When Cupcakes and Kindness goes hand and hand.
Hello again! Last week have been a great week for me. Finally decided to buy my very first standard mixer to help me with my baking escapades, yey! I named her Hana D’Mixer, she is a real beauty.
Hi I’m Hana, nice to meet you all!
To practice my baking skills, I’ve decided to start the baking challenge that I’ve been wanting to do for years.
You see, a few years ago I have stumbled upon this little site that list 33 different cupcake recipes. It has great instructions and very nice pictures (that I don’t think I can live up to). This site is a real Inspiration to me, it inspires me to be a better home baker and photographer, in fact when I am sad I just go to this site and look at the pictures of cupcakes, seriously, you can taste the cupcakes though her photos.
The first cupcake in the list is the Espresso Fudge Cupcake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing. You can find the recipe here. It is a coffee-chocolate flavor cupcake with lots of chocolate chips. I can’t find espresso powder in the supermarket so i have to wing it using instant coffee powder. The recipe also calls for cocoa powder, I know I have a lot of left over from my previous bake so I did not shop for it anymore. Unsurprisingly when I am about to start baking I CANT FIND THEM. After turning our house upside down all I found were some Tablea Cacao and some cheap cocoa powder we use to make hot chocolate. I have no choice but to chop and grate the cacao chips and use it together with the cocoa powder that I found. At the end, it actually taste quite good, not what I expected, and people actually liked it! And you know what? After baking and all, I have actually found my powdered cocoa stash! Makes you wonder, were are the things when you needed them the most…
Espresso Instant Coffee Fudge with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing
While taking pictures of my yummy creation, I got two little customers in my print shop, (I have a small print business) they are asking me to print some song lyrics. They gave me Php 2.00 for a photocopy of the lyrics that they already got, I saw the original torn and wet paper, they asked me if I can mend the lyric sheet that they have. The scrawny kids that they are I doubt that they could pay me the regular fee that I charge for editing, but I continue anyways. I felt their happiness when I gave them the new lyric sheet. After almost an hour, the lyrics boys returned, asking for another lyric print again bearing only Php 2.00, and again half an our later. I got curious and asked them if those prints are for their home work… they said no, It turns out that they sing for their past time, one jokingly teased that the other is going to audition for The Voice Philippines, I am so amused because instead of playing video games, this kids sing, children like them are hard to find these days. I remembered me and my sister also used to do this before, printing and collecting all those lyric sheets, singing together, oh the money we’ve spend on computer rentals and printing. I’ve asked them where their money came from, they said it was from going house to house collecting trash and delivering it to the designated collection spot. My respect for those kids rose up to a whole different level. I gave them both Cupcakes 🙂