Guava Marbeled Cupcake

Last week was a roller coaster for me. I worked the hole week gathering everything I need for the Mercadito of Agora Mall here in Santo Domingo.  Most of you might not know what a ‘mercadito’ is. Basically, is a day during which Agora Mall offers the change for entrepreneurs to be part of a mini farmers market. They offer it to promote local talent.

That being said, I needed to get everything I together for that Saturday. I usually have a special cupcake favor every week. Since my nan had been making marmalade all month. I decided it would be great to use it in on my cupcakes in some way. She had a fresh bash of guava marmalade made and what goes best with that flavor…. cheese. I know it sounds weird but it works.

I took a plain vanilla cupcake recipe- you can use the once you like best . My recipie is as follows:

Guava Marverled Cupcake

– Your favorite vainilla cupcake recipe
– 1 1/2 cup of Guava Marmalade. Make sure its fluid enough to a spreadable consistency.

1. Follow the cupcake recipe and fill in each cupcake liner with batter.
2. Warm your marmalade a little to make it more fluid.
3. Distribute about 1 tb of marmalade per cupcake.

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4. With a tooth pick or the back of a spoon. Mix the marmalade with the vanilla batter until you get a beautiful marvel effect.
* try to insert the toothpick and lift the batter from the bottom to the top.

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5. Bake the cupcakes at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes. Bear in mind you might have to adjust the temperature of your oven according to your environment … And his mood.

You should end up with cupcakes that look a bit like this

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* dont get scared if your cupcakes don’t rise as much. This batter is a bit more humid due to the marmalade.

Cream Cheese Frosting

– 8oz of cream cheese at room temperature
-1/2 cup ( 1 stick of butter)
– 3 cups of sifted powdered sugar.
– 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

1. In a stand up mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese until we’ll incorporated.
2. Add I the vanilla extract.
3. Mix I the powdered sugar and beat until fluffy.
4. Frost and enjoy

I hope you enjoyed reading this and try it at home.

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Introduction Part II

The recipes in the book I bought were super easy from the ingredients in them. It’s just flour,a couple of eggs, a bit of milk,sugar ,butter some baking powder and vanilla. All of that mixed together. Simple wright? We’ll not quite.

I made sure to measure everything perfectly according to the recipe below. I took my Kindle, opened my copy of The Complete Cupcake Recipe by Michelle McGargant an set for the task.

Recipe for Birthday Vanilla Cupcakestaken from the book. Complete Cupcake Recipe

Yields 12 regular cupcakes*

-1 cup of sugar
-1/2 cup of butter
-2 eggs
-2 tsp of vanilla
-1 y 1/2 all purpose flour
-1 y 3/4 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 cup of milk

*yielded me much more than that.

I went through the recipe a couple of times just to make sure nothing was left behind and I ended up by ruining it. Thank the heavens I have a stand mixer and creaming the butter an sugar was a bliss. I then added the eggs one by one. The batter was separating but I didn’t mind it much, that was probably normal. Added all the missing stuff and filled my liners with a table spoon. Then they were up to the over at 350°.

They came out soooo cute taking in account I made them mini and was checking the oven like a paranoid. I didn’t want them to burn.

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They looked like that. Perfect and super cute. Let’s just say hell broke loose when I tried to bake them full size and they ended up with the height of a moon crater. I learned a couple of things that day. When we are to bake it is needed to bare in mind the altitude and temperature of the place were the preparation will take place.

I am in DR (and people that have been here can confirm it) here we have but 2 seasons, Summer and Hell. So, is no surprise that butter is basically melted at my room temperature.

Here you will find many of my alchemy/baking experiments. Some of them very successful, some others… well not so much.

Introducción Parte I

Mi amor por los cupcakes (bizcochitos) empezó de forma extraña. Crecí en una familia de reposteras y, … como se podrán imaginar, yo y la repostería nos limitábamos a tener una relación del tipo tu-te-ves-lindo-yo-te-como. Pues, fue así que mi etapa de los dulces caseros, mermeladas y bizcochos pasó algo rápido.

Hace un tiempo jamás le hubiese admitido a nadie que me gustaba estar dentro de la cocina, fueron demasiadas veces que ayude a mi abu mientras ella hacía lo suyo. Pero la verdad es que me encanta! Estoy loca por los programas de cocina.

En una de mis maratones de programas de cocina, me encontré con varios programas de pastelería y más tarde con Cupcake Wars. ¡Me encanto! No podía creer lo hermositos que se veían. Ahora, que fuesen pequeños seguro implicaba que son sencillos de hacer.

Yo jamás había horneado nada por mi misma ( sacando las veces que ayude a mi abu) y la curiosidad me mataba. Así pues, me metí a la web e investigue todo lo que podía. Me arme de valor y compre un pequeño libro de recetas en Amazon. En cuanto tuve el dinero compre los ingredientes y me puse en marcha. La tarea sería súper sencilla. Más tarde me daría cuenta cuán equivocada estaba.

Introduction I

My love for cupcakes started in a rather odd way. I was born to a family with a lot of female bakers from my mother’s side. So…as you might have guessed I wanted nothing to do with baking. I spend too many days running around the kitchen after my granny while she did her thing. The woman loves to have sous chefs. Which also explains why my love for eating sweets as a child ended rather quickly.

I would have died before admitting just how much I enjoyed being in the kitchen. It was only later that I developed a fascination for cooking shows and magazines. During one of my all-day-cooking-shows marathons at home I came across a couple of baking shows. I fell in love with them and just couldn’t stop! It was a couple of months after that I learned of the existence of Cupcake Wars, no surprise with me living in the middle of the Caribbean.

Cupcakes! So small delicate and beautiful. They looked so easy to do on the TV. I had never baked anything for myself (excluding the times I helped my nan) and the curiosity was killing me.  So, I went to Amazon and bought myself a cupcake recipe book. When I had the money, I got the ingredients and hopped right in. The task would be quite easy…right? Later that I discovered just how wrong I was.