Each week, as I type up my post, I eat cake and drink tea and ponder. Idyllic, no? And why, yes, I am a very skilled multi-tasker - thanks for noticing. Sometimes it takes me one slice, sometimes two. Today I am on my second Chocolate Streusel cupcake and still only on the first paragraph. Does this mean that this cake is unbelievable? Hmm, I'm not sure about that. What I am sure about is the following.
- I miss my camera so much.
- I wish I put more streusel in my chocolate streusel cupcakes.
- I should have made 18 perfectly sized cupcakes rather than 12 overflowing cupcakes.
- I wish I didn't also have a banana refrigerator cake sitting on the bench, in direct competition to these cupcakes.
- I wish I didn't like cake quite so much and exercise quite so little.
- And about fifty other things I am not sure of.
This weeks recipe called for a six cup bundt + two cupcakes. Not having a six cup bundt to hand, I took the option of increasing two cupcakes to twelve cupcakes. I am not sure if English cupcakes are smaller than US cupcakes, but this mix definitely could have made at least 16 cupcakes and perhaps even 18. As I type that, I marvel at my own dogged adherence to the recipe. Actually, maybe it was less dogged adherence and more laziness about getting out the other cupcake pan... As you can see these cupcakes overflowed alot, yet they finished off quite flat. The crumb was fine - not spectacular, but pretty good, and as Mendy's little ones said, they smile at you! Who can resist a smiling cake?
Based on Rose's post about her
The method of this recipe is just like my maternal grandmother taught me - cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs, add dry and wet in batches, spoon into pan and bake, cool and place in a cake tin right at the back of the cupboard, far from the greedy boys (isn't that a metaphor for life!!). My paternal grandmother taught me to open a packet and put them on a nice plate!
I was a bit too timid with my streusel filling. A teaspoon *seemed* like such a lot in those teeny tiny cupcakes, so I had a fair bit left over, which unlike other wise HCB's, I threw in the bin. Those cupcakes sure could do with a bit more streusel filling. When and if you come to make them, make sure you use all of that teaspoon of filling - don't be shy! I really liked the contrast of the not too sweet chocolate cinnamony whisper against the soft vanilla crumb. It elevated this from just plain cake, but not into the same league as the Whipped Cream Cake.
Unfairly, these cupcakes had to compete with Rose's Banana Refrigerator Cake. I know! Two cakes in one week and only one cake eating person in the house. See point five above. The banana cake outshines the chocolate streusel cupcakes in the taste stakes, and given that both were equally easy to make, the banana cake wins. I don't plan on having a Rose HCB cake off every week, it was just that I didn't want to throw the black bananas to the bin. Let me assure you, it will be no hardship to make this banana cake again when it comes up on rotation or the next time I have black bananas...
Next week, Torta de las Tres Leches for Hanaa's husband. I am trying to keep an open mind about a cake soaked in nearly five cups of full cream and skim milk, cream and condensed milk. I just keep thinking of those soggy tomato sandwiches from my school lunch box. Gag. I am sure it will be grand, maybe not so much for the lactose intolerant!