Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Like Riding a Bicycle

The phrase "it's like riding a bicycle" is probably not one I should use to describe something I do, having never quite mastered the art of bike-riding. However, when it came to getting back to baking after being away from it for almost 3 weeks, the description was pretty accurate. All of last week I was pretty jet-lagged, but when Lauren asked if I could make 2 dozen cupcakes for her coworker, I jumped at the chance to get back to baking. Her coworker was throwing a party for her husband and wanted 1 dozen cookie dough and 1 dozen chocolate mint chip.

The baking process went pretty much like it always does for me - midway through mixing one of the batters, I ran out of an
ingredient. In this case, it was cocoa powder. Fortunately, there's a convenience store up the corner from me, but it's always a pain to have to leave what I'm doing for an ingredient run. As it's getting warmer out, I realized it's going to be more and more uncomfortable to bake in my kitchen being as we don't have air conditioning.

I think cookie dough is shaping up to be my favorite flavor I make and not just because I can eat the leftover cookie dough while I'm baking. I like the unexpected surprise of finding a cookie baked inside your cupcake.

Finished cookie dough cupcakes


Anonymous said...

I tried baking some of those, but for some reason there was a big air pocket in the middle of my cupcakes right above the cookie. It still tasted fine, but I'm not sure where it came from. Do you have the same problem?

Tara said...

Hm, I don't have this problem. First I scoop into the cup a small amount of cupcake batter, I press the piece of cookie dough into this and spoon another small amount on top. Try banging the cupcake pans on a counter to settle the batter.

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