Cupcakes and Christmas

20 Nov

What an eventful but memorable week 🙂 This week was the official kickoff for the holiday season for me. The city was ramping itself up for the festive season. All around downtown and neighbouring malls one could see brilliant colourful street lights glittering away against the dark and cold damp evening. My heart warmed up to the beautiful colours and festive decorations as it signaled the best time of the year was just around the corner, Christmas. As one walked down Robson Street, one could see bright shooting stars and ice skaters gracefully gliding away on the frozen ice rink. Soon shoppers will be carrying bags of gifts and carolers singing holiday songs. A bright smile flashed across my face as I envisioned light and fluffy white snow flakes gently float down and cover the city in a beautiful soft white blanket while I sip on sweet hot chocolate. Ahhhh, walking in a Winter Wonderland. Christmas photos

This past weekend, I participated in a silent auction for fundraising. The event was a huge success. I had volunteered to help fund raise. When I talk about donations I am referring to the baked kinds. My tummy exploded that night due to the number of desserts I ate. The first of the desserts were Chocolate Cupcakes.

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To make these cupcakes, I first sifted the dry ingredients after which I melted the butter and chocolate chips together. Next the eggs and sugar were beaten together. Once the mixture was fluffy, the vanilla and the cooled butter/chocolate mixture was added to the eggs. Gradually add the dry ingredients once the egg/chocolate/vanilla mixture was emulsified. Last of all, add the milk. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit more milk to the mixture. Bake these cupcakes at 350F for about 10-12 minutes. As a note to baking fans, the baking time were for mini cupcakes.

I decided to make a vanilla buttercream to contrast the chocolate. The key the make silky smooth buttercream was to ensure the butter was at room temperature prior to beating and addng in the icing sugar. Sifting the sugar also helps and add it gradually. Add enough milk for the right constistency and voila perfect buttercream.

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The cupcakes were topped with decorative sprinkles.

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I did not included the recipe as literally tonnes on the internet. Happy Cupcake baking and yay to Christmas coming.

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