You know that feeling you get after having taken some exams and you get home and don’t know what to do with yourself? I feel a bit like that this afternoon. My house is suitably de-cluttered after this morning’s yard sale and I am not pressurising myself to make any more cake this weekend.
Yesterday I made FIVE batches of cupcakes. It was only supposed to be three but in my haste to complete a bulk load in record time I used the wrong flour. My sugars and flours live in the cupboard above my kitchen scales so I weigh one ingredient after the other putting stuff straight back in there. I’d grabbed the plain flour by mistake, forgetting I’d just bought some new self raising that was sitting on the table. Because I was doing a mixture of mini and full size cupcakes I thought I’d spread my mixture too thin and didn’t realise that it wasn’t rising very much. Urrgh.
So I had to make one more mixture each of vanilla and chocolate. That’s a lot of cupcakes. And actually, I did salvage the “dud” batches because one chocolate batch did rise ok and the non-rising vanilla ones were still ok to do as strawberry cheesecakes (dense sponge = cheesecake base style cupcake?!) Fortunately I have my new boxes from ebay to put them in and my new kitchen shelves to put them out the way while I work.
The cupcakes were being shared between a local National Childbirth Trust Nearly New Sale and the yard sale I was holding in my front garden this morning. I made the following: