Raspberry Almond Cupcakes

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Delicious raspberry almond cupcake

Delicious raspberry almond cupcake

I am just thrilled that I am able to do some simple baking even while on crutches. My girl helped me……so happy. My girls know I will be bored if I’m not allowed into the kitchen. Then I will get ambitious and they will get headache…haha. They also know how clumsy I am when moving around on my crutches. That’s because I want to move fast. That sure sounds silly but I thought I can manage well. But then I fell down one day and hurt myself quite badly. Received a lot of lectures from my family……oooops! But luckily I didn’t really hurt my injured leg. A big lesson learned. Now I am more careful. I have learned to be slow and steady and more ladylike……*grin*.

When I insisted that I want to do baking, my girl had to give in. Yay…I won…..*big smiles*. She was there to help me. This cake requires processor and I need some help. The recipe is actually very simple.

I once went to a lady’s potluck lunch and an Austrian friend brought a very delicious cake. The cake was harder and drier than normal cakes but the texture and flavour was just beautiful. I often thought that cakes have to be soft and moist. But how wrong! In fact I ate 3 slices of the cake…so delicious. I often thought about that cake. I was told that it was called a pastry cake. On googling, I couldn’t find anything like that.

A delicious slice of rhubarb pie

A delicious slice of rhubarb pie

Then the other week, a friend came by with a freshly baked rhubarb pie. That was really delicious. I thought the pie filling tasted quite like that cake brought by the Austrian friend. My friend said that she added almond powder into the pie batter. Oooooh….that could be the trick to make a harder cake. I was so excited to try.

Delicious raspberry almond cupcake

Delicious raspberry almond cupcake

Finally I did. It’s not there yet but very close. I am rather happy with my version but will definitely try again. My family likes this raspberry almond cupcake very much.

Here’s my Raspberry Almond Cake recipe. I made 12 pieces.

Ingredients A
1C almond powder
1C spelt flour
1/2C sugar
125g butter
1t baking powder
1t vanilla essence

Put Ingredients A into a processor and process until like bread crumbs.

Ingredients B
2 eggs
smooth raspberry jam

Raspberry almond cupcake batter

Raspberry almond cupcake batter

Break the 2 eggs into the butter mixture. Process until well mixed. the batter is thicker than cake batter.

Fill half of cupcake case with batter

Fill half of cupcake case with batter

Line a cupcake tin with cupcake cases. Scoop the batter into the cupcake cases until half full.

Add raspberry jam to batter

Add raspberry jam to batter

Add a scoop of raspberry jam. More or less is up to your preference.  I’m sure you can use other jams too. But I thought the raspberry jam gives the cupcakes a lovely taste and also colour contrast.

Top up with batter

Top up with batter

Scoop more batter to cover the jam.

Baked raspberry almond cupcake

Baked raspberry almond cupcake

Bake in a preheated oven of 200 degrees Celsius for about 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. It’s very delicious served hot or at room temperature. I find that it is just as delicious the next day. I love it with a cup of milk.

You can use normal flour or normal sugar if you like. But for better health benefits, use spelt flour and unrefined organic sugar.

Quote of the day……

“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”

- Anthony Robbins

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suituapui  on June 21st, 2012

Looks good. Sigh! I’ve yet to try my hand at baking - probably will never get down to it…but I do wish I could. Love cakes, rich nice ones that are worth the calories… Yummm!!!! LOL!!!

claire  on June 21st, 2012

Mary! Gosh.. i didnt know u are on crutches! I better turn back your posts to catch up why… sorry to hear that.. but then reading this post shows that you are as active as ever… so it isn’t anything serious, is it? OK, I am going to read your older posts now… and I better add you back to my blogroll which has gone missing by accident! :)

Belinda @zomppa  on June 21st, 2012

Ooooooo with almonds. Love this combination!

Mary  on June 21st, 2012

@suituapui - You have been trying for too long, Arthur?…haha. I’m still waiting to see your first batch of cake! Looks like you are waiting to make a very rich chocolate cake :D

@claire - Haha…trying to play badminton like our Datuk Lee Ching Wei! But I got worse injuries than him :( being active all the time, it’s been hard having to stay in and rest my leg. So glad I can still hope around on my crutches and do some simple baking and cooking with some help around :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! :D

peteformation  on June 21st, 2012

Wah, this one good for my afternoon tea…yum!

TasteHongKong  on June 21st, 2012

Mary, Hope you have a speedy recovery after eating these almond cupcakes (I suppose they are nutrition-packed :)).
If possible, I’d love to use spelt flour and organic sugar too.

Juliana  on June 21st, 2012

Yummie! These cupcakes look great…I love the combination of almond and raspberries…I would love to have one with my coffee.
Hope you are recovering well my dear :)

Mary  on June 21st, 2012

@peteformation - Time that you make so that you can have a lovely afternoon tea :D

@TasteHongKong - Yes, these cupcakes brought smiles to me. True labour of love….haha :D

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! Yes, I’m recovering well :D

clauda @Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine  on June 21st, 2012

Brilliant love how this all comes together!

Katerina  on June 21st, 2012

These are beautiful little cakes Mary and I suspect packed with flavor! So lucky to have your girls help you on this while recovering! Family is everything!

somewhere in singapore  on June 21st, 2012

I can even smell the nice nice smell from the pie and cupcakes in Singapore, wkakakaka….

rebecca  on June 21st, 2012

these look great hope you back on your feet soon sweet Mary

Jeannie  on June 22nd, 2012

I love the smell of cakes baked with almond flour, taste wonderful too, lucky you have a helper huh! Hope you get well soon and have a good weekend:)

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on June 22nd, 2012

Both muffins and cakes look very moist and delicious.

skip to malou  on June 22nd, 2012

im glad you are in your “space” aka kitchen and do some baking. i imagine you with your crutches tho… take it easy my friend, but glad to note that it’s healing slooowly!
this moist cupcake is definitely a good reason to be “crutching” (standing) by the oven haha.
happy weekend!

Mistletoe  on June 23rd, 2012

“More lady like” hahaha!! You’re so cute! How about more kid like? I can lend you one of my kiddies’ wagons and your girl can pull you around in it. Or you can use your crutches. Teehee. And I didn’t know cake was supposed to be “soft and noisy”. Lol! Are your cakes screaming at you not to eat them? :O :P I’m assuming you meant moist, my dear, not noisy? Either way, this sounds like a great recipe. I love that you’re always looking for healthier ways to bake things. Would love 1 or 10 of those right now. Teehee. :D All joking aside, please do take good care of yourself. Do be more lady like. Haha.

Cheah  on June 23rd, 2012

Yes they must taste real yummy especially with the raspberry jam!

Blackswan  on June 23rd, 2012

U’re amazing, Mary! Even tho’ I’m not in clutches, I can never bake such lovely stuff. Lol! Hats off to u, my dear!

Mary  on June 23rd, 2012

@clauda @Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine - Thanks very much, Claudia! :D

@Katerina - Thanks very much, Katerina! Totally agree with you…family is everything. I sure can’t live without them :D

@somewhere in singapore - Wow….you sure have super super nose…haha :D

@rebecca - Thanks very much, Rebecca! :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! Yes, everyone at home have become my helper now…haha. They have been awesome helpers :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@skip to malou - Haha…slow and steady in my kitchen but worth every bit of effort. I need to bake more :D

@Mistletoe - Wait, when I am off my crutches, I will sure be kid like! :D You can send over the kids wagon now. By the time it reaches here, I will be able to use it…hehe. Oh dear, this terrible auto correct again….sigh. Thanks very much for pointing that out I have corrected it. Come and I’ll make a big batch for u! :D

@Cheah - Yes, very delicious indeed! :D

@Blackswan - Have to try and kill my time through baking. It’s no joke trying to do stuff standing on one leg. But yay….I did it….so happy. Shirley, i think you don’t bake a lot but you are amazing in your cooking…very creative too. you make me drool all the time :D

torviewtoronto  on June 23rd, 2012

cupcakes look wonderful

kitchen flavours  on June 24th, 2012

Lovely cupcakes! Being on crutches certainly does not keep you in one spot! Good for you!
Hope your leg gets back to full recovery soon! :)

kristy  on June 26th, 2012

Frankly, I can’t even sit still if I were you. haha…. Can’t live without doing anything at all the whole day. We are such stupid ladies huh! Don’t really know how to enjoy ourselves. haha…

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