… to bake!
I’d given up on baking. The last time I baked was a few months back when my cousin’s birthday came up. He would constantly remind me that I’d never cooked or baked anything for him and so I decided to bake him a batch of chocolate chip cookies for his birthday.
Unfortunately, that was a disaster! The cookies tasted horrible and they were as hard as rock; not to mention I burnt my fingers in the process. Since then I decided I should just give up on baking- I’d never really been too good at it. It’s too much of a science of measuring and being accurate unlike cooking in which you can improvise and always mix something or other into a failing dinner and salvage the dish!
But with new year coming up and my little bro being back in the country, (but mostly because I didn’t have anything for my Project 365) I figured I’d give it another shot. This time I looked for a reputable cook online and searched for a chocolate cupcake recipe. A bit of Google searching later I ended up at Martha Stewart’s website. She had a pretty simple cupcake recipe that I set out to whip up! Below is an almost blow by blow picture commentary.
This is post mixing butter and sugar till fluffy, and then adding eggs one by one and blitzing it all together. That’s followed by adding the dry ingredients of flour, baking powder and salt all shifted together into the first mixture while alternating with sour cream (which in my case was yogurt and flour ’cause sour cream isn’t available in Sri Lanka).
Popped into the oven- it only takes 20 mins to bake. They looked too plain though… so I decided to make some icing to dress them up. I love how chocolate and citrus flavours go so well with each other. So I decided to make a tangy orange icing.
That called for grating a bit of orange rind and adding it to some butter and icing sugar and mixing it up.
And once it’s ready- EAT THE YUMMYLICIOUS CUPCAKES!
For the original recipe click here.