Thanks to Zorra of Kochtopf for her kind invitation to participate in this blog event on 28th September 2007, Apple Day.
Coincidentally, just over a week ago, I was coming up with a design for my apple muffins and as a fan of Granny's Smith green apples, I have decided to make my muffins look like apples. Baked in an apple designed cup, it further enhances the apple muffin. At Sam's, it is known as "The Big Apple".
When using apples in baking, it is good to use a mixture of red and green apples. The red apples (such as Royal Gala) will provide natural sweetness and the green apples (such as Granny's Smith) will give a crunch and tartness to the baked product. In addition, when the apples are being peeled, they should be tossed in lemon juice to prevent any enzymatic browning from occuring. Some books will tell you to use salt solution. In my opinion, the salt solution will leave some slight salty aftertaste in the apples which may be unpleasant in the baked product.
Apples are very versatile fruits. They can be eaten on its own, tossed with other greens to form a salad, cooked with cinnamon and cloves and used as pie fillings, and baked into muffins, pies and cakes.
These mouthwatering Carrot Cupcakes has come a long way since I first made them slightly more than a year ago. Today, it has become a well-loved product of Sam's. It is not only nutritiously packed with lots of carrots (beta-carotene which is good for the eyes), sunflower oil is also used instead of butter (which has lower saturated fats) and it is high in calcium from the milk used.
When I first made these Carrot Cupcakes, there were various feedbacks. The "Ang Mo" Carrot Cake lovers find the texture of these cupcakes too soft as compared to the traditional one which is rougher and heavier. Those who love the "Singapore" Carrot Cake, often confused this with the savoury version found in your neighbourhood hawker stalls.
Even the way these Carrot Cupcakes looked has changed over the past year. From covering them with a layer of cream cheese frosting to decorating these Carrot Cupcakes with a handmade edible marzipan carrot.
Sam's Healthy Carrot Cupcakes... Have you tried them yet?
Special Thanks to Halcyon Photography for the Photograph on Sam's Carrot Cupcakes.
Incorporating flowers as a decoration for cakes is not new. However, one must be very careful in the selection of the type of flowers used. The flowers should not produce any sap when cut. Also, these flowers should be properly treated to remove any residual pesticides.
In most cases, roses are used. For me, I personally prefer to use Margarita Pong Pong Flowers. When I use them as decorations on cakes, it gives a fresh look to "Flower Cakes". From the pictures above, you can see how versatile these flowers can be used on the cakes. From birthday cakes to wedding cakes... Flowers suits any occasions.