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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Black Hole cupcakes!


I figured I would blog the recipe for the amazing Black Hole Cupcakes... They are dark chocolate cupcakes with a raspberry center, with dark chocolate frosting. Seriously, they are SO good.

I'm honestly not sure where I got them (I found them on the internet a few years ago), so if I ever do track down the recipe again I'll post the source!

Here it is:

CUPCAKES: (enough for 24+ cupcakes or 2 9” layer cakes)

2 cups granulated sugar

1¾ cup white all purpose flour

¾ cup Dark Cocoa (Hersheys if you can get it, or the equivalent), sifted

1½ teaspoon baking powder

1½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

½ cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celcius). Line 24 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners

2) whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl. (I sift the cocoa, it tends to clump). Blend in eggs, milk, oil & vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed of standing mixer, high speed of handheld mixer.

3) Pour in boiling water and mix another 30 seconds IMPORTANT: This batter is very thin, like chocolate syrup. The best way to fill your cupcake papers is to transfer the batter to a cup with a pouring spout. I use my 4 cup measuring cup. Or you can use an ice cream scoop, but it is runny. Fill cupcakes 2/3 full. If you overfill they burst and form odd blobs, tasty but unsightly. You will fill at least 24 and have batter left over since this recipe will also make 2 nine inch cake layers. Don't be tempted to overfill, make more cupcakes.

4) bake for 15 minutes until they crown nicely and bounce back when pressed.

5) cool in tins on racks. cool completely before filling

The Filling:

½ to 3/4 cup Good quality raspberry jam or jelly.

Place jam or jelly in bowl. Run a fork through to loosen it up or it's won't pipe properly. If it's very stiff a teaspoon or two of hot water will help. Place in a plastic baggie with a zip top (and if you have one, add a wide-mouth piping tip to help control the flow). Snip a small hole in a corner. Take a sharp knife and make an 'X' in the top of the cupcake going about halfway down and a good inch across. Place the open tip of the baggie in the 'X' and squeeze to fill.

FROSTING:

½ cup (4 oz/100 g) butter

2/3 cup Special dark cocoa

3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional, 1 tablespoon raspberry jam, or replace part of the milk with a flavored liquer

~Melt butter, stir in cocoa, Alternately add sugar and milk and then vanilla.

~If using jam loosen with a fork or heat slightly. Too much jam and the frosting will be too stiff to spread properly. This is plenty of frosting. If you wish to gild the lily, a fresh raspberry on each cupcake will do the trick.

it's because i love her.

It's that time of year again...
Making cupcakes for Pia's birthday (which is on Monday, but we are celebrating tomorrow)

I'm not sure how (or why, really) we got started on this tradition.
Because you know how much I hate baking.
But then Pia asks for those ridiculously good, but labor-intensive Black Hole Cupcakes.
And then I decide I want a 2nd flavor.

And then the 2-day baking extravaganza takes place.

Seriously, it's ridiculous how much work goes into this:

But it's so so worth it.
(And, for the record, the left cakes are Vanilla Bean with purple vanilla buttercream.
They are also the 2nd recipe of vanilla 'cakes I made, when I decided batch #1 wasn't nearly up to my high standards.)
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

gah

This slays me.

I should have painted it on the outside.

Seriously, god help any future children I might have.

amazing

I just read this poem (in one of my new favorite books, if you are into this sort of thing, called "Love Poems from God"... a collection of writings from various sacred voices).

I don't know why but this is seriously speaking to me right now.
So I figured maybe one of you would like it too. (And if not, that's cool, just wait for the next scintillating blog post - coming sometime soon-ish.) :D

Capax Universi - from Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Capax universi, capable of the universe are your arms
when they move with love.

And I know it is true that your feet are never
more alive than when they are in
defense of a good
cause.

I want to fund your efforts: Stay near beauty, for she will always
strengthen you.

She will bring your mouth close to hers and
breathe - inspire you the way
light does the
fields.

The earth inhales God, why
should we not do
the same?

This sacred flame we tend inside needs
the chants of every tongue,
the communion with
all.

As capable as God
are we.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Why I love my mother.

My mother is amazing.



Seriously, one of my favorite people on the planet.



For many, many reasons.



But one of the main reasons? We totally have the same sense of humor. And love for random crap found on the internet.



Like this site: JeanSleepingOnPeople which features pics of Jean Dujardin from "The Artist" (which, incidentally, you still need to go see if you have not yet done this) resting his precious little head on various people... Love it.



Here are a couple of gems:



But the best picture of ALL TIME????



Yes, it's this one.



My mother wins the internet for finding me this beaut:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Denver 4-Eva!

Well, it was an exciting few days around here last week.
We had big plans for Austin.
Connecting through Denver. On Friday. When they were expecting 12-16" of snow.

So that didn't work.
But then Cara got an offer to interview on Monday in CO.
So we did some hustlin'.
And ended up converging in Denver on Saturday morning instead.

And this is how it looked:

I have to tell you, I fell in love.
Big time.
I honestly think I could move to Colorado and be a ski bum and be so happy.

Especially if these 3 are involved.
We didn't do a lot. But the scenery was gorgeous, the North Face was a-flyin', the sky was blue and the Rockies were everything they were made out to be.

Denver, I hope you won't be a stranger...
I want to make out with you a little bit.

Friday, February 3, 2012

WANT x2

I have a mild obsession with high heels. Which you know.
Particularly Christian Louboutins. Seriously, if I win the lottery, I'm pretty sure I will blow it all on his shoes.

Remember these bad boys? Those beautiful teal ones on the oddly-white Beyonce?
They were $800.

They have been replaced by my new faves:



This is the Bollywood collection.
I am obsessed with the bottom right ones.
But in this color:
Oh my goodness, I seriously LOVE these shoes.

The only downside? The cost.
Puts those $800 ones to shame.

Currently selling for $2795.
Yikes.
Better start investing in those lottery tickets.
And a lot of walls to lean against.

Denver Bound?

Well, we are supposedly heading to Denver in the morning.


Which started as a trip to Austin.
Boo. I really wanted to go to Austin.

Mother Nature, and Carquest, had different ideas!

So now we are attempting to meet Cara and Tony in Denver.

If the snow stops. And airplanes start landing again.

We'll see.