Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Saffron Almond Pistachio Cupcakes

My Celebration of Indian Tri-Color !!!

I had been thinking of baking something for an occasion, and what better occasion than 26 January , 62nd Republic Day of India. So this post is my dedication to the Indian Tri-Color.

Three Distinct Flavors, go really well with the colors for the occasion.

Tri-color is made up of Saffron (denotes strength and courage), White (in the centre is light, the path of truth) & Green (is for growth and auspiciousness of the land).
Ingredients for Cupcake:
All purpose flour: 1 cup
Sugar: 1/2 cup
Baking Powder: 1tsp
Baking Soda: 1/2 tsp
Orange zest : 1 tsp
Eggs: 2
Butter: 1/4 cup or Margarine
Milk: 1/2 cup
Saffron: 1 tsp, dissolved in milk and  few strands for garnishing
Almonds: 1/4 cup, coarsely ground and few for garnishing
Pistachio: 1/4, coarsely ground and few for garnishing

Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line the standard muffin pan with the paper liners.
In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients - flour, sugar and baking powder, baking soda.
Stir saffron strands in warm milk and set aside.
In another bowl whisk eggs, butter and milk, until fluffy.
Gently fold the wet ingredients in the dry ingredients to make smooth batter.
Divide the batter into three bowls.
To make Saffron cupcakes, add orange zest and saffron diluted in the milk to this mix.
To make Almond cupcakes, add coarsely chopped almonds to the mix and lastly for Pistachio cupcakes, add chopped pistachio.
Fill each muffin cup with 2/3 rd batter.
Bake the cupcakes for approximately 20 minutes until they are golden brown and fork inserted comes out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool down before doing any icing/decorations.

For Icing:
Confectioners Sugar: 1cup
Butter: 1/4 cup
Vanilla extract: 1/2 tsp
Milk: 1tsp
Whisk sugar and butter with blender. Add vanilla and milk and give a quick churn until smooth and of spreading consistency. Else can also use ready to use frostings available at supermarkets.
For Saffron Cupcake, mix few strands of saffron to the frosting to get glowing yellow cupcakes.
For Almond cupcakes, mix chopped almonds to the frosting to get silky white cupcakes.
For Pistachio cupcakes, mix  chopped pistachios to the frosting  to make green delectable cupcakes.

Saffron                                White                              Green

Click Here for Printable Recipe - My Creative Flavors

Enjoy cupcakes from My Creative Flavors...!

Enjoy the cupcakes with your favorite coffee or Green tea!

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  1. Amazing...your true Indian Spirit is revealed through these cuppy cakes whick simply look finger luscious....gonna try for sure

  2. Excellent presentation...seems equally delicious!!!

  3. Thank you Shruti and Hind for appreciating comments !

  4. These look so lovely! The three colors are perfect together, and the flavors sound divine.

  5. Sonia,
    Saffron, almond, pistachio muffins sounds so yummy... I just need to find a suitable egg substitute to make...

  6. @ Pam, I adore your comments !

    @ Lisa, Yeah the flavors were different and festive. Thanks for the remarks !

    @ Radhika, Its always great to hear your expert comments. You can follow the eggless cake/cupcake recipe and add chopped nuts for added flavour and natural colors.

  7. Very nice cuppies and presentation. All you have to do is link to the even roundup page.
    and let me know when it is done. I will include it in next week's roundup. Thanks.

  8. What a lovely dedication! Only problem with having three cupcake flavours is that all three would need to be "taste-tested" ;) Very pretty!

  9. those cupcakes sound delicious! what a wonderful combination of flavors, I would never have thought of using saffron!
    Welcome to foodbuzz

  10. @ Bangalore Bakers, Agnes, Chef Dennis - Thank you so much for the appreciating words. It means a lot for me as coming from rocking bloggers like you... !

  11. This recipe is divine. I have all the ingredients and will be making this today. Beautiful blog!

  12. nice cupcakes..
    cupcakes is the current raze among
    splendid and stylish photographs


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