Baking 101



Whenever I buy things at the grocery I see to it that I get the exact amount of change that I should. You say, how cheap, what's 0.01 cent? Well, if the cashier is friendly I let her have it, but if the person looks deliberately keeping it, I take it...why you ask? A hundred times 0.01 is 1€...and I'm sure that's just not how many people buy from a grocery store...if the cashier takes 0.02 cents, that would be doubled.

I'm saying this because I knew of some people around who does cheat. Too strong a word but that's how it is. They cheat to get a lot more...and it's those little things that annoy me. Something small when put together becomes big....does ring a bell, right? So if you go to the grocery, do ask for your change, it's yours after all.


Baking is something that I am frustrated about...well I got a bit better but not with icing. :( I still need to learn how to pipe! Though I only used whipped cream time I'd surely whip buttercream. Like asking for every bit of cent at the grocery store, baking needs to be exact and if not then it would come to this. :D Uneven!

I think being a domestic goddess wouldn't be complete if one cannot make yummy and beautiful cupcake pieces. Well, it's just me. In my attempt to be a step closer to that goal of being a goddess (lol), the hubby was very supportive and helped me more than I really needed. He was the one who did the kneading of the marshmallow fondant. He also put the red color in it and shaped out two stars. Well, it may take time before I could master this craft but I'll take the long way...


This recipe comes from Joy of Baking, which I think is one of the best online resources for baking. Instead of using the fudge frosting I used some whipped cream and marshmallow fondant.  

Chocolate Cupcakes:

1/2 cup (50 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 cup (240 ml) boiling hot water
1 1/3 cups (175 grams) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

4 ounces (120 grams) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup (150 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups (160 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

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maiylah  – (February 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM)  

my sisters and i used to bake lots back then; mind you, most were disasters. LOL. but we had fun... :)
oo nga, i ask for the exact change whenever i can, too. like one time this delivery guy from KFC told me he lacked Php 0.50, i told him in a seriously-joking kind of way: "naku, kung marami kami na di nyo bibigyan ng 50 centavos eh di siguro yayaman din kayo kaagad!" after that pagnagsukli sila tama na (minsan sobra pa! hahaha). i mean, it was a delivery and i told them to bring change! really... :D

Felisol  – (February 7, 2011 at 12:04 PM)  

They cheat in Norway too. People are being advised to always take care of the receipt, cause the price can be changed from the selves to the cashier, esp. when it comes to supply goods.
So I remind myself always to ask for the receipt.

Cupcakes have become hot in Norway too, esp. this foreign fancy frosting. I do love unsweetened chocolate. Great that you also have European measurements on your recipes.

Jeri ~  – (February 7, 2011 at 1:32 PM)  

You will have that piping down in no time - practice makes perfect!! In the meantime I am sure hubby is loving having you practice!!

Kim, USA  – (February 7, 2011 at 2:43 PM)  

I do ask a change because I also have that mentality that if .1cent is keep it will become a dollar later. Baking is not my forte I don't know why but maybe because I don't like measuring ingredients? Your photo does look great. Happy baking!

Jenn  – (February 7, 2011 at 5:47 PM)  

I love the look of the egg shells as part of the image. As for the cupcakes, I sure would like to taste the one with the marshmallow fondant.

Becky  – (February 7, 2011 at 6:38 PM)  

Your cupcakes look like they taste good. And you will get better with piping as you practice. Happy RT.

Luna Miranda  – (February 7, 2011 at 6:50 PM)  

i'm lenient with loose change if the cashier would tell me beforehand that she/he doesn't have cents. what irritates me is when i am shortchanged and the cashier didn't tell me.

ang mga taxi drivers ang notorious sa di pagbibigay ng sukli. kahi 10 pesos pa sukli mo, pag hiningi mo, titingnan ka pa ng masama.

oh, great shots.:p

w0rkingAth0mE  – (February 8, 2011 at 7:49 AM)  

interesting, how i wish i know how to cook well :)
Anyway, have time to visit my entry for ruby tuesday thanks.

RNSANE  – (February 8, 2011 at 9:04 AM)  

I so seldom bake anymore. At 66, my arthritis is so severe that bending and lifting pots and pans isn't much fun. It has to be a special occasion for me to indulge. Your recipe sounds wonderful for a Valentine's treat.

kassy  – (February 8, 2011 at 6:10 PM)  

STAAAAAAAAAAR! that's just too cute! :)

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