Lime and Coco Milk Cupcakes

I am at the moment writing on a scientific article comparing two surgical techniques and such work definitely needs a cake or two 🙂 I’ve been working on the project for 7 month and are finally beginning to see the end of it!

Today the writing went well and I decided to reward myself with a cupcake experiment. The choice of lime and coco milk came from a quick look in our pantry, that among other things contained a lot of limes a single can of coco milk. Unfortunately the coco milk was a light version (only 8% fat) and the taste of coco was not as strong as I had wished, so next time, I will definitely use a full-fat version.

If your are not a fan of lime you can use lemon instead, but I will recommend that you try it with lime first as it is a perfect match for coco milk 🙂 Hope that you will love them as much as I already does.

 

Ingredients (16 cupcakes)

1 stick butter, room temperature

1 cup + 1 tbsp. granulated sugar

3 eggs, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups of flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup coco milk

1 lime, zest and juice

 

Frosting

1 pound cream cheese, room temperature

1 lime, juice

4 tbsp. confectioners sugar

2 limes for decoration

 

Place butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk until light and fluffy. scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary. Add the eggs one at time and whisk until incorporated. then add the vanilla extract.

Combined flour, baking powder and salt in another mixing bowl. Add the flour mixture to the butter and eggs mixture alternating with the coco milk, lime juice and zest. Scrape the sides of the bowl again, if necessary. Only whisk until the batter is combines. Over-whisking the batter might ruin the end result, as the fluffiness of the batter will disappear.

Line standard muffins tins with paper liners. Fill each paper line with 1 tbsp. of the batter and bake at 400F for approximately 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

Frosting

Place all three ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth and fluffy. Put the frosting in a piping bag with your favorite piping tip (this one is a 1/-inch round pipe) and decorate the cakes.

Cut the limes into thin slices and place slice on top of the frosting and press it slightly down.

Serve for afternoon coffee or as a dessert for girl night 🙂

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (16 cupcakes)

113 g butter, room temperature

225 g granulated sugar

3 eggs, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla extract

250 g flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1.25 dl coco milk

1 lime, zest and juice

 

Frosting:

450 g cream cheese, room temperature

1 lime, juice

4 tbsp. confectioners sugar

2 limes for decoration

 

Eclairs with White Chocolate Lime Mousse

Chocolate chocolate chocolate… I have had chocolate all weekend at the yearly chocolate festival. Actually I was only going to the festival one day, but decided to make some warm up desserts in the days before. The first day I made chocolate mini tarts, the second day i made raspberry macaroons and then on the third day I made these stunning eclairs with white chocolate mousse.

Once again I have found inspiration from Maja how make the most fabulous chocolate desserts. Thanks Maja!

 

Ingredients (15 servings)

2/5 cup water

1/4 cup butter

1 tbs. sugar

1/2 cup flour

2 eggs, beaten

 

Lime Mousse:

3/4 cup white chocolate (I use Amedei Toscano White)

1 egg whites, pasteurized

3 egg yolks, pasteurized

3 tbsp. sugar

3 tbsp. lime zest

1/2 cup white chocolate (for decoration)

 

Bring water and butter to a boil in a saucepan. Take the saucepan of the heat and whisk in sugar and flour – a bit at a time. Whisk until combined.

Beat together the eggs in a small bowl. Add slowly to the roux while whisking. Whisk until the dough is smooth.

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag a a 1-inch plain round tip, and pipe 4 inch stripes 2 inch apart on a baking tray with baking paper. You should end up with 15 stripes.

Bake at 390F for 23-24 minute – (NOTE: do not open the oven while baking!). Let rest at a wire rack until completely cooled.

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Lime Mousse:

Melt chocolate slowly in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water, and let cool while preparing the other ingredients.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff and makes soft peaks on top.

Without washing the whisker, whisk together egg yolks and sugar into a light and fluffy eggnog.

Add the melted chocolate and the lime zest and fold gently until combined. Then fold in the whisked egg whites. Fold until just combined. Whisking or folding to much will ruin the fluffiness so be careful.

Make a small whole in one end of the eclairs. Transfer the mousse to a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch round tip and fill the mousse into the eclairs.

Melt the remaining white chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Spread on to the eclairs with a kitchen knife.

Serve with a lot of love and a good cup of coffee.

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (15 servings)

0.9 dl water

0.6 dl butter

1 tbs. sugar

1.25 dl flour

2 eggs, beaten

 

Lime Mousse:

1.8 dl white chocolate (I use Amedei Toscano White)

1 egg whites, pasteurized

3 egg yolks, pasteurized

3 tbsp. sugar

3 tbsp. lime zest

1.25 dl white chocolate (for decoration)