Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Devil's Food Chocolate Cupcakes (Cupcakes and Cocktails)


I was asked if I would like to review one of the new collection of books from Bonnie Marcus.  ‘Cupcakes and Cocktails’, ‘Guilt-Free Girl Deserts’ and ‘Food Journal’ 

Bonnie Marcus, a busy mother of three and former high-end New York events planner, turned her skills to designing and has created a range of practical yet fashionable cook books, food journals and notebooks, which have taken the US by storm. Her stylish stationery has found her a host of celebrity fans including Cindy Crawford, Brooke Shields, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross and many others.

In the US, Bonnie has been recognised as a pioneer for women in business. She won the prestigious American Express “Make Mine a $Million Business” contest for women entrepreneurs and serves as the small business spokesperson for Bank of America as well. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all her products are donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other organizations promoting breast cancer awareness.
 ‘Recipe from Cupcakes and Cocktails, part of 'The Bonnie Marcus Collection' from Parragon Books. Full collection available at Amazon.’

For more information visit http://bonniemarcus.com/



I chose Cocktails and Cupcakes purely as I have been in a baking mood recently and I love a cocktail or two, not so much out at a bar, but with friends or on a romantic dinner for two.

Cupcakes and Cocktails cookbook is a fabulous collection of the latest cupcake recipes and essential cocktails, as well as a useful guide to hints and tips, and sure-fire recipe combinations to impress  guests or just myself! With cake recipes such as Limoncello Cupcakes, Watermelon Cupcakes, teamed with Rum Cooler, Mai Tai and Purple Passion amongst many more. Its a fab book.
Indulgent cakes and cocktails are aplenty, but some are designed for those watching their waistlines too.


The photos will make you want to start baking.


I have been browsing the book and getting hungrier and hungrier, I decided to try Devil's Food Chocolate Cupcakes first. I needed something simple to make with a chocolate hit.
I liked the sound of sour cream in the sponge and in the icing. 

Mine turned out very close in appearance to the ones pictured, always a bonus. I just could not do the pretty chocolate slivers, however I don't think it was noticed as the family tucked in and devoured last night.

The recipe in the book states for 18 cupcakes and would be perfect for a group of girlfriends, I made mine in larger cases (me greedy...never) so made 12 in average size cupcake cases. 


Ingredients

55g/2 oz soft margarine
100g/3 and 1/2 oz soft light brown sugar
2 large eggs
100g/3 and 1/2 oz plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 oz cocoa powder
125 ml/5 fl oz sour cream


Icing

115g/4 oz dark plain chocolate broken into pieces
2 tbsp caster sugar
Shaved chocolate curls to decorate

Method

Preheat the oven to 180/350 F Gas Mark 4 and put cupcake cases into tin

Put the margarine, brown sugar, eggs, flour, bicarb and cocoa into a large bowl and using an electric mixer, whisk until smooth. Using a metal spoon, fold in the sour cream. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and smooth the tops.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until well risen and firm to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make the icing, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Cool slightly, then whisk in the sugar and the soured cream. Spread the icing over each cake and leave to set in the refrigerator. 

Serve decorated with chocolate curls or in my case whatever shape you can manage!! 


The other books in the collection are

GUILT-FREE GIRL DESERTS
The Bonnie Marcus Guilt- Free Girl Desserts Book is a gorgeous recipe book that will ensure you look good and eat well! With over 50 recipes of delicious, good-for-you desserts, this collection will satisfy any sweet tooth without breaking any healthy eating plans.


FOOD JOURNAL
The Bonnie Marcus Food Journal is a perfect guide to helping solve the diet dilemmas of the modern girl! With a focus on keeping you happy and healthy, recipes include comfort treats, slimming meals and delicious drinks.

I was sent a copy of Cupcakes and Cocktails in order to review, all ingredients  and opinions are my own, I received no other incentive!



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69 comments:

  1. Gosh these cakes look amazing. Cocktails and cakes are my two favourite things in the whole world!

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    1. Thank you, they taste pretty good, though I may use milk chocolate next time.

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  2. These look awesome, I've been looking for ideas for a wedding - thanks!!! The world has certainly gone Cupcake crazy :-)

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    1. Thank you. It has gone cupcake crazy, agreed, but that is a good thing!

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  3. Wow! Those cakes look delicious!!
    What a great book.....I'm sure it would inspire even me to start baking properly :) x

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    1. It gave me a boost, we have bought more icing accessories this weekend, hope to emulate a little of what is in the book.

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  4. oh my they look SOOOOO good! Pass me one over, I havent had breakfast yet...

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    1. Hehe, they vanished overnight, teens always win the survival fight with a cake!

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  5. I expect the sour cream ingredient keeps them soft and moist. They look great.

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    1. Yes very moist, I reckon they would last ages longer with it in as well, but cakes never stay long enough.

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  6. Fantastic - Ive lost my baking mojo, need to get back in the kitchen lol

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    1. I had lost my cake mojo, just been sticking to savoury, but this book has made me want to again. The cupcake recipes are very easy to follow.

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  7. What more could you want from a cook book?! The cupcakes you made look delicious.

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    1. It is a cool book, lovely cakes and cool drink!

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  8. these look super tasty, will have to make some at some point!

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    1. Thank you, do make them, super easy!

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  9. Oh my, those look amazing! And you shared them? I would have hoarded them all away for me. I must have a look for the books too, they sound great.

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  10. They look flippin' lovely. Link them up with #recipeoftheweek if you fancy it xx

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  11. Two of my favourite things! Love the idea of limoncello cupcakes

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  12. Yum, they look very chocolate and scrumptious!

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  13. Oh they look gorgeous. I'm trying to be good this week!

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  14. Chocolates and cocktails, nothing better in my book.

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    1. Agreed I will happily settle on the cakes if having to choose.

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  15. I've just been on a cake decorating course and really getting into cupcakes. This looks fantastic and I could try out lots of my new ideas. Thanks for sharing

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  16. They look so yummy! The books look great too, I am a sucker for a nice baking book x

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    1. I am addicted to recipe books! Still beats the internet recipes!

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  17. Oooh - these look amazing! I know I'd enjoy making AND eating these :-)

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    1. You would they are yummy and easy to make. x

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  18. Ohhhhhh they look so good, and I am so trying to be good about chocolate consumption. They are not good for that I guess, unless you are trying to up your chocolate consumption ;)

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    1. There are some nice recipes that are healthier too, but my family chose chocolate!!

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  19. They look so good....I realllly want a cupcake now!

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    1. They seem to bring that response, I keep wanting to make them again, but need to be good!

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  20. These look really tasty. You can't go wrong with a cupcake book!

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  21. Oooooh! I could eat one of those now.Actually that's a lie, I could eat two.

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  22. This certainly sounds like my kind of book! Best of both worlds. The cakes look delicious x

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    1. I plan a night of cupcakes and cocktails soon, it may just be for one though ;)

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  23. Two of my fave things in the world!

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  24. These look delicious. I could just eat one now. Do you deliver?!

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  25. I have this book! it's ace isn't it! x

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    1. It is, but very dangerous, I get so hungry!!

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  26. Those cakes look delicious, what a fab book!

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  27. Will have to look for that cookbook, sounds fantastic and the cupcakes look amazing!

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  28. Hubby is peering over my shoulder and has informed me that i HAVE ti make them lol

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  29. These look amazing Jo! I bet they tasted fab too. :-) xx

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  30. Oh my, these look truly amazing. The recipe book sounds right up my street, will have to look out for that one! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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    1. Thanks Kate, glad you like it and thanks for Tried and Tested, a great linky for reviews.

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  31. These look delicious! Looks like a great book! X

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  32. Ooooooh wow!! Those look AMAZING! Even though I'm full of cold and everything tastes of bleugh, I could TOTALLY eat a couple of those right now....! Chocolate & tea fix everything, right?

    Thanks for linking up to Homemade Thursday! These look so yummy!

    xxx

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  33. wow these look so amazing! I love a good cupcake!!

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  34. I love cocktails and cupcakes so this would be perfect for me ;) The recipe looks easy to follow too which is always a bonus! x

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  35. Cake and cocktails - perfect!
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
    x

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  36. I like cook books with pretty pictures... they always make me want to try the recipe

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  37. Those cakes look lovely - might have a go with the kids later on. (Might try a cocktail once they're in bed too!)

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  38. Mmmmm, they look so good. I'm trying to reduce my chocolate intake a little but if they were in front of me right now I'd eat the lot! Thanks for joining in with #recipeoftheweek. I've Pinned and Tweeted this post and there's a fresh linky live now. You might have already popped over but if not, please do!

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  39. Two of my favourite things - cake and cocktails - what's not to love about that book! Think I'll add it to the list!

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  40. How fab two of my favourite things!
    Felicity kelly

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