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Cupcakes

Juhlakuu in Kerava

As some of you may already have seen on Juhlakuu’s Facebook page, yesterday I went to the Laurea Kerava International Week to tell the story behind Juhlakuu.

I’m a former Laurea student myself, and when a teacher and a good friend of mine asked if I could give a presentation about Juhlakuu, I was in (almost) immediately. I was very nervous about the presentation for a long time, as I personally don’t think I’ve ever been very good at giving speeches.

Therefore I decided to save the situation by offering cupcakes to the audience, as baking I can do!

Auditorium was big and scary

I had about two months to make the presentation, but it still wasn’t finished until last weekend. At some point I decided not to do a traditional PowerPoint presentation with bullets and graphs, and instead show pictures of my cakes while I was telling my story. And of course last weekend’s cake needed to be in the presentation as well!

I wrote the frame of my speech well in advance (on Sunday evening), but in the end I ended up speaking about whatever crossed my mind at the time. It seemed to have worked, as I later on heard that (despite my nervousness) I had been “calm” and “natural”.

The cupcakes disappeared quickly after my presentation, and the audience seemed to be interested in my topic and (unlike normally) asked a lot of questions after my speech.

The cupcakes (in Juhlakuu’s colours of course) were made with the same recipe as the blueberry and white chocolate cupcakes I had made earlier for the opening party.

A few model pieces of fondant decorations got to travel with me to the presentation and despite the rainy weather they also survived the trip back home

Blueberry and white chocolate cupcakes

Mustikka-kuppikakut

 

Juhlakuu’s opening has been celebrated now a couple of times, and I decided to celebrate it once more at “real” work. At the same time I tried a brand new recipe (and I do mean literally brand new as I came up with it earlier today by modifying other recipes).

Those quick of eye may notice what the colour of the cupcakes refers to… :)

 

Blueberry cupcakes: (12 pcs)

4 dl plain flour
0,25 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
120 g margarine
1,7 dl caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla sugar
100 g crème fraîche
0,5 dl milk
2,5 dl blueberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whisk together margarine and sugar until fluffy. Add one egg at a time while mixing. Mix together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add them into the batter with the crème fraîche and milk. Mix until smooth, and fold in the blueberries.

Use a spoon or a piping bag to pour the batter into cupcake paper covered muffin tray, and bake in 200°C for 15-20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool before icing them.

 

White chocolate icing

35 g margarine
45 g mascarpone
0,75 tbsp powdered sugar
85 g white chocolate
0,5 tbsp blueberry juice (for colour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler and let it cool slightly.

Mix together margarine, mascarpone and powdered sugar until smooth, and add the blueberry juice. Mix in the slightly cooled white chocolate.