marble cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Today I went grocery shopping, did my laundry, and watched The Good Wife and Miranda (finally done!) I also cleaned up my iTunes and started making alternate album artworks. And this happened:

I used my 55-250mm lens, after not using them for quite a while, and the pics turned out to be surprisingly.. nice. Guess it was worth the purchase? Mmhm.

I still need to learn how to make frosting. And to frost properly. Well.. there’s always tomorrow, yes?

Marble cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Adapted from Baking Bites
makes 10 cupcakes

Cupcakes:
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour – 2 tbsp
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 cup sugar
¼ cup butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk

Frosting:
cream cheese
butter
powdered sugar

Cream butter and sugar, and add egg. Add half of the buttermilk, and fold in flour + baking powder + salt. Mix thoroughly and add the rest of the buttermilk. Add cocoa powder to half of the mixture. Divide batter evenly, half vanilla half chocolate, into muffin tins. Bake at 180’C for 25 minutes. For the frosting, mix cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar. Make sure that the cupcakes are cool before frosting.

That last picture is probably one of my favorite pictures ever. Just sayin’.

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apple pie

Things I like right now:

    • The Good Wife
    • dolce far la niente, aka the pleasure of doing nothing
    • being in the kitchen
    • Coldplay
    • the smell of freshly baked apple pies

    Things I hate right now:

    • my inability to sleep before the sun rises
    • the ugly lighting in our kitchen, which basically makes taking pictures impossible
    • the fact that I can’t travel… until a month from now

    Whatever. I’ll just bake. Or cook. Or the two of them combined, whatever.

    Apple pie
    loosely adapted from Nigella Lawson’s recipe

    Crust:
    2 cups flour
    145 gr unsalted butter, cubed
    few tbsp of sugar
    cold water
    pinch of salt

    Filling:
    3 large apples, sliced thinly
    115 gr unsalted butter
    3 tbsp flour
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup water
    pinch of salt
    cinnamon

    First make the crust. Put flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add cubed butter, mix until it forms a sand-like mixture. Slowly add water and continue kneading until it becomes.. a dough. Roll into a ball, cover with cling wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.

    Put the sliced apples in a bowl. In a pan, melt butter and add sugar, flour cinnamon, and water. Cook until the mixture thickens, and pour into the bowl of apples. Mix thoroughly.

    Assemble everything, make pretty lattices if possible, and bake at 220’C for 15 mins, then at 180’C for 35 mins.