Concept Chip Cookies: Liaison-Cakes

This and the delirium-cakes I made to celebrate the consultation-liaison boards a dozen of my colleagues took this week (mine are scheduled for October). The concept here is that when psychiatrists consult in the hospital we do more than leave a medication recommendation in the chart, we work with the primary team, providing a liaison service. Therefore the post-board exam period required a symbol of this aspect of our work. To represent liaising, I took two flavors that don’t go together (chocolate and curry) and used coconut to liaise between minis. Strangely enough, the curry cupcakes were my favorite, and if you don’t need the representational aspect you might just make those with this coconut frosting.

coconut chocolate minis

Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup instant espresso

Preparation

  • Whisk dry ingredients together
  • Beat wet ingredients together
  • Beat wet and dry together
  • Optional: Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Bake at 325 for 10-15 minutes

Curry

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pastry flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • splash of homemade vanilla extract

Preparation

  • Whisk dry ingredients together
  • Beat wet ingredients together
  • Beat wet and dry mixes together
  • Bake at 350 for 10 minutes for minis (15-20 minutes for full sized cupcakes)

Icing

Ingredients

  • 1 can non-homogenized (aka no “stabilizers”) coconut milk
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch salt

Preparation

  • Skim the fat from the coconut liquids, and strain the liquid to collect any remaining fat. The liquid portion can be discarded or used for other purposes; the fat is needed here.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the coconut fat, butter, sugar and salt together
  • Ice cupcakes
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