Friday, 21 February 2014

Black sesame-Red Bean Ladybird Chiffon Cupcakes

Don't you just love these cute creatures? I wanted to make cute chiffon ladybugs that would bring a smile to anyone's face and be so light and yummy to eat! Not being a fan of artificial colouring, I paired up black sesame chiffon with azuki chiffon to pattern these cute bugs. It was also a good chance to try out my new silicone mini round moulds for making small chiffon cakes!

I made a picture tutorial for it for a friend and will share it here :)

Ingredients (makes 16 ladybirds)
3 egg yolks
20g sugar
35g vegetable oil
45ml boiled water
60g cake flour
10 g black sesame paste
15 g azuki bean paste
Tiny tiny dip of wilton red

4 egg whites
45g sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
2. Beat egg yolks with sugar with whisk till pale yellow/white before stirring in oil and water.
3. Add in 60 g sieved cake flour and whisk till no trace of flour found.
4. Scoop out 8 tsp of egg yolk batter and add 10 g black sesame paste. Mix well.
5. Meringue: Beat 4 egg whites with 1/4 tsp cream of tartar till stiff peaks form, adding the sugar in 2 additions.
6. Scoop over 16 tbsp of meringue. Quickly but gently fold it in till well-combined. Use a wilton 5 tip to pipe in the black lines and dots for the ladybird.
7. Bake the patterns for 1.5 min. *For good transfer of patterns, patterned batter onto tin must be thick.
8. To the rest of the remaining egg yolk batter, add in 15 g azuki bean paste and a tiny dip of red wilton color. Mix well. Fold the rest of the meringue gently in 2 additions.
9. Use a wilton 230 tip to gently pipe the red batter gently over the black patterns over half of the body. Then use a spoon to fill up the black portion of the ladybird with black batter.
10. Bake the cake in preheated 160°C oven for 25 minutes.
11. Pop the ladybirds out when the cake is cool.
12. Stick on the ladybirds’ eyes using kaya.

It was quite a lot of work to make these small ladybugs! But when I set my eyes upon them, I couldn't help but smile! Tastewise, I thought the pairing was lovely!

Hope they bring a smile to you and your loved ones too!

With love,

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