When you have a recipe that calls for cocoa but you want to substitute carob powder instead it is 1 part cocoa to 2 1/2 parts carob powder according to the information I found online. I thought that would make too much carob powder, so for 3/4 cup cocoa we substituted 1 1/2 cups carob powder.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups carob powder or 3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used organic unbleached)
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups palm sugar
3 large eggs, room temp.
1 cup sour cream, room temp.
1/4 cup milk (after adding the carob powder the dough was too thick so I added this milk)
2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
3. Divide the batter evenly among prepared cups, filling each 3/4 way full.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes for regular cupcakes. Jumbo cupcakes 25 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 5 minutes. Turn out to cool.
4. Transfer filling to large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag, and twist bag to remove excess air before sealing. Snip off one corner of the bag to make a 1/4 inch opening or use tip #8.
We also made Italian Meringue Buttercream, you can get my recipe here: http://missyscakesandaprons.blogspot.com/2011/08/italian-meringue-buttercream.html
Ashleigh got to separate the egg whites for the IMBC.
We made sunflowers from the book What's Up Cupcake?, but we used carob chips for the center instead of Oreo cookies.
We used a leaf tip for the petals. For their first time decorating, they did a great job!
They had a lot of cupcakes to decorate and got bored with the sunflowers after a while so I just let them play for a while.
Here are Ashleigh's cupcakes
Next week we will be learning how to make carrot cake, thot not buttercream and fondant.