Thursday, 16 de April de 2015

Yellow cupcakes


About these two last weeks and the lack of new posts: I was experimenting a slow and painful death.
Just kidding. I just got a cold and a intestine infection, one after another. You know, if you don’t do drama, your Mr. Boyfriend won’t come for the rescue. What really happened was a series of unfortunate events – by the way have you read the books?? I just love them, they are simple and funny, ideal for some relax time.
Two weeks ago I got this cold with a sore throat that just knocked me down. With years of experience, I knew I would be even worse by wednesday, so I arranged a hospital visit as soon as possible. “We can give you injections which will solve it faster”, the doctor said, but oh no, thanks lady. Needles and Juliana won’t go together in the same sentence. They don’t even exist in the same dictionary.

So, the doctor – who barely even looked at me – gave me some medicine, the usual for sore throat. As expected, I got better, but maybe not as fast as wanted since it took me two days of suffering. What matters is that I didn’t spend my Easter in bed.
But I did spend my next week in the toilet.
Not sure about what happened, but I consulted a professional with the highest degree and good experience about my problem: my mother. Afterall, all mothers are definetely graduated in LIVING. And Lady Mom said to me: “the medicine she gave you made your intestines weak and you probably ate something that didn’t go well. Did you have mayo?”. OMG, moms really are sightseers. I did have mayo a couple days before.

I went to the doctor in the beginning of this week and he just confirmed what my mother had already said, and recommended that I should stop with the greens for some days. HAHAHA, I happily thought, AT LAST a situation in which a bunch of kale and lettuce wouldn’t be healthy.
I hope you guys understand the missing posts, due to these unfortunate physic events I had these last few days. Lesson of the month: before you spend money in a hospital or doctor, try your mother, if you still can.
Today’s recipe is specially for every time you make meringue or angel cake and don’t really know what to do with those leftover egg yolks. That’s why they are called yellow cupcakes, but they only get truly yellow if your egg yolks are extremely yellow. Try organic eggs.

Yellow cupcakes
Yields: 16 smaller cupcakes as the ones in the photos, or 12 cupcakes
Recipe by Baking Bites, with adaptations.

1 3/4 cups (230g) flour
1 cup (200g) sugar
1 teaspoon (4g) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2g) baking soda
a pinch of salt
115g butter
5 egg yolks
1 cup (230ml) buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 – Turn your oven to 180˚C. In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Make your buttermilk if you haven’t already.
2 – In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and beat well. Add the vanilla and beat again to incorporate.
3 – Alternate the addition of the dry ingredients and the buttermilk, ending with the dry and beating only until incorporated. That way the cupcakes with be soft and crumbly.
4 – Divide the batter amongst the paper cups and bake for 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you make bigger cucakes than those in the photos, the baking time will obviously be more. The ideal is to bake a test cupcake, alone, filling the paper cup just until 2/3 and see how long does it take.

Decorate as you wish. I just spreaded some dulce de leche I found out about here in Brasília. Try the argentinian La Salamandra, which is awesome as well.

Or you can spread the homemade dulce de leche on top. Enjoy!

In what other areas of expertise are our mothers pro?

Juliana Morgado

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.

Cupcakeando’s History

I’m not sure when or why I started to cook. My memories are of my mother putting me in the kitchen and teaching Brazilian white rice and her awesome pomodoro sauce for spaghetti, with fresh tomatoes just the way only she can do. All I know in the kitchen I’ve learned by one way: practice. My recipes are created from my head and implemented with the tests I run, or even meticulously measured from trusted sources.
I have a true passion for cupcakes, because I believe they represent everything that’s good in the kitchen: butter, sugar, cuteness, dedication and creativity. Everything in the right amount for one person.
I enjoy experimenting with these little ones, and finding out new ways do decorate them. When I have nothing better to do, I start researching and studying recipes, theories and decorations for cupcakes. Yeah, study, that’s right.
The blog is also a place for my second passion: photography. I’m that person who keeps looking for angles and shots while walking on the park. I also study the art of photography through websites and books.

The Name

Cupcakeando means, roughly, cupcakeing in Portuguese. The noun “cupcake” is in a verb tense that most well-schooled Brazilians hate because it means an action that will never stop. That’s precisely my intention. I don’t have any wish to stop my cupcake factory anytime soon, or even stop cooking in general. If I don’t have anymore orders, it will be for friends. If my friends get sick of it, it will be for my family. When my family says “ENOUGH”, it will be for myself (and maybe for my Siberian husky and my Pembroke corgi). Because that’s what I love to do and what makes me truly happy.


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