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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

More Inspiration From Donna Hay - Blue Cupcakes

Cupcake 9
Cupcake 3
Cupcake 5
Cupcake 12

There is something rather magical about the soft teal blue colour... For generations,Tiffany's little blue box has set every girls' heart aflutter. Then there is Homemaking Guru, Martha Stewart's signature blue logo and blue packaging which renders everything more pristine and perfect. Donna Hay, Australia's own accomplished food stylist, cookbook and magazine editor, too chooses to work with the soft powdery blue as one of her dominant trademark colour. I am guessing that somehow, the Tiffany Blue (that's what I like to call it) hue has the magical ability to conjure up an impression of the demure, well bred and... blue bloodedness. That rank within the social hierarchy that very few belong to but many are fascinated by... and some quietly covet at....

No, I am no Bree Van de Kamp or Charlotte York... I am most likely their anti-thesis. However, I do admire and appreciate polish, perfection and beauty... and if by adding a dash of Tiffany Blue to my photos can afford me a few short lived illusional moments of grace and polish, I would gladly do it.
I know I am a quirky free spirit by nature and therefore to help distract from my shoddiness, are pretty white pleated paper cups from Donna Hay, the blue cupcake liners that came in the same collection as the pink ones I used earlier and my favourite purchase from the store.... the ornate wire cooling rack. (I still have a stash of goodies from the store... but it wouldn't be tasteful to jam pack everything into the same photo....:) )

Cupcake 10
The cupcake recipe I have chosen here is one from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes. Swiss Meringue buttercream paired with a rather unusual white cupcake.... not my favourite cupcake recipe, I have to admit. This tastes a little like a dense egg sponge. I prefer my cupcakes to be moist and fine crumbed... a blondie or a basic yellow pound would be my choice if I were to do this over again.

Cupcake 10(100)
Recipe
White Cupcake from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes

3 1/4 cups                 Sifted cake flour
1 1/2 tsp                    Baking powder
1/4   tsp                     Salt
1 tbsp                        Vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tbsp        Milk
1 3/4 sticks                Butter, softened at room temperature
1 3/4 cup                   Sugar
5                                Large egg whites

Method :
1. Preheat oven to 180C
2. Cream butter with sugar together until pale. Add Vanilla extract.
3. Add dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder) in 3 batches, alternating with 2 additions of milk.
4. In another mixing bowl beat egg whites until firm peaks are formed.
5. Mix 1/3 of meringue with (3). Fold in rest of meringue gently in 2 additions.
6.Spoon batter into cupcake liners until 3/4 filled.
7. Bake in oven for 18 -20 mins.
8. Cool down on wire rack for 10 mins. Turn out cupcakes onto wire rack to cool completely.
9. Frost with blue swiss meringue butter cream.

Swiss Meringue butter cream recipe here. (tint with blue colour gel)         

41 comments:

Lydia said...

They look so beautiful, I like the matching cupcake case. Simple yet elegant.

La Table De Nana said...

Your cupcakes ARE grace and beauty:)

We have blue Birks boxes..Coveted..I think I still have one of my mom's♥

Gosh you're god at cupcakes..et al:)

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Monique, I really have to jump in and say that I am really terrible at frosting... you are too kind.

Anncoo said...

You had done a good job. The frosting looks great!

Angie's Recipes said...

The colour of frosting looks so dreamy and pretty!

Joanne said...

There is definitely something about Tiffany blue that makes me smile. Maybe it's just the association but I like to think that it's more than that. This is, after all, the color of the early morning sky. And isn't that just gorgeous?

These sound so delicious. And they're pretty. I almost wouldn't want to eat them. Almost.

Zoe said...

so pretty! Love your rustic rack and the cakes look so lovely on it.

Indie.Tea said...

Those are sooo pretty! So perfect for a girl party (like a shower or something)....

Wen said...

Beautifully presented and pictured!

jess @ j3ss kitch3n said...

pretty beyond words =)

Dana from One Haute Plate said...

I'm torn between which I love more- the cupcakes or your prose. Clearly you were inspired and it comes through so beautifully. I enjoy very visit I make here!

zurin said...

that has got to be my next favourite colour. Cupcakes are so prettty but cupcakes aside...I LOVE LOVE the wire rack. OMG Shirley you have made me insanely jealous. cant wait to see all the rest...forget tasteless..just show us!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

This is one of my favourite colours.

Rabbittrick said...

These are definitely some Donnay Hay-ish photos - good for her magazine! This teal-turquoise combination is definitely very enticing. I get lured by Tiffany's Robin Egg blue more so than any other brand's colour. There's something soft and feminine in the colour, and making it into cupcakes just seems so delightful. Eat with your eyes first, they say!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Judy, you are too lavish with your compliments....I will be happy if TS or FG will not reject my photos!

Marisa said...

Wow, not many people can make blue frosted cupcakes look good, but you've managed to make them look exquisite! Coveting that wire rack and pretty cupcake wrappers too.

Maria @ Scandi Foodie said...

That is such a gorgeous blue! Looks so pretty!

crustabakes said...

gorgeousss! and its such a perfect match with the liners too@!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Her cooking racks are so gorgeous! I always see her use them and think I need some! Hehe I'm loving seeing what you've bought! :D

Trissa said...

Gorgeous cupcakes Shirley! I still can't believe I haven't been to Donna Hay's store - this weekend I need to change that! When you back in Sydney?

Hearty Bakes said...

Nice clicks, lovely cupcakes, pretty cupcake cases, i just fell for all...

Jared said...

Can you show me how to pipe like that. I am always bad when it comes to piping. Awesome photos and cupcakes.

Helene said...

Love that cupcake liner. At a bake sale, at school, my cupcakes had the same blue for color. They were gone first. There is something about this color that everyone love. Beautiful pictures.

Jamie Cooks It Up! said...

Beautiful!

pigpigscorner said...

aww this shade of blue is so pretty!

culinaryneophyte said...

Simply stunning!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

I can see you have enjoyed visiting Donna Hay's General Store! I am also a big fan of tiffany blue :) Lovely cupcakes.

Ho Ho Ho said...

love to see your dreamy blue cupcakes...
and I so love the cooling rack...

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

You're totally right. There is just something so charming about that color. Lovely cuppin' cakes :). Though I'm sorry the cake texture wasn't to your taste.

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Shirely, the frosting is great, lovely cupcakes.

MaryMoh said...

Beautiful cupcake! The frosting look so neat and lovely. Thanks very much for sharing.

Mei Teng said...

Love the blue frosting. So sweet looking.

Medifast Coupon Codes 2010 said...

How pretty these cupcakes are. And love the cupcake wrappers, how fitting are those.

Deeba PAB said...

Elegant and whimsical. There's something about the Tiffany blue and your beautiful cupcakes! Gorgeous!!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Shirley, I love the ornate cake stand!! You are making me drool over those lovely things you got from Donna Hay's store... Envy envy! Love the Tiffany blue cream over the cupcake...so sweet!

Jenn said...

Wow, that frosting looks as light as a cloud! Perfect combination of blue frosting, white cupcake and blue cupcake liner. These look like something from a magazine. Can I ask you what the name of the blue food coloring is and what brand it is?

Dina said...

love the color! great for a baby shower.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shirley
What is the equivalent in grams for the cake flour?

Thanks
: )

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

I did not measure the weight of the flour but when I refer to some baking conversion scale, generally 1 cup of flour weighs about 110g.

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

Your cupcakes are so pretty! I love that ornate cooling rack too :)

Chuzai Living said...

You're so right on about Tiffany's little blue box and Martha Stewart's signature blue logo and blue packaging. I love that color, too. I would love to try this recipe, too. I only wish I could put frosting like that. Thanks for sharing. Kaho

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