Tuesday, 07 de July de 2015

Peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes

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I’m a mother again. Mr. Boyfriend and I visited a pet shop weeks ago and I found myself hovering over the guinea pigs. I decided that it was about time that I should have my own, since I never did because my mom hated these creatures. But now I live alone.
And this is Whey.

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Yeah, Whey, as in whey protein. Because his father works out a lot. But the next pets will keep the tradition of great singers.
Whey was the last of his mother’s offspring near my house. The guy who owned them doesn’t live work with that, but he had this last piggy. He got my heart because he has the same fur Freddie does, and a stylish hair.
We brought him home on Saturday, already to his C&C cage all set for him. Next you can read a description of his first 24h at home.

2:20pm
We got to the apartment with Whey inside a cardbox with hay. He was hiding underneath the hay all the way while Mr. Boyfriend nephew tried to shake the box. Just left him inside the cage, near his pipe toy.

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3:12pm
Whey is still on the exact same spot I left him, paralyzed. I wonder to Mr. Boyfriend if maybe I did something wrong. He said he’s probably pissed off with the light pink fleece, since he’s a male, but that was the only color the store had. My child will not be a tea party member.

5:14pm
Whey ran to the other side of the cage where I’ve put the hay. He’s eating like crazy. When I get near the cage, he paralyzes. He must be thinking “goddammit, woman, let me be”.

6:30pm
I come back to the apartment after clothes washing time at my mother’s house. The hay is surrounded by poo and the pellets dish also has poo in it, which makes me think Whey already feels at home.

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7:13pm
Time to check on Whey while washing the dishes. WHERE IS HE?? I thought he was inside the pipe. No, I found him behind the home theater speaker. He figured out how to pass through the cage. So there I am, Saturday night, running back to my workplace to pick up the rest of the coroplast I’ve used to make the cage. While that’s happening, Whey is left alone inside the cardbox I brought him home. When I’m back, I quickly set up bigger walls of coroplast. Whey poos some more inside the box. Gosh, these piggies do poop a lot.

8:50pm
Back inside the C&C cage, Whey now can’t see much behind the coroplast and maybe because of that he’s much less anxious. He just began making those noises they make. I’m melting away. <3 5:50am I wake up pretty early for my Sunday work time and Whey is just fine. I clean a bit of his poo, say goodbye and leave (because they say we should talk to the piggy so he gets used to your voice). 3pm I’m back home. His wooded house is turned upside down. Whey is so fuck the police.

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Peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes
Yields: 10 cupcakes

Cakes
2 eggs
1/4 cup melted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cup flour

Filling
Homemade peanut butter

Frosting
1/2 classic buttercream recipe

Decoration
50g sugar
whole peanuts, no shells

1 – Turn your oven to 180˚C. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the melted butter. Don’t mix them both if the butter is still warm!
2 – Add the milk, vanilla and sugar, and mix it all together.
3 – Sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder on top. Mix everything with a fouet or spatula, until you have no more lumps of flour. But be careful not to overmix the batter!
4 – Divide the batter into the paper cups and bake for 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5 – When they are room temperature, fill each one with the peanut butter. Close them and decorate with the buttercream. I used a big round tip, like Wilton 1A but a bit bigger. Keep the tip on a 90˚ degree angle to the cupcake, keep a steady pressure and form a ball. Then make another ball on top using the same technique, but making it smaller in size. There’s nothing easier than that, but here’s a video if you have trouble understanding what I’m doing.
6 – Now for the caramelized peanut. Place the sugar in a small pan, with a handle, and bring it to the stovetop on medium. No water, no nothing, just the sugar. Stir a bit and you’ll see, in time, that the sugar will melt and start to get a beautiful caramel color.
7 – When it gets to the caramel color, remove from the heat. Pierce each peanut with a toothpick (see tips below on how to pierce them without breaking). Dip each peanut in the melted sugar until it covers the nut, then lift it, let some of the excess drip. Place the peanuts in the tip of a balcony or chair, keeping them steady with the help of something heavier on top, like shown in the photo. Then just carefully remove the toothpick once the sugar has set and decorate your cupcakes!

There will be a lot of melted sugar left, so just make more and more caramelized peanuts and enjoy by its own.

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Tips:
– A tip for trying not to divide the peanuts in two sides with piercing is that they are easier to handle for this process if they are toasted before, because then they get a bit softer. Try to pierce the side of one of the halves if you can identify that. Don’t go all the way, you just need to pierce a very tiny bit of the peanut to keep it in place.
– For easier cleaning of that pot filled with hard sugar, cover with water and bring it to a boil until the sugar melts again.

What do you think about my new son? Do you know guinea pigs? What do you think about them?

  1. 07 de July de 2015 - 11:39

    “Whey é fuck the police” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  2. 07 de July de 2015 - 11:47

    Nem preciso dizer que já AMAMOS Whey, ne?
    Eu, Wa e Olivia mandamos beijos!

    • 14 de July de 2015 - 16:31

      Sara, vamos apresentar todos? Whey, Freddie, Wa, Olivia, tudo junto! Vai ser foda hahahahahaha

  3. Hérica
    07 de July de 2015 - 15:11

    Muito fofo!!!
    Ri muito com o relato das primeiras horas em casa.

  4. 07 de July de 2015 - 15:44

    Me diverti demais com esse post! Whey já me conquistou com esse topete/sobrancelha super maneiro! Adorei a técnica do amendoim caramelado, vou tentar por aqui. Bjs

  5. Larissa
    07 de July de 2015 - 16:23

    Amei o Whey! Adoro os porquinhos da índia, mas tenho dois coelho em casa já e eles podem não se dar bem.. Procura no facebook a página da “exotic pets clínica veterinária”, neste mês estão publicando informações sobre os porquinhos! Felicidades para vcs e como sempre, delícia de receita!

  6. Débora
    07 de July de 2015 - 21:47

    Gente, adorei o topete dele!!!

  7. wanda macarone
    08 de July de 2015 - 15:40

    hahahahaha Whey!
    (ele é bem ‘bombadinho’ mesmo… acho que o nome ornou)
    Uma vez inventei de dar 1 porquinho da índia de aniversário pras minhas duas filhas. Chegando na loja, elas escolheram 2 e, claro que era um casal: Chuck Norris e Tiamat.
    Compramos duas gaiolinhas e colocamos um em cada. Só que era inverno, estava tão frio (morávamos em POA) e fiquei com pena, porque eles ficavam encostadinhos através das grades das gaiolinhas. Com o coração partido, acabei deixando os dois dormirem juntinhos… resumo: em 1 ano tínhamos 12 porquinhos! Precisei isolar uma parte do meu apartamento pra acomodar todos eles. Era como uma mini cidade de porquinhos. E era como limpar uns 5 currais por dia também. Eles dormiam o dia todo, só acordavam pra fazer uma boquinha e muito cocô; e ficavam acordados a noite toda fazendo aqueles barulhinhos e quebrando tudo. Eles fugiam dos cercadinhos, se escondiam e derrubavam coisas por onde passavam. Eles ficavam no andar de cima e muitas vezes eu acordava no meio da noite com a sensação de que uma multidão enfurecida tinha invadido o meu apartamento e iríamos todos morrer, tamanho barulho de destruição.
    Eu já não dormia mais uma noite inteira e em nome da minha sanidade decidi anunciar no jornal que estaria doando porquinhos numa feira de filhotes. Ficamos apenas com o primeiro casal.
    O Chuck Norris morreu num acidente – numa de suas fugas alucinantes ele caiu do vão da escada e quando o encontrei era tarde demais. A Tiamat morreu de velhinha.
    Adoro as tuas receitas e as fotos, como sempre, saíram perfeitas!
    Bj nos filhos peludos!!

    • 14 de July de 2015 - 17:42

      Wanda, tua história de terror e pânico me motivam a não ter mais de um porquinho, apesar de me dizerem sempre que é pra ter dois, hahahahaha. O perigo realmente é que muitos pet shops nem sabem ver o sexo dos porquinhos direito, aí é complicado. Você coloca junto e já já tem mil porquinhos correndo por aí.
      Beijos!

  8. Mitchelly
    09 de July de 2015 - 00:39

    Ju, qual outra cobertura você recomendaria?

    • 14 de July de 2015 - 17:44

      Mitchelly, um merengue também fica muito bom!

  9. Heloires Freitas
    13 de July de 2015 - 15:03

    Olá,
    Lindo seu porquinho!!!! não sei se conhece segue esse link http://www.porquinhosdaindia.com/2013/08/ebook.html

    • 14 de July de 2015 - 18:02

      Heloires, eu conheço o site mas não tinha visto o e-book ainda! Obrigada!

  10. Marcia
    13 de July de 2015 - 19:29

    Ju Boa Noite,
    Qual a melhor forma para cupcake? a de Silicone ou a outra?

    • 14 de July de 2015 - 18:02

      Marcia, eu não uso de silicones. Gosto da fôrma de metal! Beijos!

  11. Ione
    18 de July de 2015 - 21:16

    Ju lindinha, boa noite! Porquinho da índia eu nunca tive, mas coelhos sim. Digo coelhos pois o que começou com um casal tornou-se um “mar de coelhos” a perder de vista no quintal da casa que morava com minha mami…numa semana nasceram tantos que eu me deparei com uns trinta, (pois o casal já tinha cria a as crias mais filhotes e assim por diante…). Era uma festa na hora da comida, muita ração, alface e cenoura claro!
    Bichinhos de estimação são muito legais, já tive gato, cachorro e até um pato, que morreu creio eu de tanto eu dar banho e colocar perfume e laço no pescoço, num sei se foi por isso, quando eu tive o meu querido pato, eu só tinha 06 anos, mas tenho remorso até hoje. Bom aproveite o seu mais novo “filhote” e não poderia deixar de dizer que fiquei com água na boca com esse cupcake, coisa que invariavelmente fico quando visito sua página. Um abraço e uma ótima semana!

    • 25 de July de 2015 - 01:33

      Ione, no telhado da minha vó, aconteceu um mar de coelhos também. Eles se reproduzem muito rápido! Beijos! :)

  12. 25 de September de 2015 - 09:22

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I’m a journalist with more passions than time can allow me to have. I have found in the kitchen my paradise, my resting place after a long and exhausting day. It’s my addiction, really. Not only cupcakes but anything that I find interesting, challenging or fun to do. Despite the blog’s name, it’s not all about cupcakes. I love cooking risotto, of all kinds, and I simply love any recipe with cheese.

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