Attempting Chocolate!

Hello!

So the other day I baked cupcakes. Again. But these ones are chocolate cupcakes, my first time making cupcakes that aren’t vanilla. And it’s not like I found a chocolate cupcake recipe, oh no, I decided that it would take too long to look a recipe up and just adapted my white cupcake recipe which I have practically memorized. It wasn’t hard to put a little less flour, and a little more butter and milk to adjust the recipe to the extra chocolate powder. Personally, I haven’t had one yet, but the uncooked batter was delicious.

The texture of the cupcakes was a little more mousse like then my white cupcakes.

The texture of the cupcakes was a little more mousse like then my white cupcakes.

The chocolate cupcakes took a little longer to cook, but that could be because I filled the cups more so as to have bigger cupcakes. According to my dad I need to fill them some more then next time I make cupcakes.

DSC_0004

For my next batch of cupcakes, I was thinking about making both chocolate and vanilla batters and putting both batters into the cup to bake. I have to wait until all of these cupcakes are gone, though, since that would essentially be a double batch of cupcakes.

Aren't they all so pretty?

Aren’t they all so pretty?

The original vanilla batch is getting a little dry by now, but they are still good and still cute!

Have a good day!
Rachel

Advertisements

Cupcakes!

Hello!

So, today I decided to bake some cupcakes in true PinkiePie style, and they turned out delicious!

They didn't rise as much as the recipe said they would...

They didn’t rise as much as the recipe said they would…

I’ve only heard that they are delicious, though, since I haven’t tried any myself, yet. I’m waiting for the icing to be done to do that (I thought we had icing sugar, but we don’t, so I’m waiting until we get some and put it on the cupcakes to eat one. And maybe some food dye, too.)

My Aunt was over helping me a bit, reading me the recipe and offering advice about certain things regarding baking in general. Like, the fact that she mixes her egg(s) and milk together before adding them to the rest of the ingredients. It was also an adventure, since today I used an electric hand mixer for the first time. I would have sworn that when I put it in, all the ingredients would go flying around the room. They didn’t, and I almost feel sad about the fact. Though grateful I don’t have to clean it up.

A view into the oven while the second batch baked; that's my dad's mini pizza.

A view into the oven while the second batch baked; that’s my dad’s mini pizza.

I only got two batches out the recipe, which is less then last time, but the actual amount that the recipe said it would make. I just don’t normally pay attention to that kind of stuff on a recipe. Though I didn’t really follow this recipe, which is just for plain white cupcakes, to the letter. I substituted the granulated sugar for brown, we didn’t have any vanilla, and I put other things like cinnamon and nutmeg in it.

Finally, after a 10-12min baking period (which surprised my Aunt) the last of the cupcakes were done!

Finally, after a 10-12min baking period (which surprised my Aunt) the last of the cupcakes were done!

I’m going to finish off this post with a song from MLP! The cupcake song! XD

EDIT: And with Icing!

I quite enjoyed drawing on these cupcakes their various squiggles. :)

I quite enjoyed drawing on these cupcakes their various squiggles. 🙂

The icing was simple to make, just icing sugar, butter, milk and vanilla. It takes great and applied super easily. I started with the idea of just covering them all in icing, but it didn’t take long (3 cupcakes to be exact) for me to get bored with that and start drawing different designs and patterns on them. A smaller hole in the ziplock bag’s corner would allow for more intricate designs then I was able to manage this time.

Aren't they all pretty? And I have icing left over for the next time I bake!

Aren’t they all pretty? And I have icing left over for the next time I bake!

Enjoy!
-Rachel

Funding Baltimare to Manehatten

Hello!

I know you’ve all heard about our big trip planned this summer, and I am so excited for it, but all the things that need to be done before we can go cost money. Lots of money. And since I’ve been out of a job for multiple months now… you can see why I’m concerned about this. I have a job now, and I start it in little under two weeks, but that still means that I’m starting from scratch in creating my cosplay, paying for al the hotel rooms, flights, and then there’s the money I’ll need for food plus any merch I may want to buy. Spending money I feel will be a necessity.

In an effort to be able to afford all of this, I have opened an etsy.com store called Tea and Cozies. I looked around my room and realized that I had a lot of yarn just laying around, so I decided to make it into products, which are mainly going to be small and cheap to ship, to sell. I realize that I will not make enough money to fund the whole trip, but if I could get my spending or food money out of it, I would be ecstatic!

I’ve also decided that a portion of all proceeds from the store will go to my local bethel of Job’s Daughters International, which I’ve talked about before in another post. This decision was made in an effort to increase the amount of patterns that I can sell in the shop, since a lot of them ask for them not to be used for personal gain, but for private use, gifts, and charitable events. I was thinking about it before, but that made the decision easier. I am still asking for permission to use some patterns, mainly the ones that don’t specify, and that is taking a lot more time then the actual making of the patterns.

If anypony wishes to support me in my adventures to Balitmare and Manehatten (THANK YOU), then please visit my shop. 🙂 I am thinking about selling some stuff on craigslist, but that’ll be in an effort to avoid shipping costs, which are insane. Please do not feel pressured in any way to help me with this trip, that is not what I want anypony to feel.

Thanks, and happy moments to you all!
Rachel

Baltimare to Manehatten

Rachel and I are planning a trip!

This summer, the first week of August we’re going to Baltimare (Baltimore, MD) to go to BRONYCON. That’s right, we’re going to a My Little Pony Convention. And then, since we’re going to be in the area, we’ve decided to go check out New York as well.

There’s about a million things to do before we can go. We’ve got flights to book, and a hotel room to get in Baltimare (that we will hopefully share with others going to the Con) as well as one for NYC. We’ve got to figure out what we’re going to do in NYC and I have to get a passport (handed in the forms today, but it will still probably be another 2-3 weeks until I get it). Not to mention getting actual passes for BronyCon and getting our cosplay outfits together. Good thing we still have a lot of time to do it in.

I can’t wait, but it seems like it’s even farther away than it really is. I still have papers to write and exams too – and then there’s still 3 months to wait after all of that is even done!

We’ll keep everypony updated as our plans progress, but right now I’m just busy being ridiculously excited.

– Kali