Monday, 30 January 2012

Pistachio and Cardamom Eggless Cupcake with Saffron Cream Cheese Frosting...

My daughter warns me many time not to muddle up with some recipes..:-P she says keep it to original, I have a habit of turning many recipes into Indian taste, well  in some degree she is right..we should leave alone some to originals. But this time I couldn't resist, since an idea struck into my mind to make cupcakes with some Indian touch.



 I wanted to make something different for my daughter's 18th birthday so I thought let's give it a go..and I actually managed to pull it through ! So by using pistachio nuts, cardamom and saffron as the main ingredients in the cupcakes I gave it an Indian recognition intentionally. In most Indian sweets and puddings these three ingredients are a must....and the flavours and aromas these bring are mouthwatering !



You will need :- 12 cupcakes


  • 140 g self raising flour
  • 40 ml sunflower oil
  • handful of crushed pistachio
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 120 g sugar
  • 175ml milk at room temperature
  • 1 tsp natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • few drops of cardamom essence

    You will need for the saffron frosting :-
    • 125 g butter at room temperature
    • 200 g cream cheese ( hang the cheese in a muslin cloth to remove any water )
    • 150 g icing sugar
    • Few drops of saffron essence
    • 2-3 saffron threads soaked in a 1tsp warm milk

      Method :-
      Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 or 175-180 degree C. Line 12 cupcake trays with paper cups. In a one bowl sift the dry ingredients together except sugar. Mix milk and cider vinegar and leave it for 5 minutes. It should curdle a little. Now mix milk mixture and other wet ingredients, whisk about 3-4 minutes. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and combine. Now fill cup cakes with batter up the half way of paper cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until  a skewer ( toothpick ) inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Let the cup cakes cool completely.



      Method for the frosting:-
      Whip up the butter and cheese till light and fluffy, add sugar, essence and saffron thread and whip up few seconds. Fill a piping bag with choice of your nozzle with saffron frosting. Pipe your cupcakes .

      17 comments:

      1. Damn cute and elegant cupcakes, well done Jags..

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      2. Thanks Priya..very quick :-))

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      3. Wow...those cuties look so yummy and tempting.Perfect for the occasion..

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      4. Thank you girls...@Deepa, muje 9th cloud pe mat bhejo....:-))

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      5. Cute cup cakes. Love to follow u

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      6. These have turned out beautiful and look delicious.

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      7. Nice Indian touch to it! The name of cupcake itself sounds soooo good!!
        Did you use Philadelphia Cream Cheese? Just wondering why would you hang it in muslin cloth because it doesn't have water anyway...
        (if you're replying to this you can just reply here, I'll come back to check!) :)

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      8. Thank you Nish for lovely comment. yes Nish I did use philadelphia cheese, wen I made it first time my frosting went runny, I kept adding sugar but it wasn't helping. so second time I used kitchen towle ( paper ) to soak all the water from the cheese then frosting came out perfect. Maybe the pot I had , had little wter...:-(

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      9. simply superb...i'm drooling over here.

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      10. wow..cute muffins..looks yummy!

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      11. You're welcome :)

        Ah ok, I get it now..
        And hey Jagruti, I hope you won't mind this - but the comments font is kinda difficult to read, you know what I mean? Not sure if others feel the same... :-/

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      12. Nish, just a comment or post as well...coz I was thinking changing font of post..not sure what others thinks? let me ask them on fb...

        Thanks

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      13. Awesome delicious eggless cupcake...

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      14. wow that looks beautiful. nice treat for eyes and must taste yum for sure

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      15. @ Nish
        I have asked other fellows, they says it seems ok. So Idon't know..
        Ushnish Ghosh No problem so far! If at all ,in future, I can enlarge in Google chrome or request you to change the font size...just relax and keep posting !

        Sugan Sputnik no no jag,al smooth,keep peaking dear :)

        Nilisha Agarwal di they r fine...........not to worry..............u just carry on!!!!

        Manju Thanky I am very happy with ur blog...its very clear..so stop worrying your self..we all are with you...I wish you nice day...xx.

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      16. I am usually not very keen on cupcakes, and prefer a decent slice of cakes, but your cupcakes look so adult and sophisticated, elegant and stylish, just a piece of art on a plate. I might be converted into baking them myself. :)

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