50g caster sugar          } together
-    1 egg
-    1 tsp lemon juice

Butter Batter
-    375g butter, softened
-    240g sugar
-    6 eggs
-    6 tbsp cocoa powder            }
-    240g cake flour               }sifted
-    2 tsp baking powder           } together
-    1/2  tsp baking soda               }
-    3.75 tbsp milk


Preparation:
-    Preheat oven at  170-175*C for 15 mins.  Baking Time:  20-23  mins
-    Prepare about 24 cup cases
-    Sift coca powder, flour,  baking power and baking soda together.  Mix till even.

Method:
1. Beat cream cheese with sugar until light and fluffy (abt 3mins).   Add in egg and mix till well incorporated. Set aside.
2. In another mixing blow, beat butter and sugar at medium speed till light and fluffy (about 5 mins).
3. Add in eggs, one at a time  and mix at low speed till well incorporated.
4. Fold in flour mixture (coca powder, flour, baking powder and baking soda) with a spatula, alternate with milk into egg mixture (from step 3) gently till finish.
5.  Scoop 25g of butter batter into cupcase 
(from step 4), pipe in 20g of cheesemixture (from step 1) and then top with another 25g of butter batter (only up to 70% of cup).  Repeat the same till finish all batter.
6.  Bake in preheat oven at 170C for 20-23 mins or until skewer comes out clean.
** Recommend you to top it with some chocolate ganache as it makes this cake really perfect.

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