Valentine’s day is just around the corner and as much as you try to veer away from romance, you just can’t seem to escape it. It is freaking everywhere! It’s the season where heart and cupid cut-outs are plastered all over and anything that is red is in.
In the world of cupcakes, there is only one red cupcake that deserves the spotlight on this occasion. The most famous of them all – red velvet cupcakes!
Red velvet cupcakes are vanilla cupcakes with a little hint of cocoa, tinted to a red hue. A lot would be intimidated to make one, but they’re actually easy to make. This Southern cake has been sending cupcake shops in frenzy but I really do not get the fuss over it. I still prefer chocolate cupcakes, but once in a while, I let my romantic side kick in and would devour a red velvet cupcake or two.
As I’ve mentioned, these cupcakes are not really that difficult to make. What makes them quite the little divas that they are is their moistness. They have this little, sorta infamous reputation of being dry once refrigerated. That was also my problem. WAS.
I’ve tweaked my recipes a lot of times already and I kept having this problem over and over again. I almost gave up, but I didn’t. I finally got my light bulb moment when I took inspiration from my super moist chocolate cupcakes and a recipe from divascancook, the result: my perfect red velvet cupcakes!
Here’s my recipe:
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Just like peanut butter and jelly, certain foods just go together like a match made in heaven. Bacon and eggs, pancakes and maple, PB and J, these flavors are really meant for each other. Like loyal partners, they never let each other down, rather, they bring out the best in each other, forming a powerful combination of flavors.
If ever there’s a Brangelina in the culinary world of flavor duos, it would definitely be peanut butter and chocolate. Who can resist the classic combination of bittersweet rich chocolate and lusciously creamy peanut butter?
Here in the Philippines, there’s a famous local candy featuring the classic combination of chocolate and peanut, the Choc-Nut. Made with sugar, milk chocolate and peanuts, this sweet treat has been giving smiles to Filipinos for decades already.
Therefore, it is just right that a cupcake version should be made to highlight this unassuming candy, making an already loved classic confection even more irresistible.
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Hello February! It is that time of the year again when everyone gets sickeningly sweet and disgustingly romantic (notice the hint of bitterness?). So what could be more perfect than a chocolate post? This is just a repost of a recipe I have shared years ago, however, something as classic as chocolate truffles never go out of style. So go on, whether your status is ‘single’, ‘in a relationship’ or (hopefully not) ‘it’s complicated’, you deserve to have at least a bite of chocolate today… and tomorrow… and for the rest of your life!
A quick intro. The film Chocolat by Jesse Hallstrom inspired me to explore the world of chocolates. The way Vianne Rocher would whip up her chocolate concoctions was pure magic. No wonder, right after watching the movie, I was craving for chocolate treats.
These truffles were among the first chocolate desserts that I learned to make. Having no oven back then, it was very easy because it did not require baking. I searched different sites online to look for the “best” truffle recipe but I have noticed that they were almost the same. The main difference was the choclate-butter-cream ratios. I finally settled for the recipe from Martha Stewart and used her recipe as my inspiration for these deletable chocolate delights.
There were a few misses with the recipe that I followed though. For me, I find the ganache too soft, thus it was difficult to roll the truffles. I also ommited the part where I run the truffles into a thin layer of melted chocolate. For some strange reason, I could not succeed in this particular step. So after a couple of ratio experiments, I found my perfect ratio and discovered a step (by accident) which results into a soft and chewy ganache.
Here’s my recipe:
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This recipe is an update of a previous recipe I posted 3 years ago.
Why fix it when it’s not broken? I often ask myself this question whenever I try to “fix” a time-tested recipe. Then again, it can’t be considered “fixing,” rather, it’s an attempt to improve the recipe.
This recipe for instance
My Korean Fried Chicken is been one of my famous recipes in this blog, garnering lots of views everyday. Perhaps, it’s the madness that is KFC all over the world that sends thousands of people online to search for a recipe. Although I’m pretty much satisfied with my recipe, I am not too thrilled with its crunch factor. After all, a korean fried chicken is famous for its crunch, among others.
So, when I tried to upgrade my recipe, I thought of ways to fix this ‘broke’ thing. The result, a crunch that is better. A crunch that lasts longer. A crunch like no other.
Hear that crunch? Here’s the recipe:
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