Friday, November 30, 2012
I did it! NaBloPoMo success--30 posts in 30 days. I'm still trying to decide if I want to continue the daily posting into December, but it's really nice to know that I can manage it if I put my mind to it. My goal is to avoid getting hung up on being perfect, and just write more often than I did before this month.
I was tempted to wait on posting about the Gingerbread Cupcakes until I could get a better picture. But that would have taken a while, since I would have been tempted to make more cupcakes first. Since I wanted to take most of them to work but keep a few for us, I increased the recipe by half so I got 18 regular-sized cupcakes. The only ingredient that was a little tricky was the egg. I cracked an egg into a small bowl and beat it to combine the yolk and white. Then I measured out about 25 grams of it to add to the batter along with the other whole egg. It worked out pretty well. Other than that, the recipe was pretty straightforward to follow. My cupcakes took 20 minutes to bake. For the frosting, I only used 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, since I was using high-oil Vietnamese cinnamon. I only ended up adding a couple teaspoons of milk to the frosting, since I wanted it pretty thick for piping. One thing to note is that I didn't have to increase the ingredients for the frosting. The original amounts yielded more than enough frosting for 18 cupcakes.
The verdict? These were definitely a hit at work--and a nice change from chocolate. The cupcakes were quite tasty on their own--nice and spicy--and the frosting was very good, too. The cinnamon kept it from tasting overly sweet. Both the cupcakes and frosting are going on the make-again list.