Thursday, February 01, 2007

Imitation is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery

When I found the cupcake blog, Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit, I was smitten. An entire blog dedicated to cupcakes? Kharma is on my side. Inspired by Chockylit's delectable pictures, I decided to give one of the recipes a try.

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Chocolate cupcakes with coconut buttercream frosting and shaved chocolate

While I love baking cupcakes, the art of frosting has never been my thing. I am far too ADD to get my ingredients as precise as they need to be for baking. In fact, many years ago, my friend's sister decided to "experiment" on us for her psychology class project, instructing each of us to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies. We both managed to leave out imperative ingredients: baking powder for me, butter for my friend. Our cookies looked and tasted like shit, and my friend's sister got an A.

So as I delved into this buttercream frosting I read and reread the simple recipe at least a dozen times. Still, my frosting turned out pretty wet at first attempt, until J added a little sugar. I frosted a few cakes for our company that were due within the hour, and stuck the bowl of frosting in the fridge to see if that would help. By the following afternoon, it was firm and the coconut flavor was finally coming through; much better. I slathered frosting on the rest of the devilish cakes, knocking back two a day until they were gone. Chockylit's version certainly look prettier, but I guess you can't judge a book by its cover, because my clumsier version still tasted like a little piece of heaven. Chockylit: my hips and I thank you.

- K

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