Last week was very hectic. You can ask at your own risk, but be warned... you will be drowned in endless stories of our chaotic last week. I wanted to post the cupcakes early last week, but, well... Anyway, better late than never!!! Last week almost teen was her creative best in the kitchen. It all started with blog-hopping on her part, with a lot of "Oh, look at this!" and "Wow, look at that!" I was NOT in the mood to bake anything. Almost teen begged me to, but "tomorrow" was my instant response. So almost teen took matters in her own hands and announced that she was making the cupcakes. Obviously, my motherly response was "no". But after a lot of persuasion, and 'I'll do everything, mom, I promise!!" it was all decided that almost teen was going to bake, frost and clean up... it was certainly a tall order, but she did surprise me!! Cupcake, check; frosting, check; cleanup, check... !! Well the only time I did get up to help was to put the cupcakes in the oven and to get them out - am not ready to have her use the oven all by herself yet. And yes I did help her taste too :))
So, what age did you guys started to help/work in the kitchen. Well (sheepishly) I was almost fifteen ..I was too lazy to try a cup of tea let alone cook something. I would spend countless hours in the kitchen, narrating stories to my mother and sub - consciously absorbing the whole process of cooking...!! And the best part, my mother never pushed me.
Here is almost teen in action
Martha Steward's chocolate cupcake
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Well My fault here - I should have told almost teen not to use shallow mixing bowl to cream the butter and sugar....(sorry !!) Well the result - we had butter flying all over the kitchen. It was easily resolved with some bounty and laughter. Almost teen was back in action, undeterred.
The butter-fly moment :)))
2 cups whip cream
3-4 tbsp unsweetened coco powder
2tsp instant coffee powder
powdered sugar to taste
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Whip cream until stiff peaks form, fold in the remaining dry ingredients one at a time followed by vanilla extract. Use cool cupcakes to do the icing for obvious reasons. Almost teen used frosting deco pen to help her frost, easy to work with :))