Snow Mountain Cupcakes Posted by: | January 17, 2011
It’s been a crazy week. In fact, it’s been a crazy month ever since 2011 started. A business trip, 10 dance lessons and countless practices, 2 cold waves (6-8deg Celsius) has made this month a little difficult to get by. However, I did start it with a bang. On 1 Jan 2011, I baked these awesome cupcakes to welcome the new year with our big family. These Snow Mountain Chocolate Cupcakes recipe has been put together from various recipes. I love mixing and matching cupcake flavors. It’s like fashion! So the base is a rich, moist chocolate batter (from, while the beautiful meringue frosting is the classic “7 Minute Meringue Frosting”, beaten with zingy Orange-Mandarin zest (Orange always goes with Chocolate). The formula totally worked and was especially a hit with my cousins!

The frosting really makes the cupcakes look out of this world gorgeous, but do take note that these cupcakes are NOT good for transport. I learnt it the hard way. A smallest touch, and the beautiful peaks will be misshaped. So I had to carry the cupcakes on the cupcake stand all the way from my house to my Aunt’s house, carrying it like a slow time bomb, shouting at anybody that comes too near. Mental note: only make these pretty things for your own dinner parties at home where it can look pretty in a safe little corner.
Snow Mountain Chocolate Cupcakes
Cupcakes (adapted from Joy Of Baking)
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (240ml) boiling water
  • 1 1/3 cup  all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking power
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
7 minute meringue frosting (adapted from “Cupcakes!” by Elinor Klivans):
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of an orange or 2 small orange-mandarins
1. Stir cocoa powder with the boiling hot water in a small bowl until smooth, then leave to cool to room temperature. In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Beat the butter and sugar with a standing electric mixer or hand mixer until light and fluffy, for about 2 – 3 minutes. Scrape down the sugar that sticks to the sides of the bowl to mix well. Add one egg at a time into the mixture and beat until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract.
2. Add the flour mixture into the egg butter mixture and beat until incorporated. Then add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir until smooth. Fill each muffin cup until about 2/3 full with the batter.
3. Bake the cupcakes at 190 degrees C for about 16-20 minutes until risen and tooth pick inserted comes out dry. Leave on a wire rack to cool completely while you make the frosting.
4. Make the frosting: Put the sugar, water, egg whites and cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl and beat with a handheld electric mixer on highs peed until white and foamy (about 1 minute). Put the bowl over a pot of barely simmering water, be careful not to let the bowl touch the water. Beat on highspeed for about 7 minutes, until the meringue forms soft peaks when you lift up the beaters. Remove the bowl from the hot water, add the vanilla and orange zest, and continue beating for 2 minutes until the meringue thickens further. I had a good laugh when I saw the 2 holes formed in the frosting after I lifted up the beaters. Looks like the face of an alien from Mars, doesn’t it?
5. Use a thin metal spatula to spread a thick layer of frosting over the top of each cupcake. Dip the spatula gently into the frosting to make gentle swirls. This has got to be my favorite part of making these cupcakes. Let sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes or cover and chill before serving.


9 Responses to “Snow Mountain Cupcakes”

  1. Awww they look great! What a way to ring in the new year.

  2. Phuong says:

    wow they look really delicious. You took great photos too. I really hope you’ll post more often.

  3. Phuong says:

    I clicked submit then I realized I still had something else to say. Yea what I really love about cooking is it’s a lot like fashion (I’m also a fashion lover) in that you can be creative with the ingredients just like with the clothing items. It’s so much fun playing the mix and match game isn’t it?

  4. Chi Anh says:

    Phuong: it sure is fun to be creative. Every dish is a creation. A great dish is just like that little black dress: timeless and never out of style ;)

  5. Phuong says:

    what do u think about doing cooking videos on You tube? I’ve researched and there are very few videos about Vietnam cuisine in English and by Viet people out there. I’d totally support if u do that.

  6. Lan says:

    i totally understand about transporting beauties like these. what i like to do sometimes is do the actual frosting at the party… it’s fresher and sometimes it’s fun to have the hosts/guests join in the fun too. lovely pix.

  7. Ha says:

    wow. it looks so great! love the pix and the detail information the way you made it :) hope you will post more recipe often ^_^

  8. Giao says:

    Ta ngất, ta ko thích ăn bánh lắm nhưng nhìn thế này là muốn chén rồi! Có ngày nào đó mời ta cái.

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