Monday, August 5, 2013

Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

I know, I KNOW! It's been forever since I've baked and blogged. I don't even have a reasonable excuse(unless you count lack of funds). It's summer and the only thing occupying my time is part time retail and one summer class. I apologize to anyone who actually reads this blog, I really do.

Moving on--

A friend recently let me borrow Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. I devoured it! I've never been much of a fan of his super direct journalism-esque prose, but something about picturing him with Hadley in Paris, drinking a bunch of wine and whiskey really made me forget about his style. He's poor and all he wants to spend his money on is wine and bread. All he wants to spend his time doing is making love to his wife, drinking and writing. Kindred spirits, Hemingway and I.

My first instinct was to make huge super whiskey-ed up cupcakes topped with chocolate. A cupcake a man could eat without feeling any less manly. But then I remembered I don't really like whiskey, so I moved on to his second favorite drink--wine.

Before he was well known, he spent his tiny journalism salary on cheap beer and wine--again, something I can relate to. So I found a recipe for sweet white wine cupcakes! I used Riesling but I bet Mascoto would be delicious too. Then I used wine and white chocolate in the frosting as well.

They came out a very sweet, but if you know me, you know I don't think a little extra sugar every hurt anyone.

Enjoy!



“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” 



“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.”



“You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”



“Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary...” 



“I was young and not gloomy and there were always strange and comic things that happened in the worst time...” 



“My,' she said. 'We're lucky that you found the place.'
We're always lucky,' I said and like a fool I did not knock on wood. There was wood everywhere in that apartment to knock on too.” 



“By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better.”

Happy Baking, everybody!

--Ariel

Saturday, May 25, 2013

My Apologies

Hi all,

Once again, I've been ignoring my baking and blogging duties for school and work duties. I know haven't gifted you with cupcakes in quite a while, but I HAVE been reading! In fact, I'm about half-way through the next book and even more exciting news--only a week of school left before it's officially summer!

I've also crafted a long summer reading list and I hope to get back to updating every two weeks.

So please, if you actually read this blog, hang in there.

Happy baking!

-Ariel

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Kit-Kat Cupcakes

It's been way too long since the last time I uploaded some of my cupcake creations--things have been hectic. But seeing as today is the last day before I start school again, I thought I better give you something to look at.

They aren't really related to any book I've read recently (unless you figure in that Kit-Kats were my favorite candy bar growing up, and I've been reading a lot of memoirs about childhood lately, but that's a stretch). Basically, I've just been craving chocolate lately and while I hate to stray away from what this blog is for, I thought I could still share the recipe and a few mouthwatering photos with you!

I got the recipe from here: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/desserts/crunchy-kit-kat-cupcakes/

But like I usually do, I played with it a bit. I added a few sprinkles of just regular sugar to the batter and coated the bottom of the liners with powder sugar. I think doing this makes them taste more homemade.

I did, however, make a rookie mistake of cooking them too long. I did 23 minutes, peeped in the oven and thought they still looked too gooey. I ended up with slightly burnt bottoms, but still completely edible and delicious cupcakes! The kit kats on the inside are really what make these awesome!




(I also ended up with a lot more cupcakes than 12--not sure how that happened exactly!)

Happy baking!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Anna Karenina

I've been struggling with the design for these cupcakes since I started reading this book a few months back. Since the book is so complicated, with several abstract themes (adultery, farming, etc.) at first I was simply going to attempt to recreate the flowers on the cover of my edition. But then I stumbled across a recipe for White Russian cupcakes and Kahlua butter-cream icing. So instead of decorating them by the book, here's a toast to all things Russia! Also, I'm sharing the recipe because these are too delicious to keep to myself!


"If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.” 


(No, these cupcakes will not get you drunk, but the White Russians you make from the leftover ingredients, will.)

“I think... if it is true that 
there are as many minds as there 
are heads, then there are as many 
kinds of love as there are hearts.” 


“Love. The reason I dislike that word is that it means too much for me, far more than you can understand."



I saw some recipes online that included mayonnaise--don't ask me why. I decided to go with one that didn't make my skin crawl. Here's the link:  http://www.rachelleb.com/2012/01/13/white-russian-cupcakes/

I added A LOT more Kahlua in the frosting than it asked for, but that's just because Kahlua makes my mouth drool!

Happy baking!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Coming Soon!

          I apologize for the lack of deliciousness recently!

          I've finally made the move to Savannah and in between getting settled and making sure I've got a job and money for school, I haven't had the time to be creative about the new cupcakes.

          I am currently reading a new book however and I PROMISE you will have new awesome cupcakes tomorrow! I don't want to spoil the surprise but here's a hint: I can't make the cupcakes today because it's Sunday, and the liquor store is closed on Sunday. Curious? Come back to tomorrow and see what's going on.

          Until then, here's a bouquet of cupcakes I made recently as a 'Thank you for the graduation present and Christmas present' present made with yellow cake and strawberry icing!