Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Orange Yogurt Cupcake + Chocolate-Butterscotch Ganache Frosting

Rain, rain go away.. come again another day? Rain, rain go away... so that I could go out and play! Damp air, gloomy grey skies, cold wind gushing, has left me spending most weekends buried under a pile of baking books, trying to get some inspiration. But all I could think of was not wanting to change out of my PJs, staying under my sheets of comforter, cuddling a fluffy pillow and go off to Neverland to dream. I recently realised that my blog and passion for food & desserts has been slightly neglected. Forgive me if I had gone MIA. I told myself that I needed to stay focus at work, and that's what I did. So there are a few back dated posts that will be coming right up real soon.

Was it only last week, that we celebrated Halloween? Anyways, I am starting this lovely month of November with early baked Christmas goodies. This is the easiest, tastiest and good looking ORANGE YOGURT CUPCAKE with CHOCOLATE-BUTTERSCOTCH GANACHE FROSTING with easy to make coral blush fondant toppers.


I may start to judge my own productivity level of the day. Looking through a pile of baking books, and all I could think of was cupcake. I must have some, and yes! I had been craving for them a lot lately. This is almost an old-fashion cupcake. It's superlight, moist, and not overly sinful one bit.

Orange and Chocolate is a classic pairing, but I thought why not drizzle some soft butterscotch? The butterscotch gives it a slight toffee-saltiness taste to the the soft silky smooth semi-sweet chocolate ganache that compliments the all round aromatic orange cake.
To make it a little more festive, I applied simple scrapbooking stamping method and made my own cake toppers out of fondant, edible food colouring and glitter. Aren't these dainty and pretty; plus you could pack them in a lovely box as a present. Who says Christmas is all about the red and green?

Orange Yogurt Cupcake with Chocolate-Butterscotch Ganache
by Chic & Gorgeous Treats                              


*Makes 9 regular sized cupcakes.
*Cupcakes can be kept between 3-5 day in airtight container, if store in the fridge.
*Thaw 5-10 minutes before serving, when taken out of the fridge.
INGREDIENTS

Orange Yogurt Cupcake
80g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cups caster sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 egg
zest of 1/2 lemon
zest of 1 large orange
140g all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup milk
juice of 1/2 an orange + another 3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons plain or Greek yogurt

Creamy Soft Chocolate Ganache Frosting
3oz semi-sweet chocolate
4-5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoon golden syrup
1/2  cup whipping or heavy cream, room temperature

Butterscotch Drizzle
1/3 cup butterscotch morsels
1-2 tablespoon unsalted butter
6-8 tablespoons milk

          


DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 177°C. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, place butter and sugar in mixing bowl and beat on medium high speed until light, fluffy and pale yellow in colour. Turn speed down to medium, then add egg, lemon and orange zest, vanilla extract and beat until well combined scraping the sides occasionally.

2. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sift flour and baking powder together. Mix milk, orange and lemon juice and yogurt in a jug. Turning speed down to low mixing each time until well combined; add the dry ingredient, followed by wet and ending with dry ingredient. Batter will be slightly glossy, thick and not overly runny. Divide batter evenly into cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Let cupcake cool slightly in the muffin pan before transferring it onto a wire rack to complete cooling.

3. In a double boiler, bring water up to a boil and turn heat down to a gentle simmer. Place a heatproof bowl over the double boiler. Melt chocolate, unsalted butter and corn syrup together, stirring occasionally until chocolate has completely melted. Take it off the heat and let it cool down. With a rubber spatula or whisk, while stirring; pour room temperature heavy or whipping cream. Continue to stir as chocolate mixture will thicken and come together. This is a slightly soft, silky smooth and creamy ganache. If ganache is a little too soft to pipe, chill it in the fridge for about 30 minute to allow it to set further and harden slightly. Using a 1M tip, pipe chocolate ganache over each cupcake making pretty little swirls.

4. To make butterscotch drizzle, melt butterscotch morsels and unsalted butter in a microwave on medium high for about 30 seconds. Take it out and stir it occasionally until it melts completely. Using a small whisk, add in milk. Mixture will split when milk is added. Continue to whisk it as it will come together becoming lusciously light and smooth. Drizzle over chocolate ganache frosting. ENJOY!




 xx


52 comments:

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    1. Thanks Vane! These are really ultra moist and filled with orange aroma when you sink your teeth into them ;)

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  2. Jo, it's raining right now. All I want to do is get under the covers with a tray of your orange yogurt cupcake with all the works. That would be bliss!

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    1. It's been crazy with the weather isn't it? How about you order cuppies from me? I will be more than happy to bake you a tray.. LOL..*kidding* sharing is caring right?

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  3. I know what you mean, sometimes I feel the same when it's raining outside. Your cupcakes look amazing, and not only delicious but beautifully decorated! Well done Jo, as always!

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    1. Isn't it nice to just stay in and sleep? THANNKS Sandra! You sure make me smile ;)

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  4. oh my gosh -- YUM!! i just love everything you bake!

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    1. I love everything you cook too Jenn! Keep it up and cause I am greedy and always hungry for more :P

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  5. Yummy looking cupcakes, orange and yogurt! Must be heavenly and extra moist. The topping is amazing and it's a good idea for parties. When I gather my friends, I'll be writing something like, don't hate, take it easy, and can I have my Pyrex bowl back ... LOL
    Very cute cupcakes.

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    1. Hahahah.. so funny! I think I should make more cakes with words and send the message out. As long that person gets the hint.

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  6. On cold rainy days, get up and bake so the oven will heat the house! I love slow braises for the very same reason!

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    1. Great idea too, I love slow braises and can have it anytime of day.

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  7. Such a perfect way to enjoy a rainy day :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  8. They look so moist and delicious :) and with that cheeky bit of caramel just calling my name haha

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    1. Nic, you have to really try these, and who knows yours might taste better than mine? Heehehe.. If only I'm in OZ and I will be happy to give some to you. xoxo

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  9. These are beautiful!!!! WOW. Orange and yogurt. I am so impressed.

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    1. Thanks Dara! It does reminds me of a favourite orange yogurt drink, although it does not that like the drink ;); A good combo, and hopefully you give it a try.

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    1. I love anything related to craft, so I will try to think of ways of using them in my cakes. Should be fun way to experiment!

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  11. What cute little cupcakes! Love the color, the decoration and the yumminess of flavor! I want the one that says PEACE. :) Please send the rain to New Mexico!!! We are dry as a bone out here - over 70 days with NO moisture of any kind!!!

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    1. I love the one that says PEACE too. Too many things happening around us, but it's nice to still have faith and believe that there is peace around us all too. I hope it'll rain soon in New Mexico, but maybe not too much, as we wouldn't want flash floods. It's crazy here. Raining again right now as I am responding to you..

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  12. Chocolate butterscotch ganache???? I hope you saved me one, Jo :)

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    1. Lizzy, anytime for you.. ANYTIME! Hopefully next time round we get to meet up when I ever come by the USA again. xoxo

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  13. Loving those cute toppers. We haven't had much rain yet, but I'm not looking forward to it. Where has this year gone that we are already thinking ahead to the holidays. I hear you, I've been focusing on others things too at the moment, dang it, I hate that we have to work once in a while. Hope it's the weekend for you soon!
    Hugs,
    -Gina-

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    1. Too much rain isn't good, but it's great if it helps fill up the resovoir or or the dam. The year went by swiftly this year. Can you belive it, it exactly 1 year from today I was there in SF having a wonderful time with you all. Have a great weekend too and take care. Huggss

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  14. Hi Jo, just found your blog from PH's bloglist - great photos and lovely recipes :) your cupcakes are so pretty, and those fondant toppers r a brilliant idea, so apt for christmas. Wuld love to try this out very soon, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Esther! I'm glad you came over. Do stay in touch and I will be buzzing you shortly over at your blog. Cheers~

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  15. It's never too early to get started with holiday baking, that's the best part of the season!

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    1. That's true ;). Even without any festive season, I'll find an excuse to bake something.. then again there's something about CHRISTMAS that makes me feel like a kid all over again.

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  16. Hi Joanna! My gosh. Your detail to attention is simply amazing! Not to mention you dress them up so pretty too! :) It's November and this time last year you were here in SF! Thinking of you and miss you very much. xoxo

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    1. Hi Nami! Was it 12/11 or 11/11/11 that I depart from SF last year? Time sure flies isn't it when we are having a good time? I miss you dearly and wished we had more time. Hopefully you will be coming by Asia again or maybe when time permits, I'll pop by SF. There is ton of catching up to do. Hugss, Jo

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  17. 9 entire cupcakes for myself---I think I'd be tempted to eat all of them, seeing as how it's not an entire dozen (is how I'd reason it out, lol).

    I love the moist look of the cake, the soft frosting, and butterscotch?! It's perfect =)

    I'm following you on Twitter =)

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    1. LOL.. I was thinking the same, but you know like what they say "sharing is caring". Following you back in which ever means of the social era apps. I maybe a young but I'm seriously bad with social network apps. Hehehehhe...

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  18. I really love the designs. I do hope I can do this too, when I get back to my home country.

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    1. Thanks for coming over Cami! I'm sure you will be able to whip up something better ;). Have a good time being artsy on decorating a cupcake or cake. Cheers~

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  19. Hi Jo, I've been so behind with my comments; and didn't realize that I missed your last post but will catch up! Your cupcake is gorgeous...of course, the orange and Greek yogurt is such an incredible combination, and the adorable topping is so pretty...I would be afraid to eat it:)

    I hope your rainy weather is clearing up, I'm with you on staying in PJ's all day long, we've had such rainy days up until this week, but now it seemed to be a little too cool since this week! A beautiful cupcake such as yours would brighten the day! Hugsss, and kisses to you my sweet friend:)

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  20. I'm back again...LOL I don't feel so bad now, I actually did comment on your previous post, except I'm totally craving your sinfully good eclairs, or now again, your amazing cupcake! butterscotch, and chocolate, sure is on top of my list:)xoxo

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    1. Hi Eli! Don't worry okay? I'm behind in reading all the blogs.. so many of you keep me inspired in the baking world. It will take awhile for me to get by everybody to shout hello ;). As long you are well and feeling great, that's what matters. Hugs

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  21. Dear Jo,
    Glad you are so motivated in the rain. It's cold here but I haven't had any time to start baking. You keep me inspired and your beautiful treats make me want to make one now. xoxo.

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  22. Dear Jo,

    I am inspired that in such a rainy weather you are so motivated. I have been to busy to bake in the last six months but I hope to get to do some before christmas. Wish I had one of those cupcake here. xoxo.

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    1. Hey Visda! long time my friend.. it was a year ago we had such a blast. Hope all is well with you in Austria. Do stay in touch whenever possible in whichever means of communication. Twitter or email? I would be more than happy to offer you the cupcakes. I need more foodies like you who will appreciate my baked goodies :P. Huggs

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  24. You are such a Dessert Witch JO! Forever casting your decadent spells..lol... Just when I recovered from drooling all over my keybboard over your eclairs, here I go again :)

    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    1. Hehehhehe.. laughing with a high pitch shreek :P. Well likewise whenever I come over to your awesome cooking blog. I really love Indian cuisine. Just got to love the aroma of spices and blend. Delish! xoxo

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  25. This is absolutely gorgeous! Vintage chic cupcakes, I like to call them! the fact that they are pink, too...makes me smile!

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    1. Thanks Jen! I do love vintage chic designs and hopefully I will be able to decorate prettier looking cakes. Have a great weekened ahead!

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  26. Wowsers...what a flavour combination...these look AMAZING...and I bet they taste just as good!!! I want one now! :-)

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    1. If you do get a chance, give this a try. The cakes were really pumped with natural orange flavour. I'm suddenly craving for cupcakes. Wonder what will I be baking? hmmmmm.. Cheers~

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  27. Hi! I noticed that when you make your ganache you don't heat the whipping cream( which a normal ganache recipe would call for) but instead you pour it on the melted chocolate at room temp. Should the chocolate be cooled down to room temp before pouring in the cream? If i chill it to harden it a bit will it still look smooth and silky? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, thanks for the query, and I have responded below. Happy Baking!

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  28. Hi! I learnt this other method from another book I came across. It works just as well as heating up the cream. For this method, you will have to let the melted chocolate cool down slightly (approx 3-5 minutes). Beforehand, take the heavy cream out of the fridge and let it sit to room temperature. Once the chocolate has cooled down slightly, stir in the heavy cream. Melted chocolate will start to thicken as you add in the cream, and double up in volume. If ganache is a little too soft to pipe; what I would usually do is chill it in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes, to achieve piping consistency. This ganache is not hard, unless refrigerated. Even so, when taken out to thaw for about 5-10 minutes, it will soften slightly, but will still hold it's shape if you decide to pipe it like just any frosting. This is great for spreading over a cake. Hope that makes sense and helps! :)

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