Since the lack of money is now a constant in my life, special days have become a small pain in my ass. Somebody’s birthday, Mother’s day or anything like that… well, I simply don’t have money to buy anything for anyone.
The good thing is people who know me are aware I couldn’t care less for special dates and giving gifts on those days. I’m used to buying things out of the blue, if something reminds me of someone – like walking around at some novelty fair and finding something that reminds me of you, or of some inside joke we share.
But some people still get upset when they don’t get something on their “special day” or whatever (like, really, you shouldn’t, that’s so small and so useless). Since I’m always baking something for the blog, my gifts for the next few months will be always in the shape of food. And I’m probably getting into a big trouble right now since all my friends will read this post and come after their cakes and sweets, in 3… 2… 1………………
There’s a tip for everyone out there: when that cupcake test turns out good, stick it into a box, dress it up with a nice bow and there’s your birthday gift, of Mother’s day gift or whatever! Who the hell will think that’s a bad gift?
Here on the blog you can find a variety of recipes for your needs to please friends and Family. But for those who still want some more detail, just click on our newest banner from one of our sponsors and buy yourself your digital book about cupcakes. Just remember this is not mine, so please don’t confuse the book with the blog. That’s just a nice help for you guys :)
Devil’s Food Cupcakes
Yields: 12 cupcakes
Recipe from Yes to Yum, with nothing changed, because it’s perfect.
1 cup (110g) flour
1/2 cup (60g) cocoa powder
1 teaspoon (4g) baking soda
1 cup (220g) sugar
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup (120ml) oil (good quality oil)
6 tablespoons (90ml) warm coffee
4 tablespoons (60ml) milk
2 teaspoons (10ml) vanilla extract
1 – Turn your oven on to 180˚C. In a bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2 – In another bowl, beat the eggs slightly and add the oil. Mix well and then add the warm coffee, mixing constantly so it won’t have any chance to cook the eggs. We don’t want scrambled eggs. At last, add the milk and vanilla and mix throughly.
3 – Dump the liquids on top of the dry ingredients and incorporate everything with a fouet, beating slightly so you can get rid of small pockets of flour. But don’t mix it too much or you will develop the gluten and your cake won’t rise.
4 – Divide the bater among the paper cups and bake for 14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. No more, no less than that.
Don’t let the cupcakes stay inside the oven for more than it’s needed otherwise the cakes will dry out too much and the best thing about these is that they are incredibly moist and give a very distinctive taste of chocolate. I mean, they are called devil’s food, right? The next picture shows exactly what I mean with moist.
Part of its unique flavor also comes from the coffee, which helps bring out the chocolate even more to your tongue. They go together, like Brothers. The frosting was the cocoa powder creamcheese, which is perfect for this cupcake! Really, it couldn’t be better. You can eat this frosting by spoonfuls. No, it’s not too much chocolate. It never is.
I didn’t do any swirl, I was too lazy that day. Just make a dollop of frosting on top of each one, using a spatula, and then open a small well in the middle, so you can fit even more sprinkles. So lovely!
Hei, guys, do you also bother your loved ones with food and care instead of gifts and money?