Yesterday I was musing on the differences between baking in England and baking here in Turks and Caicos. U.K eggs are brown, here they are white...U.K butter is yellow, here it is white but one of the biggest differences is our measuring systems. Here, like in America they use cups. Whilst back in England I used measuring scales and everything was weighed out in grams. What got me thinking was a rather interesting science project Crazy about Cake's daughter did on measuring variations in flour when making bread. She made three different batches of bread, one had 6% too little flour, one had 6% too much and one had the exact amount the recipe called for. The results showed that whilst all 3 batches tasted good every taster picked out the batch of bread with the correct percentage of flour as their favourite! Can you believe that such a small error in measuring could produce those results!
It got me thinking about my baking, using cups is not really an exact science. When that flour comes charging out of the bag as I'm filling up my cup do I scrape off the excess dome that has gathered on top? No, I just throw it all in! When that recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon of salt, I think salt? really? in my baking...I'd rather not, and I leave it out. The baking I produce usually tastes good but does it taste the best? because that's what I'd like to aim for! So I decided that in the spirit of Erin's experiment I'd like to start baking with exactness and sticking to recipes down to a tee, to make the BEST cupcakes I can make! Unfortunately whilst I brought half a suitcase full of baking goodies out here with me, I left my electronic scales behind - school boy error! So, I will have to begin baking with exactness still using cups and just making sure I get better at levelling out and compressing my cup full down when I'm measuring things like packed sugar!
I have had this recipe bookmarked for about 8 months! along with the hundreds of other recipes that are bookmarked neatly in their little subfolders: truffles/pops, brownies, pies, cookies, layer cakes, cupcakes etc...and the list goes on! Maybe one day when I stop working or something I'll get around to making all of them!
It has been circulating the blogging world for a long while now, and luckily for me Tracey decided to bake them up this week and when they popped up on my blog reader I decided enough was enough and it was really time I gave them a go!
Considering there are four different components, they really didn't take as long as I expected and they turned out amazing! When it's a chocolate chip cupcake, filled with raw cookie dough, topped with brown sugar frosting and finished with a mini homemade cookie - how could they not be amazing?!
The chocolate chip cupcakes baked up like a dream and are such a lovely texture and still fresh as can be one day later.
The cookie dough was super quick to throw together, it was my first time using sweetened condensed milk in a cookie dough. My guess is it's instead of the eggs so that it's okay to eat the cookie dough raw.
I baked up little mini cookies to adorn my cupcakes with and filled all the cupcakes with it raw and I still have loads left over in the fridge! Perhaps I didn't fill them as generously as I should have, either way there's going to be lots of cookie Sundaes made this week in our house!
The frosting was a brown sugar one, and it called for flour!!! Flour? I hear you say! Yes, I had never put it in frosting before either....but with my new goal in mind of baking with exactness I decided to put my trust in Tracey and follow the recipe and it turned out great!
Tracey finished her cupcakes off with mini chocolate chips. Here in Turks & Caicos, bags of chocolate chips cost over $6 so there was no way I was buying one bag of regular size chips and a bag of mini so I went for the pikey option and just chopped up the bigger chips into quarters to make small chips to sprinkle on top! and finished off with that cute little cookie!
I decided ruffled frosting might be becoming my new favourite way to decorate! If you are looking for a truly indulgent cupcake in every sense of the word then you won't be disappointed with these! Happy baking!