“Big Hero 6” Sweet Table – Toffifee-Cupcake

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CollageI am a huge fan of Disney and animation movies.

I have seen every single Disney movie in theaters for as long as I can remember (no exceptions!). There is only one non-animation movie on my “Top 10 of favourite movies”-list. I can easily beat anyone in Trivial Pursuit Disney and I can name the corresponding movie and sing along to almost all major Disney songs. 🙂 In 2012, when Lorax came out, I simply had to buy the DVD during my America-trip (it can’t be played on European DVD-players or playstations or computers – I tried:-() and I forced my boyfriend to bring a copy from his visit to South-Africa too – withbthe special edition, I now own 3 different copies of the movie. 😀

I have always wanted to do a Sweet Table with an animation movie theme and I finally used the movie “Big hero 6” as an opportunity to do so. I can now proudly present to you my Tofifee Cupcakes, Everything Coconut Cake and marshmallow figures in the style of the robot from the movie, “Baymax”! 😀

I would like to start with these cute “Baymax”-Toffifee Cupcakes:

IMG_3522The cupcake consists of a chocolate hazelnut spongIMG_3540e with a Toffifee hidden in the middle and Caramel Buttercream Frosting on top.

Let’s start baking!

For the batter (makes ca. 12 cupcakes) you will need:

  • 100g sugar

    IMG_3360 eng
    Somehow the buttermilk is missing in the picture… 😦
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, M
  • A pinch of salt
  • 100g buttermilk
  • 70g flour
  • 50g hazelnuts, ground
  • 20g cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 5g baking powder
  • 100g milk chocolate, melted
  • 12 Toffifee

Once you have all the ingredients and equipment ready, turn your oven to 350°Fahrenheit/180°Celsius air circulation (390°Fahrenheit/200°Celsius bottom and top heat) and position 12 muffin liners in your baking tray.

First, divide the ingredients into 4 bowls as follows:

  1. Add the butter and sugar to one bowl.
  2. Combine eggs, salt and buttermilk in a second bowl.
  3. In the third bowl, carfeully blend flour, ground hazelnuts, cocoa and baking powder.
  4. Melt the chcocolate in the fourth bowl.

Now use an elextric whisk to cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Lightly whisk your eggs and add to the butter mixture. Stir well! Then add the flour mixture to your butter mixture and stir again. Lastly, add the molten chocolate and mix until the batter is smooth.

IMG_3361Fill your muffin liners until two-thirds full and bake for approx. 20 minutes. They are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean (a few crumbs are ok).

For the Caramel Syrup (optional!) you will need:

  • 90ml water
  • 90g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

IMG_3376Combine 40ml water and the sugar in a pot and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally! Once the syrup is of an amber color, remove the pot from the heat and cautiously add the remaining water. Put the pot back on the heat and stir until the mixture turns into a syrup. Set aside! Allow the syrup to cool and stir in the vanilla.

Generously brush the cupcakes with the syrup while they are still warm!

For the “Baymax” Fondant Toppers you will need:

  • 100g white fondant
  • black food coloring pen (or Royal Icing or chocolate)

IMG_3386Knead the fondant until soft and roll out with a silicone rolling pin or a pasta machine. Use a round cookie cutter (approx. the diameter of your cupcake or slightly bigger) to cut out 12 circles. Use a rolling pin to bring your circles into a slight oval shape (Baymax’s head is oval) and allow to baymax kopfdry for a bit. Lastly, draw the face (2 black ovals with a thin line connecting them) onto the fondant ovals using food coloring.

Allow the toppers to dry for a few hours.

Tip: Make in advance!

For the Swiss Meringue Buttercream you will need:

  • 220g sugar IMG_3402 eng
  • 80g water
  • 80g heavy cream
  • 3 egg whites, M
  • 200g butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

!Attention!: Preparation requires a powerful electric whisk plus strong electric whisk handler 😉 or a stand mixer.

First, we produce a thick caramel syrup that will give our buttercream the rich caramel flavour.:

Combine 2/3 of the sugar (150g) and the water in a pot and put it on the stove. Boil until the mixture is of an amber color. Add the heavy cream and stir until well-combined.

IMG_3406Now it’s time to make the buttercream:

Using a double boiler, slowly bring your 3 egg whites and remaining sugar to 60°C/140°Fahrenheit. Lightly stir with an egg beater! As soon as the mixture is hot to the touch and there are no sugar granules left (rub mixture bewteen two fingers to test), transfer the mixture to your stand mixer.

Beat the mixture on high until the bowl does not feel hot anymore and the egg whites are super stiff (ca. 5-8 Minuten).

IMG_3415Now add the softened butter, which should be as cool as possible (hot butter=runny buttercream), to the beaten egg whites one bit at a time. Mixing well in between. It is completely normal for the Italian Buttercream to flake and crumble temporary and look like Ricotta – just keep on beating!

Once all the butter has been added and the mixture is smooth again, add the vanilla extract and the caramel syrup. Once again, beat until smooth!

Spread the buttercream on top of your completely cooled cupcakes using a spatula and position one of your fondant toppers on each, pressing lightly.

Done!

IMG_3519This was my very first attempt of making Swiss Meringue Buttercream. It is lighter and less sweet than American Buttercream. The texture is described as velvety and smooth – to me, however, it fells soapy. :-/ Furthermore, the preparation is much more elaborate (especially, if you do not have a stand mixer).

I am not too excited about this buttercream. Admittedly, you do not feel the soapy texture when you eat it on top of a cupcake, but I still don’t like the taste of it much anyway. I will stick to my normal American Buttercream for now and try out the other buttercreams soon in comparison (German and French).

Go ahead and see for yourself which one you prefer, and don’t forget to let me know!

ALTERNATIVE: For the American Buttercream you will need:

  • 150g butter, softened
  • 250g powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp Dulce de Leche

You can either use ready-bought Dulce de Leche (so easy!) or make the caramel syrup as in the recipe above.

Cream butter and sifted sugar until light and fluffy, then add the vanilla an the caramel. Stir until smooth!

Have a baketastic baking day,

Your Backdirndl

 

 

REVIEW: Last Friday (6.2.2015), my boyfriend and I finally got to see “Big hero 6” at the movies. I’d seen the trailer over a year ago and had been excited to see it every since…

kartenWe sneaked our “Baymax” Toffifee Cupcakes and Marshmallow “Baymaxes” in to the movie hall in my handbag, each carying popcorn and drinks (just to be on the safe side – we didn’t want to run out of snacks :-D) in our hands!

The short movie “Feast” was already very cute. It’s about a Boston Terrier that overcomes his love for tasty food to porve his loyalty to his owner. I think I can predict that Boston Terrier Breeders will have no problems selling their pups in 2015! ❤

Back to business:

In the beginning, “Big hero 6” is a little bit too sad for my tasting and it is quite difficult to put oneself in the main figure’s shoes, because Hiro Hamada, a 14-year-old Asian super brain who visits university at the age of 14, is not exactly like most of us. However, with the appearance of the cuddly robot Baymax the movie hits it right off. Extremely humorous (Fistbump – “Balalalala….”), the movie offers a suprise turn in the middle and a somewhat unexpected ending.

I am thrilled – some of the jokes still make me giggle and the fistbump has turned into a running gag between my boyfriend and me.

It is true that the characters are rather underdeveloped and the moral of the story is a bit boring (“Heal, don’t Harm!”), but I like that the movie focuses so much on Baymax and his jokes are hilarious.

At the end, the movie basically promises a sequal and that makes me hope for “Big hero 6 – 2” in 2016.

Conclusion: Lovable and funny – “Big hero 6” is sure to delight and amuse the whole family (even the teenagers)!

4 of 5 fistbumps

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