14/10/2011 - An Eventful Day

by - October 19, 2011

Last thursday my sister turned twenty five. I wanted to throw her a surprise birthday party. It was a last minute idea and I couldn't put it together that day. Few days earlier we had planned to spend friday together. So I thought, I will just go ahead and do something nice for her even if it was a day late.

While browsing the www for cake ideas, I happened to spot Sasha's red velvet cheesecake brownies on her blog. I thought I will go with it. Then I changed my mind. Finally after a lot of browsing, I decided to bake some red velvet cupcakes. :D I've never baked them before and had seen them on Masterchef Australia S3.

look at that redness!!! oh my!

I was really happy with the way it turned out - moist and not too sugary. Just the way I love them! I have never frosted a cake before using a piping bag. Frosting a cake scares me. I usually ask Jamil to do it. hehe. But this was a special ocassion. And I wanted my sister to feel special and pampered. So I decided to get the extra mile and bought myself a Prestige piping bag set (I'am so happy that I did - it's so easy to use and cleanup later!).

After icing my cupcakes I sprinkled them with hundreds and thousands and then wrote 'v heart you tooyi aama' using a Dr Oetker designer icing tube. My sister's pet name is Noorie and my son started calling her 'tooyi' when he was a year old or so. hehe.

Oh btw, I baked the cupcakes thursday evening and left it on my counter. Icing was prepared the next day morning.

I was eager to see Noorie's reaction was hoping to make her happy. She was - thank God! Itseems she was planning to make Nigella's red velvet cupcakes and was glad to taste some before making them. :)

Talha happily gorged down five to six cupcakes!

bit cranky coz of the flu :(

roasted eggplant wth feta and mint
umma's biryani
We had loads of fun that day. And loads of food too. We had roasted eggplant with feta and mint as our mid day snack. Then for lunch we had mom's chicken biryani with salad. And then in the evening had some tea. We then decided to head to the pool/play area with Talha and Aisha. Spent some time strolling around.
grilled chicken tikka
Got back home and made some grilled chicken tikka for dinner. Ah, the good life. :))

a birthday card for my sis and a wall hanging for my mom - all handmade by me :D

Oh and when heading back home I also got stuck in the elevator - all alone - for a good fifteen minutes or so. I did get a bit scared to be honest. But I could hear my sister's and children's voices outside which was comforting.


Recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes - taken from Joy the Baker

I followed the recipe to the tee. No changes whatsoever. My only advice would be to be careful while using the red dye. By the time I finished making my batter, there were sprinkles of red dye everywhere. :)

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey's)
2  Tablespoons red food coloring (I used Foster Clark's Red Rouge)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about three minutes.  Turn mixer to high and add  the egg.  Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.
In a separate bowl mix together cocoa, vanilla and red food coloring to make a thick paste.  Add to the batter, mixing thoroughly until completely combined.  You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all the batter gets color.
Turn mixer to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk.  Add half of the flour and salt and mix until combined.  Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour.  Beat on high until smooth.
Turn mixer to low and add baking soda and white vinegar.  Turn to high and beat a few more minutes.
Spoon batter into a paper lined cupcake baking pan and bake at 325 F for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center cupcake comes out clean.
Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then place them of a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
2 1/3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, cold (I used room temperature)
scant 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Beat the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and butter together in the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment.  Mix on medium-slow speed until it comes together and is well mixed.
Add the cream cheese all at once and beat on medium to medium-high until incorporated.
Turn the mixer to medium-high and beat for 5 minutes, or until the frosting becomes light and fluffy.
Do not over-beat as the frosting can quickly become runny.

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  1. Oh yum! They look fab and you did a great job with the icing and decorations! :) Yay for you!

    Lovely gifts too! So sweet of you! :)

  2. :) thanks a ton for the wonderful bday card and the cup cakes neelu :) :) :) my wedding anniversary is coming up.. thinking of taking some help from u... shhhh dont tel jes :D


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