Do you ever just crave a no-fuss cupcake? A little treat for yourself with just a few colourful sprinkles or none at all? I do! Especially now that I’ve started yet another semester at university, now looking to be one of the most difficult yet. So I made a batch of cupcakes to cheer myself up.
I really like the style of Georgetown Cupcake’s baking, and as I was reading about them on the internet, I came across the recipe for their chocolate ganache! And while I do not believe it is the exact recipe they use in their cupcakery, it was good enough for me and I got really excited to make some cake!
It is a typical ganache recipe of roughly 2-part chocolate to 1-part double cream (I say roughly because I was converting from cups) and it’s pretty yummy.
In my haste I did a pretty rubbish job of dipping and covering the cakes smoothly in ganache, and eventually whipped out the good old spatula to spread it on – and then I grouped a little cluster of sprinkles on top. As nice as my cupcake was, I’m not going to lie, I still prefer buttercream or cream cheese frosting on top of my cupcakes!
Next I want to try some malteser cupcakes, and of course Valentine’s cupcakes – I’m hoping to try my first heart inside a cupcake using Megan Seling’s book for guidance. Meanwhile, I’ve been eating all of the loveheart sweets I’m supposed to be saving for next month! Also, I really feel like I should be making some Burns night cupcakes, being Scottish and all, but I’ll see how I’m feeling – I was never the biggest Burns fan…
January is such a weird month I think. I’m also a bit miffed that most of Scotland’s snowfall is missing out my town and I’ve been given near enough a hundred science papers to read by late March. So I’ve been spending a lot of my evenings grungeing in my jammies watching my Smash box set and eating nachos and chocolate. I wrote my first ever music review too! It’s not your typical music review – it’s a bit more like how I interpreted the album and especially its lyrics. But it was fun to do!
So once I get out of my January blues – which is ‘supposed’ to be tomorrow when I start my 2013 fitness regime (yawn) – I’ve got big plans for the year ahead. A lot of travelling, lots of cakey things, and a lot of landmark ages in my family – so lots of parties!
2013 Baking Aims:
1) Get meringues sorted!
2) Do not fall out with pastry. Ever again.
3) Learn how to make pretty sugar paste flowers like a pro.
Do you have anything you want to perfect of learn how to do cakewise this year?