Don’t get excited (but I am!). I stepped outside my comfort zone and bake! It has always been my plan to start baking and it took me this long. Whew! I had googled lots of baking recipes, even asked blog friends for tips and recipes, don’t know what else in between before I finally got the courage to bake. Of course, I started with the easiest – simple vanilla cupcakes.
The verdict? The kiddo loves ‘em! (But for him… I’m the best cook in the whole wide world!)
I made pretty decent chocolate muffins, too, and I’m quite confident there will be more happy baking days ahead!
75g (2.64 oz) Softened butter
75g (2.64 oz) Caster sugar
88g (3.09 oz) Self-raising white flour
2 Small eggs
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C for about 10 minutes.
In the meantime, line a 12 mini-cup cake pan with cake liners. Put all ingredients in a large bowl except for the eggs. Crack the eggs into a cup and beat lightly with a fork. Pour into the mixture and beat until smooth and creamy. Using ice cream scooper, fill in each cake liner until 2/3 full.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until risen. Allow to cool for few minutes then decorate as you wish. I am a rookie and still s*ck big time at making icing (yeah, I tried) and so I ended up pouring some chocolate syrup and sprinkled nonpareils on ‘em. Still yummy I bet ya. The cake texture is just right…
I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dadâ€™s teen â€˜sous chefâ€™ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard â€˜turo-turoâ€™ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.
My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.
Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.
7 thoughts on “ISKAndals Bakes!… Vanilla Mini-Cupcakes”
yay! at last ka-is! i bet your bottom dollar you’ll get hooked! looks good for my breakfast now!
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very VERY attractive and really looks yummy even without the sprinkles. i am SO~ asking more of baked goodies and articles from you! congrats iska! *applause*
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Iska, congratulations! Those look really delicious! Sure ka first time mo lang mag bake?
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Yup, those are my first cupcakes ever! Just finished big ones last night with real frosting this time… yey!
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Oh yum! Perfect, just in time for Halloween too.
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