Thursday, December 30, 2010

Baking Recipe: {Pre-Christmas} Celebration Cupcakes

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! As usual, I guess I'm always a tad late. {Lol}. Can't believe it's nearing year end and new year 2011 is just around the corner. In fact, it's this coming Saturday. Wow!! How was your Christmas celebration? Any plans for the New Year Eve?

Originally, I had plan to cook for my family on Christmas Eve. Instead my god mum suggested to dine out. So of course my family and my god mum's went ahead and dine out. It was a twist to my surprise. Usually we would go for Western cuisine, but this time, we had Chinese Fusion Fine Dining cuisine. I had to say that I was at first slightly disappointed when I found out we had to have Chinese food during Christmas Eve and was sort of dreading the whole typical 9 course meal, starting with Four Seasons, then the Shark's Fin Soup, etc. However, my god dad surprised us with a customize meal. I must say, it definitely has introduced me to a different side of Chinese Cuisine.

Since Christmas day is the next day, and after all Christmas is the time for giving and sharing, I've decided to bake my very own version of Celebration Cupcake. {Lol} Basically, I tossed in some coloured ball sprinkles into the cake batter. If you're thinking.. {what is she up to?}. I wasn't thinking at all. I was just having fun baking something unorthodox, but topped the cupcake with Limoncello Buttercream frosting. {Yummmmmm} As to decorate the cupcake, the colour and snowflake out of white chocolate as the theme was definitely inspired from my friend Pei Li's Christmas Miniature Cupcake.


Yields approx 16 medium sized cupcakes

Ingredients (Vanilla Cupcake)

2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
6 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
12 tbsp unsalted butter

To prepare vanilla cupcake:

1. Preheat oven to 350F or 180-190 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.

2. Combine milk, egg, vanila extract in a separate bow. Whisk together the ingredients.

3. In a mixer with dry ingredients and a padle attachment, beat in the butter at a time until it resembles like bread crumbs.

4. On medium speed, pour half the liquid in until batter is incorporated and add the remaining liquid. Turn speed up and whisk for another 2-3 minutes.

5. Fold in colour sprinkles for some light colouring effect.

6. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes to tray to cool down.

Ingredients (Limoncello Buttercream)

4-5 tsp of lemon juice
3-4 tbsp of limoncello liqueur
3-4 cups of icing sugar (or just enough for taste of frosting consistency)
1 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 cup milk
5 tbsp all purpose flour

To prepare limoncello buttercream:

1. With a paddle attachment, whisk butter until light, fluffy and creamy.

2. Add in icing sugar a little at a time, as you may not need 4 cups of icing sugar.

3. Turn speed down to slow to add in lemon juice and limoncello liqueur. Then turn the speed up again and continue to whisk until frosting double in volume, as it'll be light and fluffy.

4. In a saucepan, heat up milk but not to boiling point. Let cool slightly, then toss in flour all at once and stir vigorously, until milk and flour is incorporated. You will notice that the liquid will thicken up and return to stove and let mixutre simmer, while continue stirring.

5. Once liquid is thicker, let cool for a couple of minute. With a sieve, press the thicken liquid through into the buttercream. Discard the lumps. Turn the mixer back up and whisk the buttercream for the last time for 2-3 minutes until well incorporated.

6. With a 1M wilton tip, frost the cupcakes according to your choice of design. I did the 1M swirl and some star shape flowers. To decorate my cupcake, I made snowflakes out of white chocolate.

Ingredients (Snow Flake ornament)

1/2 bar of cooking white chocolate (you may decide how much to use according to how many ornaments you plan to make)

To prepare snow flake ornament:

1. Print out snow flake template of your choice. You may google for "snow flake clip art" and there will be tons of choices to pick from.

2. Melt white chocolate over a double boiler.

3. Place template underneath parchment paper prepared on a flat tray.

4. Place chocolate in piping bag with no.3 or no.5 tip; colour by piping out the chocolate following the template accordingly.

Do try it out for next Christmas!



  1. Hi Jo-Wishing you a healthy, prospereous, and a very Happy New Year!
    Thank you for your friendship, in the past year. Hope we will remain good friends in the New Year.
    Keep making these gorgeous in the last one. The snowflakes are way too beautiful!
    Thanks for the designing lesson, but unfortunately, for me, it's like teaching a chicken the ABC...LOL. Hugs, and kisses to you, my dear friend!

  2. I can't believe I missed this recipe in all the holiday craziness! I love your limoncello buttercream. I'm going to have to bookmark this to make. Your snowflake toppers are adorable as well. My mom has a snowflake mold she uses to make snowflakes but the piping idea is great if you don't have one.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Hi Elisabeth! HUGGGSSSS to you my dear friend, and we will be very good foodie friends ;p. I'm so happy that you constantly stop by my blog to show me your support. Do stay in touch. You have a wonderful prosperous year ahead. May you and your family stay healthy and continue to inspire other cooks or bakers. Hugs, and lotsa kisses!

  4. Hey Ali! Happy New Year to you too..Wow! I take it you must be having lots of parties or food parties. Oh this is my favourite limoncello recipe. Do try it out. Yeah.. I don't have any snow flake mould, so I drew out the snow flakes and worked from there. Lol.. Have a wonderful prosperous new year and lets inspire one another to continue cooking and baking. Cheers and hugs my friend. Jo


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