Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thandai Flavoured Eggless Blue Velvet Cupcakes

The Thandai Flavoured Blue Velvet Cupcakes

Thandai is an instant flavouring given to milk in summers in India. The season of Thandai starts with Holi. There are numbers of ready to use Thandai Powder, wet paste available in market. Just add the Thandai powder/ paste to milk Stir and voila your glass of heavenly tasting Thandai is ready...:) 

Thandai is basically made with nuts like almonds, pistachio, Pune nuts and spices like black pepper, fennel seeds, saffron, rose petals, cardamom and many other things. This Holi I thought of doing some fission with this awesome flavour of Thandai. Fortunately I had this ready to,use Thandai powder, sent by mom of course...:D 

After lot of thought is mousse, cheesecake and a regular sponge cake.. A thought of making cup cakes striked my mind...mother, though why not to give it a different colour as well. I had an awesome cool blue colour in my pantry so, used it and baked my first ever experiment of Thandai Flavoured Blue Cupcakes...

If you like the rustic flavour of nuts you will adore these cup cakes!! If you like a hint of spice with Sugar to your desserts you will loved these cupcakes!!!  And if you are fan of colourful and gorgeous looking food just like me, you will defiantly try these cupcakes....:) :D

So let's start with the ingredients first followed by the method....

Ingredients ( this will yield approx. 8 regular size Cup Cakes)
- 1/4 cup,Thandai powder
- 1/4 cup milk + few tbsp as required
- 1.5 tbsp of vinegar
- 3/4 cup plain flour/ Maida
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup oil ( I have used vegetable oils, any non flavoured oil can be used) 
-  Few drops of blue colour ( optional)

1. In a small bowl take milk and add vinegar. Leave this aside for at least 7-8 minutes.
2. Take a big bowl add in oil and sugar. Mix with a beater, blender or a hand whisk till sugar is dissolved.
3. To this mixture add Thandai powder slowly and beat till it is incorporated with oil and sugar mix.
4. Once done, add the milk and vintage mix to the bowl and stir.
5. In a separate bowl sieve together flour,baking powder and baking soda.
6. Add the flour mix to the wet ingredient bowl in 2 batches and mix nicely.
7. Once the mixture is ready make sure not to over beat/ over mix the batter.
8. To finish the batter you can add few drop to receive the required Blue colour for the cupcakes.
9. Transfer the batter in cup cake mould, and ensure to fill only 3/4 of the mould with batter. As, these cup cakes will rise a lot.
20. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 15- 20 minutes till the toothpick comes clean.

You cupcakes with Thandai flavour are ready to enjoy...:) 

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