Monday, 08 de December de 2014

Hot chocolate cupcakes

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As I mentioned on Facebook, this post was delayed because I finally started moving to my apartment! Yes, to Whitey, to living by myself, to living in an apartment after decades in a house. All that jazz. Everything was done in one week, by myself and with mom’s help. I didn’t skip any work day, which I see as a big achievement.
On Monday, I changed the locks. On the same night, I started moving by taking boxes at a time, filled with kitchen stuff and some clothes. Me and my mother, without any man muscle and with our cars. Just by that, we managed to take most of the things I have. On the other nights, I took house stuffs like cleaning utensils and more clothes.

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With all the boxes inside the apartment, I came back from work quickly and would immediatly start setting everything in place. Of course I didn’t bring everything I have, because that’s simply impossible. I have to practice how to let go of things… Not to mention that the apartment is not finished yet: the glass behind the sink came in the wrong color, for example.
My priority, which was the kitchen, is complete! As for the rest, I have a sofá, a TV and it’s enough. The room is a mess, I just threw my clothes inside the drawers and ran on to the kitchen so I could bake something.
So now, this is my kitchen, for you all to see!

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As I said, the glass came in the wrong color. It was supposed to be the same as the open cabinet (Tiffany blue!) or just white. But the rest is simply perfect! And it wasn’t even that much white as everybody said, right?

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Yields: 12 cupcakes
Recipe from The Novice Chef, on Dixie Crystals website.

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (use 1/4 if you want a milder heat)
1/2 cup hot water
1/3 cup cocoa powder
90g butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 – Turn your oven to 350˚F. In a big bowl, sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and pepper. In another bowl, mix water and cocoa powder until smooth.
2 – Beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and oil, beat again, then add the vanilla and beat once more.
3 – Alternate the addition of dry and wet ingredients. Do not overmix!
4 – Bake the cupcakes for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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The frosting was the italian meringue buttercream, with a few drops of pink gel color, because I used a lot of pepper, so I needed something to stop the heat in my tongue. So that’s why the butter. I really like this cupcake texture and it’s pretty good even without the pepper and cinnamon! I used the 1M tip from Wilton, of course.

So do you all like Whitey, the kitchen? :)

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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