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Weekend Cupcakes – Orange with Chocolate and Coffee

Baking and I have never been THAT fond of each other . The reason – specific measurements. Unlike cooking, one can’t really wing it. (Who likes a cake that falls flat or lacks taste, right)
My grandmother loved to bake. She would bring out her many aluminum cake tins and make basic vanilla sponges or variations adding cocoa powder and/or essences. The kitchen would smell all buttery and vanilla-y, heaven really.
My younger sister has got that gene. She loves to bake. Though not often, when she gets into that zone, there’s no stopping her. It’s scary I tell you, especially when you’re dreaming of dancing with Patrick Swayze (when he picks you up as ‘Time of my Life’ plays all around) and instead get woken up rudely with the words “Cupcake time! You need to sift the flour.”
R tried two variations. Orange with chocolate and coffee with cocoa. Both with a gooey chocolate centre (dark and white) and dark chocolate icing. I can’t describe you how delicious they were as we gobbled them up with coffee. What are cheat days for after all!

For Cupcakes (Makes 12)
150g self-raising flour (half for each batch)
150g caster sugar (half for each batch)
150g butter (half for each batch)
2 eggs (1 for each batch)
2 tbs milk (1 for each batch)
3 tbs cocoa powder
Handful of milk and dark chocolate shards
1 tsp natural orange essence
2 tsp strong coffee

100g icing sugar
2 tsp cocoa powder
2 tbs hot water

-Preheat oven to 190 C
-For each batch whisk together the butter, egg, milk and sugar. Sift in the flour.
-Add 1 tbs cocoa and orange essence in one. Add the 2 tbs cocoa and coffee in another. Whisk till you get a nice tasting mixture.
-Line the muffin tins with 12 cupcake wrappers. Carefully spoon in the mixture.
-Add shards of chocolate and then add another spoonful of mixture on top.
-Bake in the oven for 12 minutes. Take out and cool.
-Make the icing in a bowl. Whisk all ingredients together and decorate the cupcakes.
-Enjoy with coffee, hot chocolate or just as it is!

Freshly baked and cooling

Freshly baked and cooling

All iced and ready to devour. My Jackson Pollock moment!

All iced and ready to devour. My Jackson Pollock moment!

Coffee and cupcakes!

Coffee and cupcakes!

Baked sausages on a rainy day

Hot from the oven!

Hot from the oven!

There’s something warm and comforting about sausages. There are various kinds to choose from in the supermarkets or at specialised shops. (Oh Viktualienmarkt, how I miss thee!) But on a rainy day, the way any type of sausage uplifts your mood is beyond comparisons. In fact, a friend texted saying how much he was enjoying cocktail sausages cooked in butter watching the rain pitter-patter down the window pane today!

I enjoy the rains but not on a winter day when you should be out exploring. With rains playing spoilsport for over two days now, Delhi is cold and drab to the point that hot coffee with nutmeg is not helping.

So, how did I cheer myself up? Making a sausage and tomato bake of course! Vegetarians don’t worry. You can substitute the chicken/pork sausages with the soy ones you get in the market.

Sausage bake with herbs and tomatoes 


8-10 pork/chicken sausages
3 big ripe tomatoes (chopped)
Handful of cherry tomatoes
7-8 button mushrooms (chopped)
2 sprigs rosemary
2 tbs dried oregano
2 tbs dried thyme
5 cloves of garlic (chopped)
Salt and pepper to taste
Extra virgin olive oil

The method

Preheat the over to 200°C. Then toss in all the ingredients, coat well with the olive oil and put into bake for 40 minutes. Remember to keep the sausages on top. After the first 20 minutes, turn the sausages. And 40 minutes later, voila! Serve with bread, rice or boiled vegetables. Enjoy!

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