Baking truly is an art form. I find that some people can bake and it comes naturally to them...and for others...well...they go through a few batches of burnt cupcakes before perfecting a recipe.
I fall in the first category where I change recipes I find in cookbooks and websites all the time and very very rarely do they ever fail. Don't get me wrong, when i first started baking there were a few cakes that fell, or had about 25 toothpick holes in them from me checking to see if they were done. But now...I can say I am pretty confident with my baking skills!
I like to cook...and cooking food is something that I always find I need practice in, but baking is my niche. If I could...I would bake everyday...but my co-workers, husband and butt would all hate me forever. So for now, I will just bake on occasion and make super tasty amazing goodies!
I don't own too many recipe books. My main reason is that I own a few staples that have fantastic recipes in them, or they are given to me as gifts, and I just tend to refer to these same books. This one, is one of my favourites!
This woman is such a fantastic cook (and she has a love affair with butter!)
Her chocolate cake recipe in this book has got to be the best one I have tried to date. It is moist, really chocolaty and pretty easy to make. This time I used this recipe to make cupcakes, only thing I altered was the cooking time and I made a different icing.
But I made cupcakes!! I still baked these at 350F but for 12-15 minutes.
Mix on high until combined and fluffy.
Pipe the icing on your cooled cupcakes and devour!
These were a hit and even the ones I left without icing were all gobbled up!
These can also be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week....if they last that long ;)