December 20, 2009

Chocolate Cupcake filled with Strawberry Buttercream



All along, I waited for that day to come just because I wanted to apply for a Canadian passport, so I could go to the States whenever I want without worrying my temporary visa was expired or not.

I thought everyone had the same mindset, until I attended the Canadian Citizenship Oath Ceremony on December 17, 2009.

"......Finland, Russia, Turkey, Philippines, Israel, Ecuador, Vietnam......people from around the world have chosen to leave their families, friends, careers, birth places to come to Canada, a nation with the tradition for the protection of its people all over the world......" said the Citizenship judge.

My four years stay in Canada as an immigrant qualifies myself for Canadian citizenship! That alone is generous enough to show the giving ways of the nation of Canada. Over those year, I have realized the great ways of Canada is that Canada cares and is never hesitant to go the extra mile to defend people and humanity.

Having seen the joy of all those new Canadians at that ceremony, I felt the realization of a dream. I was actually unexpectedly emotional. I feel liberty to be a Canadian now.

(makes 12 cupcakes)
Ingredients:
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, soften
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease muffin tin or line with muffin liners.

In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. 

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla.

With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.

Pour batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 mins.

Cool in pan 5 mins, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Fill a pastry bag with strawberry buttercream. Push tip through bottom to fill each cupcake.

37 comments:

Viviane Bauquet Farre / Food and Style said...

Sinful, delicious, mouthwatering & absolutely gorgeous!

Angie's Recipes said...

mmmm...what a great chocolate indulgence! The picture looks excellent.

Renata said...

What a beutiful picture lulu! They are certainly delish!

Fun said...

so u can now compete Miss Canada!!!

Olive said...

Yum-yum..I love chocolate and strawberries together, two of my fave ingredients..

penny aka jeroxie said...

I love surprises in cupcakes. YUM!

Anncoo said...

This is beautiful picture. Looks perfect.

Josephine said...

wowow.. the pic looks like a commercial!!! I love it.

CheapAppetite said...

Congratulations Lululu. I'm so happy for you. I am also looking forward to the day I become Canadians. Hopefully in March 2010. Chocolate cupcake looks great. I love the strawberry butter cream inside.

Cookin' Canuck said...

Congratulations on your newly-acquired citizenship. I hope that being a Canadian brings you much pride over the years. I love your photo of these cupcakes!

Heavenly Housewife said...

congrats on becoming a Canadian citizen daaaaaaaahling, wishing you lots of happiness there. I am happy when I look at that cupcake picture. How beautiful!

MaryMoh said...

Mmmmm....love these. I love all the thrill biting into them and getting the surprise of the strawberry cream. Thanks for sharing.

Buckeroomama said...

Num, num, num! I'll try making these over the holidays. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Congratulations on getting your Canadian citizenship. Did you have to sing O Canada? :)

TeenieCakes said...

Congratulations on your citizenship! Lovely photo of your cupcakes.

Tasty Trix said...

GREAT photo!!! Congrats on your Canadian citizenship!

Joy said...

uhm WOW! You have posted so many delicious desserts!!!! I love it, I think it is a must to have at least one dessert a day during the Holidays :) these chocolate cupcakes filled with strawberry buttercream just made me drool a little bit (very reminiscent to Homer Simpson from The Simpsons) heh heh heh and the pictures are beautiful. Happy Holidays to you and your beautiful family!!!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Congratulations on becoming a Canadian citizen! :)

The cupcakes look & sound awesome!

Have a great week!

wasabi prime said...

Congratulations, Canadian! What a wonderful experience to be fully welcomed by a country. I know you've lived there for a while, but they are a lucky nation to officially have you! And what a perfect recipe to celebrate!

Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free said...

Congratulations on becoming a Canadian citizen! I can tell how pleased you are, and I am so happy for you.

The cupcakes look like a perfect way to celebrate. I learned something new - how to full cupcakes from the bottom. I'm going to try that soon.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

How do you keep the cream from coming back outside the cupcake?

Kitchen M said...

Congrats! I never knew that you could obtain citizenship by living there for only four years!?
Your cupcakes are making me hungry! They look wonderful. :)

Fresh Local and Best said...

This cupcake looks magnificent, and speaks the quality of a baker you are.

Congrats on your citizenship. I had no idea that it only takes 4 years of residency to qualify you to be a citizen. Perhaps one day I'll become a Canadian too! :)

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Congrats on your citizenship! And boy, aren't you on a cupcake kick? These look delightful.

Paz said...

Congratulations! Great way to celebrate with these tasty-looking cupcakes. I love the look of the strawberry buttercream. Yum!

Paz

Simply Life said...

oh I love this picture...and these look amazing!!!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

These are beautiful! Congrats on Top 9 - well deserved! And welcome to Canada - it took me SEVEN years of work permits etc... to get my citizenship.

Divina Pe said...

Congratulations. Happy for your citizenship. I absolutely love the cupcakes. I think I need them right now as I remember that the Canadian embassy denied my PR visa. Can you send some please? :D

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

I stopped by because I was curious how to fill a cupcake with frosting and I read your incredible story. What a beautiful gift for this holiday season to become a Canadian citizen. Here's to our friends to the North! Cheers!

Tina Marie said...

Congrats and thanks for sharing that story. Now pass me one of those yummy cupcakes!!!

Patty said...

Congratulations! Hooray for your Canadian citizenship!!!! And what amazing cupcakes! The photo makes my mouth incredibly watery!!!

pigpigscorner said...

Nice click and congrats!!

ValleyWriter said...

Great photo!

Laura said...

That looks like the tastiest game of Jenga in the whole wide world!!! Amazing photo lulu, this are bookmarked to make in the New Year :)

Deepa G Joshi said...

Hey u Canadian ...these are sooo good..chocolates and strawberries..yum yum..:)

myblissfulbites said...

Congratulations! These cupcakes look like the perfect way to celebrate!

Magic of Spice said...

Great pic...They sound yummy!

Anne said...

WOW! Another great recipe...Thank you!!! I had to change it up a little due to my son's egg allergy but it turned out great. I posted a link back to your site. :)