Busy as a Bee

I was eating breakfast when mom called outside to check out these swarm of bees. Good thing they did not stung me and cooperated to have their photos taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

When it comes to cupcakes, I have noticed people raves about red velvet cupcakes. I got curious in making them. It made me more determined to bake them when my friends and I watched Dark Knight Rises last August. There were homemade baked goodies being sold in the mall. I saw these red velvet cupcakes and they looked so delicious but I opted to get a Sans Rival since the red velvet cupcakes costs $2.50 just for a small piece.

Last week, I was able to get all the ingredients that I needed for making these special cupcakes. But instead of frosting it with the usual favorite cream cheese, I made vanilla frosting instead. Recipe used was adapted from Hummingbird.

Cupcakes

(12 cupcakes)

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp cocoa powder

3/4 cup sugar

4 tbsp butter

1 egg

1/2 cup buttermilk (1/2 cup fresh milk add 1/2 tbsp vinegar)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 tbsp red food coloring

1 1/2 tsp vinegar

Procedure:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter

3. Mix in the egg, buttermilk, vanilla extract and red food coloring until combined.

4. Stir in vinegar. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.

5. Pour the batter into cupcake liners.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

7. Frost the cupcakes with vanilla or cream cheese frosting when cooled completely.

 

 

 

Creamy Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients:

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Procedure:

1. In a medium saucepan, whisk the flour into milk until smooth. Place over medium heat and stirring constantly, cook until mixture becomes very sticky and begins to bubble.

2. Cover with wax paper placed directly on the surface and cool to room temperature.

3. In a large bowl, on medium high-speed of an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually, beating continuously until fluffy.

4. Add vanilla extract and beta well.

5. Add the cooled milk mixture and continues to beat on medium high-speed until very smooth.

6. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Frost the cupcakes. šŸ™‚

 

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What to do with the Daiquiri?

I got this bottle of strawberry daiquiri before I went to Manila for a two-month stay with my sister. When I came back home, I was surprised the daiquiri was still in our fridge. I cannot drink all of it so I thought of making strawberry daiquiri cupcakes. šŸ™‚ This would be my first time to bake with some alcohol as one of the ingredients and I hope it would be delicious as all the rest of the goodies I have baked in the Wonder Pot. I was not able to get fresh strawberries for the mixture so I replaced it with strawberry yogurt with bits of real strawberries.

Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter

2 egg whites

2/3 cup daiquiri mix, liquid

1/2 vanilla extract

1 cup strawberry yogurt (or strawberry mixture)

Procedure:

1. Blend all dry ingredients together.

2. Cut into butter and fold in egg whites until batter is combined.

3. Take the daiquiri mix and stir until moistened, finish by folding the strawberry yogurt and vanilla until well blended.

4. Pour evenly in cupcake liner.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter

4 oz cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Procedure:

1. Cream the butter and cream cheese together until combined.

2. Add the vanilla extract and mix.

3. Add the powdered sugar, continually taste to get desired sweetness.

4. Piped into cooled cupcakes.

 

Passion Fruit Cupcakes

I was planning to do strawberry daiquiri cupcakes for this week’s bake in wonder pot project but Mom requested to use our newly harvest passion fruit instead. I do not know any passion fruit cake recipes so I have to get the recipe from my trusty friend Google. I came across the website http://www.taste.com.au. I had few recipes bookmarked but decided to try passion fruit meringue cupcakes. Good thing I have already the ingredients I needed for the cupcakes. Unfortunately, no more eggs for the meringue.

I remember ten years ago when I first tasted passion fruit what came first to my mind was the taste of my favorite orange juice when I was a kid. Come to think of it, the manufacturer might have use more of the passion fruit juice than orange juice.

For those who have no idea about passion fruit. It is round to oval, either yellow or dark purple at maturity, with a soft to firm, juicy interior filled with numerous seeds.Ā Fresh passion fruit is high in potassium, beta carotene and dietary fiber. Passion fruit juice is a good source of Vitamin C.

We had the yellow variety.Ā I volunteered to wash, cut and get the pulp out of the fruits. Dad only need the juice. He wants it stored for future use. In order to prevent early fermentation he added sugar and boil the mixture. You can also make passion fruit wine.

Passion fruit cupcakes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/3 flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup passion fruit pulp ( the original recipe called for 1/3 cup only)

Procedure:

1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs and vanilla extract for 3 minutes or until mixture is combined.

2. Add passion fruit pulp. Beat until the pulp is fully combined with the mixture.

3. Spoon mixture into paper cupcakes.

4. Bake for 20 minutes or until it pass the toothpick test.

5. Stand in pan for 5 minutes, then, transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

We had also some papaya so I madeĀ passion fruit papaya shake as well.

Passion fruit papaya shake

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped papaya

1 cup passion fruit pulp

5 tsp sugar

ice cubes

water

Procedure:

1. Using a blender, put the papaya, and passion fruit pulp.

2. Add the ice cubes and sugar to taste.

A tasty and refreshing snack for a very humid afternoon.ā™„

 

 

PassionĀ fruit Cheese Cake

 

Atis

My father approached me one day and showed me an atis. He said take a photo of this, it has a protruding part like a tail.

The family love this fruit except for me. I have nothing against it but I am just not a fan of its sweetness. Even the black ants love the atis, as seen in the photo above. Don’t get me wrong I have a sweet tooth but I cannot explain why I am not loving this fruit. Nevertheless, I am happy watching my mom and dad enjoying atis every time we have a harvest.

Atis is also called sugar apple, sweetsop or custard apple.