Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

This is another delayed post due to school. I do enjoy school and my internship, but together they take up to much time. I need a little time for a creative outlet or reading and right now i do not have that. It is not a necessity, but it keeps me calm and mentally healthy. It is sort of my way of staying in touch with the world around me. There will always be more responsibilities, and I am slowly learning how to manage my time so I can keep up with my responsibilities and have some productive time to myself, every once and a while. At the moment, my free time seems to collect at the end of the day and I just end up watching Avatar: the Last Airbender as I go to sleep. I am too tired to put effort into anything else, but I don't want to go straight to bed. 

Over spring break James and I made Martha Stewart's Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Nicole and Owen. It was great seeing Nicole again, since I hadn't seen her since the beginning of winter break. Our time in the kitchen was a rather ridiculous adventure. We were all too distracted catching up to pay any attention to the food, but somehow Nicole managed to get the cupcakes out of the oven on time. 

As a chocolate person, I have a hard time committing to sweets that do not contain ridiculous amounts of dark chocolate. However, I am very grateful Nicole talked me into making these with her. They were scrumptious! They reminded me of Easter.  I had a sudden urge to decorate them with pastel colored frosting in big swirls, like soft serve ice cream. 

The cupcakes themselves were soft and fluffy, without falling into the trap of being full of air. The amount of cinnamon was just right, but almost overwhelming. When I was scoffing down the cupcakes, I felt like I was breathing in the powdered cinnamon on top of a latte. I could feel the cinnamon all over my body, but the strength was masked by the cupcake itself, which I am grateful for because inhaling straight cinnamon is actually quite painful. I would reccomend these cupcakes for any light get together. Perfect for spring, these cupcakes remind me of a fresh start. 

Unfortunately, we forgot about frosting and we didn't want to go to the store so we tried to make our own with half the ingredients. As foreseen, the icing didn't quite work out. However, with the addition of vanilla extract and cinnamon, the icing turned into a marvelous dipping sauce. James and I took half the cupcakes home, where I ended up eating them as muffins, and I believe Nicole's little brother ate the rest. 


Thank you Nicole for the wonderful evening! I can't believe it's been over five years since we met in P.E. at Redwood High.

And in case you were wondering, when Martha Stewart makes them this is how they turn out.

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