As promised, I've been testing Sugar and Crumbs flavoured cocoa powder and icing sugar. In my last post the salted caramel- and coffee-flavoured icing went down a treat, so I was keen to test out the coconut-flavoured icing sugar, and use chocolate coconut cocoa powder instead of 'normal' cocoa powder in my usual cupcake recipe. It smelt so good! A real natural aroma. The flavour in the finished cupcakes was, well, coconuty, and really delicious, with just the right hint of coconut texture too. Much more subtle than a Bounty bar! It's such an easy way of adding flavour to your bakes, it's unbelievable that nobody has thought of it before.
For the icing, I tried both regular (coconut) buttercream, and also some coconut and lime glacé icing by adding the juice of a lime to the coconut icing sugar which made it zingy and totally more-ish. If you are a fan of Thai flavours, here is a sweet treat for you! The buttercream flavour was just right as well, and I was a little concerned that there would be a coconut overload with both the sponge and the icing flavoured (albeit naturally), and I think I may be right on that one, unless you are real coconut nut.
|Lime and Coconut Cupcakes|
Overall though, again, I can't fault it, the packaging, the intensity of flavours, and ease of use. At £2.99 for 125 g cocoa powder, it is of course pricier than your usual brands of your usual cocoa powder, but it's a great idea, and is worth having one in your store cupboard in your favourite flavour for spontaneous special bakes. The other flavours available are Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Chilli, Chocolate Lime and Chocolate Orange. I think I may have to invest in one of each...