I'm back! *whips out apron; scurries around the kitchen, pushes and stacks UNI exam notes aside* Yay!! I'm so glad it's finally over! I hope I did okay for all of my papers, but I'm pretty sure I'll make it thru to next semester with ease. SO that's good news *all smiles*
Baking is my favourite thing to do when I'm happy or when there's a reason to celebrate. We will be having a couple of friends over tomorrow for an "after-exam-celebration"! I'll probably be busy cooking up a storm in the afternoon, so look out for another party-spread post up in a couple of days.
The inspiration for these cupcakes came from a very creative and adorable monkey. I'm not kidding...it was a monkey! LINK. He's extremely witty and charming; would love to meet him for a big hug one day! *sigh*...I'm a child....A small kid trapped in an adults body*blush*. Most people tell me the way I look often contradicts with the occasional childish personality I portray. I guess I think its fun to be a goof once in awhile...I don't deny that most of my cake creations and imaginative ideas often are extremely immature! I should make an "adult" cake/cupcake one of these days! Haha......or on another train of thought; maybe I should just embrace the child in me....don't most people enjoy looking at adorable and funny things which remind them about how it was being a child? I know I do, that's for sure.
I'm going to share with everyone a deep dark secret of mine....SPuddy....*laughs hysterically* It's a stuffed toy which I have been attached too for almost a decade now! I bring it everywhere! I probably couldn't fall asleep without it. I'm actually quite embarrassed of how much I love this stuffed animal of mine...but I tend to only go crazy and talk to it behind closed doors...*whoopz...said too much* haha...It joined me in the kitchen as I baked and took photographs today.I didn't have much time to waste in the kitchen tonight. I swiftly made a simple batch of almond chocolate cupcakes from scratch and popped them in the oven. I made a small bowl of buttercream with 60gms of softened butter beaten with 250gms of sifted icing sugar. This was spread over the cooled cupcakes to form a flat-ish surface. I then piped the eyes of the panda with a piping bag filled with 100gms of melted dark chocolate mixed with 2 tbsp's of cream to form a thick paste.
The eyes and nose of the panda was done with inverted chocolate chips and the ears were merely chocolate coated peanuts stuck to the edges.Pipe the mouth on with a scoop of butter cream coloured with a few drops of red colouring.