vanilla cupcakes with espresso icing, and a rococo chocolate coffee bean as deco. another Big G recipe, but the recipe i have in the book is not the same recipe on the web. i followed the one in the book, and >gasp!< for the first time, the end product didn't look like the ones in the book! so maybe the web recipe is the correct one? i'll just have to try it to find out. the ones in the book are pretty good, though--vanilla-ey, fine crumbed and light,with just enough heft to give it body, but not enough for you to mistake it for a muffin. the icing was simply made with a couple tablespoonfuls of hot espresso mixed with a helluvalotta powdered sugar until smooth, then liberally drizzled on.
someone recently remarked that i don't care about my cupcakes, and while i wholly agree with that as an analogy regarding my attitude towards food and cooking in general, in fact, cupcakes are pretty much the only thing i bake that i do care about. i am on the quest to create unequalled cupcakes. i don't know why. i think it's partially because they are manageable to eat, so therefore must be manageable in perfection*. and i think it's because i want to be the next amy sedaris of the cupcake set. i know i have a long, long way to go, but i guess it's better than wanting to be jerri blank.
*which is to say, perfection for *me*, which is not very perfect at all.