Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Caitlin spent the whole time at school today making cupcakes. She brought two home, one butter and another chocolate flavoured. Her teacher told them yesterday they would be baking today so she was very excited.

She said the butter one is for me, but she actually ate the whole thing in the car on the way home. I only got one nibble of it. This chocolate one is reserved for daddy when he comes home late tonight from Kota Kinabalu.

She plans to write a note and place it next to the cupcake on the table before she goes to bed tonight to surprise him. Caitlin enjoys coming up with ideas to surprise people.

Here's a recipe for cupcakes which I got from this website dedicated to cupcakes.

• 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
• 1 1/3 cups sugar
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup shortening
• 1 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add shortening, milk, and vanilla. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape side of bowl with a spatula.

Add eggs to the mixture. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape bowl again. Beat on high speed for 1 minute 30 seconds until well mixed.

Spoon cupcake batter into paper liners until 1/2 to 2/3 full.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 5 minutes in pans then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.

Once cupcakes are completely cooled, frost with your favorite frosting recipe or decorate as you desire.

Although it's one of the simplest of cakes to make, I've yet to actually try making them. The last time I made cupcakes was ages ago in home economics class in school! They can be really nice comfort food, especially if decorated prettily.

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