Wanted to make these babies for a long time now! And let me tell you these taste every bit as good as they look. My only regret was that the royal icing turned a little bit more runny than I would have liked, but for the first timer like me I think it was ok. Royal icing is a hard white icing, usually made from softly beaten eggwhites, powdered sugar and lemon or lime juice. The recipe for the royal icing I have tried here is something I saw on TLC. I have used sugar syrup instead of powdered sugar.
For the cake batter. Beat the oil and sugar. Beat the eggs separately and add to the oil and sugar mixture and beat again. Sieve the maida and baking powder atleast twice. Now gently fold the maida gradually in the liquid mixture.
Add the vanilla essence and mix. Pour the batter in small cupcakes mold and bake at 180 degrees for 25 mins. or till done. Remove when baked and cool.
For the icing.Beat the egg whites till soft peak form. Make sugar syrup using 1 1/2 cup of sugar+1/2 cup water. Remove from heat before it reaches one string consistency. Pour in the lemon juice. Stir and keep aside.
Gradually add the sugar syrup to the egg whites all the while beating. This is a little tricky. The sugar syrup should be hot but not boiling and you need to keep the beater on while adding the syrup to the egg whites. Keep beating till stiff peaks
Frosting takes about 10 mins to use up the sugar syrup. The icing will turn dazzling white and beautiful.
Cool the icing a little and then frost the cupcakes. You can also add different colors to the icing. Decorate the cup cakes with colorful vermicelli or any other colorful toppings.
Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.
I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.
I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.
Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.
Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.
Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.
She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.
Most of us Ubanites have this new found love for a space that’ll give us some “space”..Literally!
A place outside the boundaries of your home or workplace where you can be alone or with your friends and not be bothered with the hovering staff to take your order, execute and slap a bill and wait for you to empty space. I love my personal space and I’m very protective about it. So when the saturation sets in, ( being a mom to two naughty boys, I need to reset myself very often) I head to a nearby cafe just alone or with my bestie to spend next few hours in peace.