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Monday, November 19, 2012

Black Forest Cupcakes- A Guest Post by Archana Vijay

It is a great pleasure to have Archana Vijay of Tangy Minds here for a guest post. She is a great baker and a wonderful blogger. We both share the same interest of Wilton cake decorating courses- I have just completed level 1, while she has finished all four courses.So I know the amount of work, effort and dedication required for these courses. And I was awestruck to see her grand finale cake, a tall, multi-tiered cake.  it was so beautiful. When I asked about her motivation to start blogging, the answer is here in her own words, "After I came to the USA,I used to feel lonely at free times and it made me very bored.When I switch on the TV it was Food Network Show.It makes me to watch daily and I loved it.First I began baking Banana muffins and it came out well..That is the beginning  of my baking life.MY Hubby and my friends asked me to do blogging ! I was quite blank as I never known it..Day by day..I started learning it and I was quite happy with my blog and of course got lovely blogger friends :)"

Now over to Archana,

This post makes me happier as I had celebrated my birthday as well as my anniversary at the same time. I had got Divya as my very wonderful & loving friend. She is very intelligent, also busy bee. I have got her from our baking group. I like to chat with her and my mom also chatted with her. I got quite surprised that how my mom does knew her? She said am her friend and she likes to chat with my friends.  Her blog is very amazing with full of traditional recipes. When  she asked me to do a guest post and I immediately said sure  and love to do it. When I asked regarding my recipe, She said it is one of her favorite. Am glad that my recipe is liked by her.  It made me so happy.

Here is the recipe that I am sharing it with you all. It’ll be great for everyone to bake it on any occasion. Herewith am sharing this recipe called as “BLACK FOREST CUPCAKES” .

Here are the ingredients:

For the cupcakes:
  • 1 Cup Self-Raising Flour
  •  ½ Tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  •  ¼ Cup Vegetable oil(You can use canola oil )
  • 1 ½ Cups Milk
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg lightly beaten

 For filling: 
  •  ¼ cup water
  •  ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn starch
  •  ½ to 1 cup Cherries freshly one.
  •  Cherry jam or chopped cherries soaked in sugar syrup or maraschino cherries

  For Topping:
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy whipping Cream
  • ½ Cup powdered sugar
  •  ½ Tsp Vanilla extract

 For Garnishing:
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Cherries


For making Cupcake batter:
  1. In a medium saucepan, add milk, butter, oil and cocoa powder to it on medium heat. Allow the butter to melt completely.(Do not put on high heat) Stir once ill it gets brown color.
  2. Allow it to cool at room temperature.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C, line muffin cup papers on the muffin pan and set aside.
  4. Whisk together baking soda, self-rising flour, sugar into the bowl.
  5. Add beaten egg along with dry ingredients as step 4  by using electric stand mixer or hand mixer.
  6. Mix well until it is well incorporated.
  7. Add the egg flour mixture to the cooled butter cocoa powder mixture.
  8. Continue to stir until it is well mixed up.
  9. Do not over mix.
  10. Transfer the batter to the muffin cups. Do not overload.
  11. Bake it for about 15 to 20 minutes or the tooth pick comes out clean after inserted it.

For making Filling:
  1. Chop the fresh cherries.
  2. Add water and sugar into the medium saucepan. Allow it to boil until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Add corn starch and chopped cherries to it.
  4. Continue stirring on medium heat until it is thick one.
  5. Allow it to cool once turned off the heat.
  6. Transfer it into the piping bag or you can use spoon to make hole inside the cooled cupcakes and insert the cooled soaked cherries to it.

For making Whipped cream:
  1.  In clean bowl, whisk all the ingredients together till you get peak forms.

For garnishing:
  1. Take any chocolate of your favorite one. Grate it as much you want

 To Assemble:
  1.  Take cooled cupcake, Make a hole and insert the cherry jam or soaked cherry syrup or chopped cherries.
  2. Take a piping bag, put the whipped cream to it and pipe it on the top of the cupcake.
  3. Garnish It with chocolate shavings and a cherry on the top.
  4.  Serve it.


  1. Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Awesome and lovely and Am so overwhelmed when reading it.Am lucky to have you my dearest friend :)

    1. Thanks for doing a wonderful guest post dear. Lovely cake.. So beautiful, wish I could taste it.

  2. Yummy yummm...I am drooling :D

  3. Wat a beautiful cupcakes, cant take my eyes from the pictures.

    Glad to know more about Archana,she is indeed a fabulous baked. Beautiful guest post too.

  4. who can think of a blackforest cupcake :) so cute they look and lovely guest post girls... I am so bad at icing and you girls inspire me... lovely post and hats off to both Divya and Archana. My wishes on your birthday and anniversary Archana

    1. Thank you so much for your wishes and So sweet comments :)

  5. nice write up dear.. cupcakes are so cute and adorable :)

  6. Can I grab one cc pls......drooling here!!

  7. Looks so yummy!! Nice inviting clicks..

  8. Nice write up n inviting cup cakes, my wishes to both of u!!!

  9. Congrats to both of you,lovely cup cakes.

  10. Amazing idea - BF cup cakes :)i have a request from my son for a BF cake for his bday ,which is in dec.....

  11. Wonderful post, the cupcakes look so cute and yumm..

  12. Thats a cool idea...cakes look super tempting

  13. Lovely black forest cup cakes...Beautifull done Achu...Happy to know about you and great work gals..

  14. Gr8 idea.. the black forest cup cakes look so cute.

  15. Cooool and awesome...Lovely idea and super tempting!! Wish I could taste this!

  16. Beautiful cupcakes Great post Archana and Divya.


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