Not only didn't I post, I never even used the computer... I played hooky... and it felt great. I love my blog... and I really love all you guys, but yesterday was 60 degrees here in Middle Tennessee and after the winter we've been having I needed to be out in it.
The girlies were at a weekend long youth retreat called "Merge" and it was nice to spend some one on one time with the Axeman. I had book club in the morning, but when I got home we talked about fun ways to spend the day. There is a new paved walking trail here in town and I've been wanting to check it out for sometime. It is where the old railroad track ran and it's like a long walk in the woods... right in the middle of the city... It was really, really nice. We strolled along, talked, held hands, and just enjoyed each other's company...
Then we came home, and I scrapbooked. I have been wanting to do some since Christmas, but there never seemed to be time and the "to do" list never got shorter so my supplies were just piled up in our bedroom. I was about to give up and take them back to storage, when we decided we needed a "day off"... I forgot how much fun I have when I get into a grove. I completed ten two-page layouts... I will share them with y'all soon....
Now for the cupcakes...
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
Preheat the oven to 350
Measure all dry ingredients into mixing bowl and give the a quick stir.
All all the wet ingredients... mix until blended... scraping bowl once or twice
pour into greased pan or cupcake liners
bake 15-18 minutes until toothpick comes out clean
(about 30 minutes if you are making 2 8-inch round pans)
that's it to the cake.... easy peasy huh?? (Yes Beth, I think you can do this... lol)
The frosting I used isn't the one in the book, that one is a smooth chocolate ganache' and yummy so I'll include that recipe at the end...
The problem with my frosting is I don't really have a recipe... I just make it... I will try to "guesstimate" how much I use on things... you may need to play with the amounts... (Beth's head just exploded..)
crisco shortening (approx 1 1/2 cups) (this isn't healthy...sorry...it's cupcakes after-all...)
Milk 1/4 -1/2 a cup
Powdered sugar 2-3 cups (maybe more)
vanilla... I would guess about 1-2 tablespoons
(or mix it up a bit with almond extract... or lemon... even peppermint... go crazy...maybe even add more then one flavor...)
I make it in my mixer... I put in the crisco, milk, about 1/2 the sugar and vanilla... mix well... it will be runny... add powdered sugar until it looks and tastes like frosting... That's it!
(You ok Beth?... slow, deep breaths...lol!)
Here's the bonus chocolate frosting recipe:
1 cup simi-sweet chocolate chips
1 stick butter softened (8 tablespoons)
1 large egg
melt chocolate (I do mine for about one minute in the microwave and stir well, but you can do the double boiler method.) Let cool just a little
In a mixer cream butter... add egg and mix well... add chocolate... mix... you are done... frost away!
PS. Starting next Saturday Sparky will be writing my Saturday posts... We are going to call her posts.. "Spark Notes"... cute huh... be sure to drop by and offer her lots of bloggy love!
Thanks for listening,