Posts Tagged ‘cupcakes’
Let me give you a glimpse into my highly structured and regimented life. Every night I come home and spend a good hour or so perusing my Google Reader feeds. It’s my equivalent to reading the morning paper. My Google Reader is organized into topics like: kstuff (for my kdrama and kpop addiction), pstuff (Mabuhay!), funnies (Milk Toof and FML go here), and food (duh) – among others.
One night I came home to a post from Cupcakes Take the Cake about cupcakes in Singapore. See now this is important because I am oven-less and cannot bake my own cupcakes. On top of that I’ve bought cupcakes in Singapore before and they were not tasty. Nuh uh. They were dry with exorbitant amounts of frosting. They were worse than Safeway cupcakes.
But the cupcake on Cupcakes Take the Cake did not look dry. They looked moist and delicious. Further to that, lo and behold, the place in question is located one block from the office. The hell? Let’s fix this cupcake-less life shall we?
I have three younger brothers. Three of ’em. I’m the only girl and therefore my dad’s favorite daughter. Being the oldest and having only stupid boys running around also means I have bossy tendencies. I can assure you that it was a necessity. We can’t have little brothers running amok can we?
The age gap between my brothers and I is big enough so that I can spoil them (read: me and the youngest are 10.5 years apart). The middle one’s birthday is the day before Halloween. This means that when I was 8 he messed up my Halloween because my dad made me and Brother #1 visit him in the hospital. Something about ‘being born’ or whatever. All we got that year were 2 lollipops and some tootsie rolls. Fail.
Back to spoiling. Brother #2 turned 20 this year and like all of us under the Scorpio sign, he is plagued with the high possibility of midterms on his birthday. In addition to this, he’s currently a CS major which makes life, like, 80x worse. (Until, of course, you get your degree, make lots of money, and then push little people such as myself around.) I’m rambling more than usual today.
With the help of Facebook, I tracked down someone that looked like a good friend (shout out to Jeff for his help!). After some pondering over flavors and some trouble with the dorm address, I successfully ordered 1 dozen cupcakes to be delivered on his birthday (post-midterm, obvs). Good Friend Jeff had to pick them up to sneak them into Chris’s room which he did with Bond-like stealth. I have to give props to Good Friend Jeff because I messaged him out of the blue, he had never met me before, and I had all kinds of weird requests for him. (Can I give the cupcakery your cell phone number??)
I ordered the dozen from Cupcake Culture, a bakery in San Diego (Brother #2 goes to UCSD). I picked a split dozen of Strawberry Blondes (strawberry cake, lemon buttercream, fresh strawberry slice) and Morning Sunshine (dark chocolate coffee cake, chocolate buttercream, chocolate covered espresso bean). The entire thing cost a very reasonable USD35 – delivery included. They even piped a Happy Birthday message on top with no extra charge. (If you’re wondering about the message, ateh = older sister in Filipino.) I also only had to order 2-3 days in advance. Payment was easy, the staff was great, and the cupcakes (per the brother) were delicious.
I figured that college kids need a little more than cupcakes for sustenance. I know this because I look upon my college days with the memory of the Freshmen 15 that I gained. Why stop at cupcakes? Why not take this party all the way to town?
Did you know you can order Domino’s Pizza online? Did you know that you could pre-order it so that it arrives at a specific time? Did you know you can get 2 pizzas, breadsticks, and chicken wing thingies plus a 2L of orange soda for USD30? Well, you can.
Oh man, I miss pizza. The toughie with pizza delivery is that you have to have the credit card used for payment ready during the delivery. I worked this out though so no worries.
The point of this post is that: 1) pizza and cupcakes are yummy, 2) this is a fast, relatively stress free gift for people who are living abroad but don’t want to send flowers or a fruit basket, and 3) I’m not good at a lot of things but I’m good at being a sister.
My brother posted this picture on his Facebook post-birthday surprise.
Halloween birthdays are funny. hehehehe
I tried to send cupcakes to Brother #1 and #3 but there are no such delivery mechanisms in Hanford. Don’t be sad for them, there are plenty of cupcake times ahead for us.
I can’t believe this is my 100th post! According to WordPress it is so I guess I have to believe it. I’m pretty surprised with myself as I kinda thought that I would start this and then abandon it in a month or two. I think it helps that I’ve been doing a lot of traveling, I love eating, and I have friends that also love eating. I don’t have any fancy visitor tracking, but WordPress does tell me how people get to my blog. It looks like I get the most traffic from search results. It’s fun to see the random searches that made their way over. Stuff like ‘bean noodles witch yoo hee’ (which I have a perfect post about!), ‘plaza premium lounge airport’ (which I stayed at a few months ago), and ‘recipe for belly buttons dessert’ (wth is this?).
To celebrate this big milestone, a cupcake for me and a cupcake for you. 🙂
I made this awhile back but have yet to post about it. It’s your regular, run of the mill chocolate cake mix with homemade peanut butter frosting/glaze. Decorated of course with chocolate sprinkles. I used this recipe from Baking Bites. The only change I made was that I only used 1 1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar and I ended up using 1% milk since that’s what I have in my fridge. I also don’t have an electric mixer so I couldn’t get the frosting fluffy. It turned out more of a glaze than a frosting which is a-ok for me. You have to put the sprinkles on right after you put the frosting on. Otherwise they won’t stick.
So this is what I wanted to cook when I whipped up the rice krispy treats instead. Aimed with the necessary eggs (which I was missing last time), I was finally able to try my hand at the nutella cupcakes. I got the recipe from she bakes & she cooks and followed it to a T.
The batter was surprisingly thick. Thinking that I didn’t want them to be crazy sweet I only dropped about 1 tsp of Nutella into each cupcake. They fell a bit after I took them out of the oven but overall the results were delicious. A light vanilla based cupcake with little surprises of Nutella mixed in. Easy to make – just don’t get discouraged if the butter, sugar, and eggs that you start with are lumpy and not too promising. Things clear up considerably after you mix in the sifted flour.
I brought these into work last week. I had this vision of baby blue cupcakes in white cupcake liners and some sprinkles. Apparently, cream cheese frosting doesn’t take on color in the same way as buttercream frosting. The blue food coloring turned the frosting gray. Whoops. On a good note, I did a bang up job on the frosting. It was nice and smoooooth.
Same as last time – lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
What a mouthful.
I stumbled across the CupcakeBlog a few weeks ago. The recipes are really inventive but not for the kitchen novice. For my first attempt, I opted for her recipe for blueberry & raspberry almond ricotta cupcakes. I altered the recipe slightly – halving the almonds since I didn’t want the texture to be too grainy and using strawberries instead of raspberries. I also used the cream cheese frosting recipe I posted a few weeks back rather than hers since it yielded a little more frosting than I wanted.
It’s only Tuesday but it’s already been a long week at work. What else can I do but treat myself to a cupcake? I was too lazy and it was too late to make cupcakes from scratch so I used Duncan Hines Deluxe lemon flavored cake mix. To make it kinda special I made the frosting from scratch using another recipe from handy dandy allrecipes.com.