Yay! I created my very own first perfect backfire-proof recipe today and I am so jazzed about it! After so many trials and errors and trials and errors and trials and errors and trials and errors...this is so great! You just have to try it. Best thing about it is that not only does it double up as a cupcake and cake recipe but it is also suitable for diabetics, lower in calories than ordinary cupcakes recipes and cake recipes and is easily adaptable to suit vegans and vegetarians by just replacing a few of the ingredients. Here is the recipe, make sure to try it out!
FRUITY NUTTY CUPCAKE/CAKE RECIPE
Makes 36 small cupcakes.
250g salted butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup cow milk
1/4 cup coconut milk
3 teaspoonfuls vanilla essence
25g dessicated coconut
20g milk chocolate, grated
1 handful of a mixture of currants, raisins and sultanas
50g of assorted nuts (cashew nuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts), chopped
2 cups All-purpose flour
11/4 teaspoonfuls baking powder
Preheat the oven at 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.
Cream the butter and the sugar in a bowl until fluffy. NB. The butter has to be really soft and mush, but not molten.
Add in eggs, 1 at at time, and whisk the mixture.
Add in the cow milk, coconut milk and vanilla essence and stir well.
Add the cashew nuts, currants, raisins, sultanas, chocolate and dessicated coconut to the mixture and mix thoroughly.
In a separate bow, mix the flour and the baking powder. Add this into the batter, a little at a time and mix well.
For cupcakes, scoop out the batter with an ice-cream scooper into paper cups inserted into a cupcake baking tin and put each batch in the oven for 20 minutes at 150 degrees Celsius. For a cake, pour the batter into a greased and floured baking tin and put in the oven for 40 minutes at 150 degrees Celsius.
This recipe makes delicious fluffy cupcakes and and cakes. In other recipes, I found that for the same amount of batter, they had 1 1/4 cups of sugar and 500g butter. I feel that I have successfully created a recipe with less than half the amount of sugar and half the amount of butter as required, giving my healthy eating family a healthier choice, not to mention the addition of dried grapes and nuts. I used 20g of chocolate because chocolate eaten in small amounts time after time is good for the heart. I have not tried this with other dried fruits but I guess it would work just as well. For vegans and/or vegetarians, substitute the butter with unrefined coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature, or margarine; soya milk or rice milk to replace cow milk and 1 cup of egg substitute to in place of eggs. BON APPETIT!
I am blessed to have had such great high school friends. This post is in honour of one of them; Joan Njeri Mochama. She is just a wonderful friend and I thank her for having taught me so much. Joan, wherever you are, probably CUEA in Law class right now, thank you and may God give you strength to carry on.
The following is a list of things I learnt from Joan's notebook.
1. Turn your face to the sun and shadows fall behind you.
2.Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you, not because they are nice, but because you are.
3. Sometimes you just have to be your own hero and save your own little heart because sometimes the people you can't imagine living without can actually live without you.
4.Being hurt is something you can't stop from happening but being miserable is ALWAYS YOUR CHOICE.
5. In three words, I can sum up everything I have learned about life; IT GOES ON.
6. You can't turn back the clock but you can wind it up again.
7. Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it's the little voice at the end of the day that says, " I'll try again tomorrow."
8.When you can't change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.
9.Defending your faults and errors only proves you have no intention of quitting them.
10.Be like babies...they like changes.
11.Just because today is a terrible day doesn't mean tomorrow won't be the best day of your life. You just have to be there.
12.The past is a place of reference, not residence.
13.Evaluate the people in your life; then promote, demote or terminate. You are the C.E.O of your life.
14.Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.
15.Letting go doesn't mean you forget the person completely, it just means you find a way of surviving without them.
16.Two things that could measure who we are is the way we manage when we have nothing and we behave when we have everything.
17.When someone walks away from you, it's not the end of your story, it's the end of their character's role in your story.
18.Sometimes people don't cry because they are weak, it's because they've been strong for too long.
19.There's a difference in giving up and starting over.
20.There are only two days in a year that nothing can be done. One is tomorrow and the other is yesterday. So today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly, live.
Thanks again, Joan. God bless you!
Skies may hail,
Stars may fail,
Flowers may wither,
People come hither,
Days may pass,
Years will pass,
Will never say die.
Tears may fall,
Roll down the hall,
Buildings may tumble,
Stomachs may rumble,
A city that was,
or countries in wars,
Will never say die.
The world really is timeless. People are born, people die and life goes on and in between that we can pretty much do anything we want. As the Sarcasm Society put it, " You are born, you die, but in between you can do anything you want. It's society that creates rules for us, but you can break out of that." However it is important to note that every action has its consequences, good or bad, so don't do the crime if you can't do the time. I guess what I'm trying to say is Charles Dickens hit the nail spot on when he wrote the most quoted novel opening of all times- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was the spring of great hope, it was the winter of no hope. We had everything, we had nothing. We were all going straight to heaven, we were all going straight to hell. In short, the time was very much like the present, in that everything rested on who you listened to.- timeless, huh? Well, all the best as you cruise through life (trust me, you need it) !