Sunday, September 13, 2009

Heartbreak Cake

As mentioned before, baking serves as a way for me to work my way through the heartache. And of course, the opportunity presented itself this week. It was the kind of sadness that just BEGS for you to fill the void with cupcakes.

But here's the thing about baking: No matter how bad it hurts, all you have to do is pour all the sadness and all the hurt into your cupcakes, then just cover it up with sweet, sugary icing and when you're ready, they can be the tastiest little cupcakes in the world.

Red Velvet Heartbreak Cupcakes
(Adapted from The Beantown Baker)
  • 2 1/2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup of Buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Red Food Colouring
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1 Cup of Sadness
Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees, then sifting together the flour, sugar, baking soda and cocoa powder. I'm not really sure what the point of sifting is, since I usually don't get too many lumps of flour or cocoa powder, but if you wanna sift, thereby adding to huge friggin' pile of dishes you have to do ever, be my guest. Honestly, a good whisk does the trick for me.

Next up, whisk together your eggs, oil, buttermilk, colouring and vanilla. Now, for those who use the little droplet things of colouring, I fin that three of the little vials do the job. So just squeeze them dry and mix it up. When incorporated, add it to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Feel free to add a cup of sadness if you happen to have some on hand.

When you're finished, pour them evenly into paper liners/greased and floured muffin tin and bake for about half an hour, or until you can stick a toothpick through the center and have it come out clean.
Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting of Self-Delusion
(adapted from Joy the Baker, via Beantown Baker)
  • 1 1/2 Sticks of Butter
  • 4 oz. of Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 2-3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 Teaspoons of false happiness.
Like my cream cheese icing from a previous post, this just works so well with the given material. Simply cream together the cheese and butter at room temperature, then just add the rest of the ingredients, adding extra sugar or milk for smoothness as you see fit.

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