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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Almond Cupcakes with Mango Jam centre

 Everyday should be a father's day..don't you think? Ummmmm NO! Being a mother that's the answer that comes in my mind. Thoughts of sleepless nights, endless nappy changes and screaming babiesrush inside the mind!! While us moms go through all the above mentioned hellish tortures the Daddies enjoy a nice easy-peasy life with occasional helping with washing ups and a few feeds here and there. They get all the glamorous jobs like taking the child to the park and showing off the child while gorgeous busty women go ''aa-oo, he's so cute, she's so pretty' all over them!  And the moms look like a homeless tramp in a pair of baggy shirt which has been puked and pooed on! So you can't blame the mom if she becomes evil and smiles inwardly , thinking, 'wait for the baby to grow up, and he/she will be all mine. He/she will worship me treating ME like some kind of a lady Superhero, albeit hot (in my mind I'm always Jessica Alba type mom)'! That will be my revenge....

Reality comes crashing down upon us fantasising mommies when we see the kids worshipping their Daddies instead, thinking Them to be some kind of Superheroes who can ''Mend'' everything like the Handymanny or save the world like ''Fireman Sam'' or even fly like ''Superman''....and that's when we realise that we were the same when we were small. I have always been my বাবার সোনা মেয়ে  (Daddy's girl) and I still am...and having my Father-in-Law love me like his own little daughter is the cherry on top!  So wouldn't it be unfair to thehusband if his Little Girl wasn't the same? Little T thinks her Dadda can fix everything and for her his ''Lappu'' is the safest place in this world. For her Dadda is indeed the strongest (even when she was born a decade after that Dhara ad was made!) and the poor dad has to let her test his strength sometimes too so being a Dad is definitely not an easy job! Seeing them together makes me the happiest person in this world and yes, that's when I think Everyday should be a Father's Day! :) 

When I asked Little T what she wants to make for Dadda she said cupcakes without any hesitation or second thoughts. You can tell she's a baker's daughter :). She painted the little red car. I am obsessed about cupcakes and cupcake decorations at the moment and every waking minute of my life goes in doing that...if I'm not doing my other chores that is! So it gave me yet another excuse to experiment with some new sugar art. Now you have to remember that I'm new at this sugar craft thing so these things don't even look close to nice and perfect or what you see on those other pinky girlie websites! But who's fun to do and I heart it :)


Almond Yogurt Cupcakes with a Mango Surprise Centre

Ingredients : 

For the cupcakes:

Natural Yogurt - 150 ml
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
175g caster sugar
140g plain or self raising flour
175g unsalted butter
75g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
Mango Jam - 1/2 tsp for each cupcake (you can replace it with any other jam of your choice)

For the Icing: 

I used Betty Crocker readymade Vanilla Butter Cream Icing.

(For a simple home made butter cream icing go to the end of the recipe)

Method for the Cupcakes :

Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. In a jug, mix the yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract. Put the dry ingredients, plus a pinch of salt, into a large bowl and make a well in the middle.

Add the yogurty mix and melted butter, and quickly fold in with a spatula or metal spoon - don't overwork it. Spoon into the cases (they will be quite full) and bake for 18-20 mins or until golden, risen and springy to the touch. Cool for a few mins, then lift the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat the steps if some batter is left and make a few cupcakes again. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 Now scoop the icing into a piping bag and use ur favourite nozzle to decorate. Or you can just spooon a little bit of icing on each cake and spread it out evenly with the spoon. Sprinkle with a few chocolate chips. You can also decorate with some cupcake toppers. 

A simple Butter Cream Icing:


140g butter, softened
280g Icing Sugar
1-2 tbsp Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Few drops of your favourite food colour...mix them up it's fun :)

Method for icing :

Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth. 
Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in the milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.Stir in the food colouring until well combined. Add a few drops of the food colour of your choice. I used Blue as I made these for Father's Day.


A  Happy Father's Day to all the greatest, strongest, bravest and wisest Dads in the world. We Mommies would be incomplete without you guys :). 

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