Baking 101

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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.


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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 here...next 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...


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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
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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

Click here for procedure. :)


Enjoy!
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