I finally made vanilla cupcakes with real vanilla beans... and errmm... I don't get what the excitement is all about actually.... for one... I don't quite like the real vanilla bean smell.. it smells kinda intoxicating and gives me a headache! And in terms of the flavour in the cake... I couldn't smell it at all! So, I really don't know if I'm doing it all wrong or what the hoohaa is all about... The ones above were frosted with non-diary whipping cream... not vegan at all... (I have the recipe for vegan buttercream but have been procrastinating.. in case it fails)
So finally today, I decided to bake a batch of choc cupcakes and do some cookies n cream frosting... The texture of the frosting is good but I found it a little sweet for my liking... G thinks it me... but I think the flavour should stand out more than the sweetness... hrmm.. needs a little tweaking... I also feel that my piping skills need a lot of work to reach the more commercial standards... now... it looks rather amateurish. However, the real icing on the cake for me was when I gave some of these cuppies to my tuition kid. His mum was puzzled and wondered why I bought them some cupcakes.. I told her I made them myself and she was very surprised because she said they looked really nice! Yeah!
Lately, my posts have been quite vegan oriented.... G and I are now moving towards vegetarianism. I think for me it is really for ethical reasons... I don't want to support industries that farm animals in poor and abusive conditions just so that we can consume them. I also feel that I have little control over what goes into my meat, i.e., all the hormones, antibodies and crap that they feed animals... So, we are going vege-friendly.... So, I made some vegetarian beehon last night.... very yummy and super easy... no more pesky waiting for meat to cook... heck... if these dishes are undercooked.. you get more nutrition!