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Vanilla Cupcakes with Fluffy Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Fluffy Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Fluffy Frosting

Today I thought I wouldn’t be baking anything. You see, lately I’ve been going through this mad craze where all I want to do is bake. Seriously though, I don’t want to do anything else. I wake up and the first thing I think is ‘what can I bake today?’. And I can’t stop! It’s fun for me but my family is not liking it. Well, of course they like it! They are just concerned about eating ALL of the delicious things I have been making lately. They don’t want to get fat!

So today I tried to think of other things I could do. I took the dog for a nice long walk, I cleaned my room, watched a documentary on volocanoes, watched a documentary on new technologies and developments to help reduce the carbon dioxide emissions, and then I did something I shouldn’t have done. I put on the food network. And guess what? Barefoot Contessa was on and Ina Garten was making those fricking delicious coconut cupcakes of hers. How dare she! When I am trying to cut back on my baking! I then realized I had to bake something. I had to or else I would not be happy. I thought about what to make, something my dad wouldn’t complain about (“no more chocolate! all you do is make chocolate stuff! how about some vanilla for a change!”) and so I thought of the perfect thing. Vanilla cupcakes! Because truth be told, I have never made a vanilla cupcake that didn’t come from a box :$. I guess I’ve sort of veered away from that path because everytime I attempt to make a white cake (one that’s not a sponge) it never tastes right to me. And I get disappointed and discouraged and usually don’t bake for a while.

Well today I met my challenge head on, and tried a vanilla cupcake recipe that I’d looked at many times before but never even thought of attempting. And the result? Astounding! I couldn’t believe it. They weren’t dense and heavy, nothing like a poundcake (which I very much dislike) and were instead fluffy and delicious like I think a vanilla cupcake should be.  I piped some purple/pink frosting (as you can see in the picture) on them to make them cute. I was hoping I’d have some white nonpareils but I couldn’t find any. Here are the recipes:

Vanilla Cupcakes:

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I added 3…what?! I like vanilla! I also added about 1/2 tsp of coconut extract)

Zest of 1 large lemon (optional)  (I didn’t use this)

1 1/2 cups (210 grams) all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and lightly butter or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

For the Cupcakes: Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Fluffy Frosting (makes 3.5 cups):

1 cup of milk

2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

1 cup of butter (or margarine)

1 cup of fine white sugar

1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Whisk the flour into the milk in a small saucepan until smooth. Heat and stir until it boils and thickens, then cool thoroughly.

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add thickened milk and beat until the mixture resembles whipped cream.

The delicious moist inside of the cupcakes

The frosting sort of started to melt a bit after I had taken it out into the sun for good lighting (but those pictures are not shown)

I was so proud that my first time making vanilla cupcakes didn’t turn out badly! Now I have more confidence in my cupcake division of baking 🙂

I obviously give this recipe 5 Pastry Mice out of 5!

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♥Taro; who is a very happy cupcake baker!

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a Lesson on Compassion

I work in a Video Game Store. We deal with nerds and stupid people. yesterday was no different. I was working with a new guy who asked me every little thing that normal people would know from common sense and watching him do everything was a frustration on it’s own. The guy was a sloth on crack, but instead of doing things faster on crack, he just got slower and slower. On top of that, my feet were tired and kind of hurts. The Job was getting boring and a drag.

So after dealing with handful of stupid people who’ve been misguided about the return policy and annoying children, in walks a retard. No really, she was mentally challenged. She came in enthusiastically greeted me. I couldn’t understand a words she was saying, it pure mumble jumble. At the time I was dealing with a customer with… you guessed it! She wanted to return a game because she was told that she can return everything and anything within 7 days. While I was helping the customer the mentally challenged girl kept talking. She talked loud and unclear. All her words are messed up, I couldn’t make a single word that came out from her mouth. When she talked, saliva squeezes out to her lips in such qualities that I think she’s going to drool. Her big coat was already stain with what I think is drool. Every time when I look at her, the amount of foamy spit in and around her mouth made me wanna puke.

The new guy was talking to her, trying to make out what she was trying to say. He walked around the store showing her things to figure out what she wanted. As she walks around the store, I was afraid that she might come around behind the counter and do some crazy shit, like try to make out with me and if I did comply she would spit her foamy spit on me face. I was annoyed, by the customer who I was helping and by the retard who I couldn’t understand. I wanted all of them out. Finally, I was done dealing with my customer so I started listening and watching the interaction between the new guy and the weird girl. At this point I was a bit touched by the fact that the new guy was so patient with the girl even though he couldn’t understand her. The guy whom I thought was so incompetent and slow had surprised me. I began to see that the girl was not retarded but she had full mental capacity, she just has difficulties communicating her thoughts. The me who wanted her to shut the fuck up and stop bothering us was silenced by the me who asked

You think she wants this? You think she’s having a good time not being understood? How would you feel if you were in that position? You trying your best but people write you off? She’s having thoughts just like everyone else, she just can’t communicate them in a way that you can. So why don’t you get off your fucking high horse of having the ability of communicate effectively and shut the fuck up.

I then started to help to figure out what she was trying to say. She had a friend with her who was better equiped in communication, but she was frustrated and mildly embarassed for all the fuss they were causing. We tried asking her to write it, but her writing wasn’t very legible. So finally her friend went and got their helper. The helper was so fuckin’ paient with her and she reminded her not get frustrated. All we could understand from the girl was that she wanted to give us more money. But for what? Finally we figured out that she wanted to ask about the warranty on the games. She didn’t buy any games, she was just asking about them because I think she wanted to save up for it. Finally she was relieved and she said to her helper “I tried, I tried.” and The helper said “I know, I know. You just wanted to feel independent. You did good!”

I was moved. She taught me so much in that short amount of time. I learned what it meant to be compassionate towards someone. To see that the person is doing their best with all the tools they’ve been given. I learned courage. To stand up and speak up to communicate your needs and desires. To be relentless and push through even when you “feel” you are causing inconvenience to someone. To be honest, people can get over inconvenience, being inconvenient is a temporary state and people can get over it in a heartbeat. I am glad that the new guy had stayed with her for so long. If it was me, I would’ve tried to get rid of her as soon as possible and not listen to her. If that was the case, she probably would’ve felt defeated. So if it means that it would cause me inconvenience for her to feel good that someone understood her, so be it. I think me being annoyed is a small price to pay for her feeling accomplished and having her mini-victory of the day. I am grateful that she came in. I didn’t want to work yesterday and planned to give my shift to someone but now I am super glad that I worked. I don’t even care if I get paid because I think what I learned was so valuable (But I do wanna get paid because I work for a corporate giant and I am gonna squeeze every little penny out of them for every second I’ve contributed to help them make millions).

Lastly, I learned that no matter what Always Try. You never know.

Kevo

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God loves you UNCONDITIONALLY

The love God has for you is greater than any kind of love you’ve ever experienced. God’s love for you is unconditional and ever lasting for God even loves your weaknesses. God created you and you have a special place in your heart that only god has the key to. God thinks fondly of you EVERYDAY, EVERY MOMENT. You do not need any other kind of love. God’s love for you is enough. God’s love is greater than your love for your child or the love your parents have for you. Experience God’s love for you through the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s all in the scripture. Read it.

Kevin

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