I got a muffin pan at the back of my cupboard and two boys who love bread and sweets. I thought, hey, maybe I can bake.
I Googled ‘simple vanilla cupcake’ and followed the first link I saw. Flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, mix ’em and then pop inside the oven – pretty straightforward, right? WRONG.
The first step was to “cream” the sugar and butter. I melted the butter and mixed it with the sugar. And it did NOT “cream.” Creaming, as it turns out, already needs a mixer. It also requires the butter to be at room temperature and not melted. I just wasted the ingredients I have on hand. I made Mark go out out to buy sugar and butter and with a lot of arm power, I was able to get the light and fluffy texture the recipe called for.
Next I had to mix in vanilla extract, milk and eggs. That was easy enough. Then I heated the oven and put the mixture inside the muffin pan and baked for 20 minutes. I was able to make 12 cupcakes, although the recipe said 20-24 cupcakes.
Enzo couldn’t wait for the frosting anymore, so he ate one. He told me my cupcake tasted better than his favorite carrot cake. I think I died and went to heaven. Mark also ate one and told me it tasted great.
Now, the frosting. I Googled “easy vanilla frosting” and again clicked on the first link. It required me to use powdered sugar, milk and butter. I didn’t have powdered sugar so I mixed sugar with flour (I used my friend Google again) Now I don’t know if this is where I went wrong or if it was because I didn’t have a mixer, but it wasn’t as light as I wanted it to turn out. After an hour of mixing, it did become fluffy-ish, but not as creamy as the ones we buy. I decided to frost only half of the cupcakes and leave the other half alone.
Enzo’s already asleep, but Mark’s currently eating them. He says the frosting tastes good, too. But he likes everything I cook, so I’ll wait for Enzo’s opinion tomorrow.
Next time, I’ll make chocolate cupcakes. And yes, I already ordered a hand mixer from Lazada. Hand mixing takes a LOT of time, even (especially) when your well-meaning toddler decided you should take turns (“I’m waiting for my turn to mix.” and “Can I mix now? I think its my turn NOW.”) to use the whip.
The cupcakes were soft and moist, and sweet. I’m actually surprised they turned out well. Heh.
On another note, I’ve also started preparing a weekly menu and I’ve tried cooking different recipes to make E eat vegetables. So far, he and Mark have liked everything I make. Maybe I’ll also write about those soon. 🙂