Monday, October 14, 2013

not Cup Cake, Just Cinnamon buns

Cinnamon buns

Making cinnamon "knots" is not my thing. Just sayin.
I struggled quite a bit with making these look somewhat pretty but I think they ended up looking ok at least. They tasted amazing though, and that's what counts, right? And I know that practice makes perfect. I need to make them more often. The last time I blogged about cinnamon buns was in November 2009 (!!!). Back then I wrote "I prefer mine without cardamom". What?? I texted my brother the other day asking him if he likes cardamom. He said it was probably his favorite "spice". I agreed. Things sure have changed around here since 2009.

Tomorrow is the official "Kanelbullens dag" or cinnamon bun-day in Sweden. I must say that these buns are amongst my favorite things in the world, with a glass of milk or cup of coffee (make that coffee for me please!).
I of course also make them with a little bit of extra filling. 

Mmmmm... butter. I need butter.
Ok, just go make them! They are that good.

On another note, the text on my blog is really picking a fight with me. Let me know if it looks weird on your screen.

Recipe after the jump!

Cinnamon buns
Makes about 30 buns

150 g soft butter
100 ml granulated sugar (90 g)

½ tsp salt 
2 tsp freshly ground cardamom
500 ml milk
50 g fresh yeast

1400 ml all purpose flour (840 g)


175 g soft butter
100 ml granulated sugar (90 g)
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom, freshly ground

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

Egg wash

1 egg, lightly beaten
Pearl sugar, chopped almonds or granulated sugar

1. Mix butter, sugar, salt and cardamom until smooth in a large bowl. 
2. Heat milk in a saucepan until approximately 37°C (98.5F), remove from heat and add sprinkled yeast. Stir until dissolved. When yeast is completely dissolved, add milk to butter mixture. 
3. Gradually add flour, then work until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover bowl with a cloth and leave to rise until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, mix the ingredients for the filling and set aside.
5. When dough is ready, divide it into two pieces. Start by rolling out the first piece of dough into a large rectangle, about 40x50 cm. Spread half of the filling on top. 
6. To make the shape pictured here, fold the dough two times (so you have three layers of dough, kind of like a business letter!).
7. Cut out long strips of dough (about 2 cm wide) which you then cut in half lengthwise, leaving the top part uncut (imagine holding up a pair of pants in front of you, that's what it should look like but with super long legs!)
8. Twist together into a knot and put on parchment paper.
9. Repeat steps 5-8 with remaining piece of dough.
10. Cover with a cloth and leave to rise for 30 minutes. 
11.  Heat oven to 250°C (480F). Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle pearl sugar on top if desired. Bake for about 8-11 minutes, depending on the size of the buns.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Cup Cake April Mop

like christmas, record store day comes but once a year and is a day dedicated to small, independently owned record stores.  there are much sought after special releases that are developed each year & it's a day to support music, local businesses & vinyl love.  it's always a fun day, but when the record store owner happens to be hitched to a cupcake loving vegan gal, it means there will be sweets too!

so gather some friends and go pick up some vinyl.  and if you happen to be in my town, swing by cosmic dave's & pick up a cupcake too.  happy record store day!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cup Cakes- Jungle theme

Cup Cakes- Jungle theme

I made these cup cakes for my son's 1st Birthday Party on June 16th. The theme for his party was Jungle Safari & hence I made Jungle themed cup cakes. Its a Chocolate cup cake with Butter cream icing. I used Wilton colors to match the theme. Mostly the cup cakes have grass shape icing & I used the grass tip to decorate.

3 Tbsp cocoa powder
250 grams all purpose flour
1 Tbsp Baking powder
100 grams salted butter
1 Cup Milk
200 grams powdered sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Butter cream frosting
250 grams Butter room temperature
600 grams Icing sugar
2 Tspn Vanilla essence
1/4 Milk if required
(Beat the butter, icing sugar, vanilla essence for almost 5 to 8 minutes till its smooth. Add milk if the mixture gets very hard. Butter cream icing is ready. Use best quality butter for best results & taste) 

Method: In a bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour, Coco mixture and beat only until incorporated. Add in milk when required in between. 

Fill each cup cake cup about two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 16 - 20 minutes or until risen, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. (Do not over bake or the cupcakes will be dry.) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost with icing. You can either spread the frosting on the cupcakes with a small spatula or if piping, use any tip that you want. I used the grass tip to go with the theme. These cupcakes are best the day they are made, but can be covered and stored for a few days. Mine lasted for 5 days & they were still moist.

Makes about 20 - 24 cup cakes

Cup Cake Sweet Cake Idea

Sunday, February 3, 2013

~The Party Dress~ I have been creeping up on The Party Dress Blog lately in which I came across lots of cute little ideas, goodies and treats! Enjoy! 

This is a cute valentine's Day idea.....great for Parents or grandparents!

The Circus Cake is so adorable!

Egg Pops!

Flower Pops!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dream in Cream

Dream in Cream
Or with a little color too? 
How has life been treating everyone?
I feel like I never have time to blog anymore or if I do have time then I am on addiction as you may know.
Have a good weekend!!


Friday, January 18, 2013

~Carousel Party~

This party is so sweet! The color scheme is adorable and ......everything is just perfect!
Why couldn't I have a pretty little party like this growing up :(

Kara's Party Ideas

Funny Pictures

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