My friend’s daughter got very sick last week. She had to be admitted to the hospital and after four traumatizing days for my friend and her family she was finally released to come back home. She is still under observation but she is a trooper and fighting her way through her sickness with a smile.
Since the poor little girl went through so much, I decided to welcome her back home with cupcakes. I remember when I used to get sick as a child, I would crave for something sweet- anything to get rid of that bitter taste that medicines leave in your mouth.
I knew she loves funfetti, well which kid doesn’t? And, I had recently stumbled upon this recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction. They seemed the perfect amount of fun to greet a child with.
Sally uses a vanilla buttercream for the frosting and while I am sure that tasted absolute heaven, these days my latest frosting craze is the chocolate malt frosting (originally by Sweetapolita) I used for the five layer cake. And since I love the combination of vanilla with chocolate, you do get the best of both worlds, I paired these fun funfetti cupcakes with the chocolate malt frosting.
The cupcakes are great on their own, and fun to look at with colorful speckles all over the cupcake. So if you do not want the extra calories, skip the frosting and just make the cupcakes.
But, I’d rather you not.
Instead, I would suggest you have only one, or even half but make sure you have it with the frosting since it is so darn good. Since that’s how it is supposed to be. Because that’s what makes these divine. I can not say it enough, but treat yourself with this frosting now!
And, since these were being made for a kid in mind I made sure I topped each cupcake with a LOOOOT of frosting. <3
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Today is Tuesday. But today, I am not posting on GMT.
Instead I am posting this.
A vanilla and chocolate layer cake with chocolate malt buttercream filling and an amazing vanilla frosting on top.
And oh my gawd, it was so so so good. So good that I had no cake left to take pictures of how the inside of the cake looked.
Its sad because the layers did cut up real well.
It’s a shame I can’t show it though. Can you just take my word for it?
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19th March was our anniversary. For my grandparents it falls on 20th. Confused? You can read more about that here.
20th March (today in the US) is my brother’s birthday.
The V in my blog posts stands for my husband’s name Vikram.
My brother’s name is also Vikram. (No, there isn’t a lack of names in India. It just happens to be that the two most important people in my life are named Vikram.)
The similarities don’t just stop in their names. Their heights are comparable. One is 6ft 3 (the husband), the other 6 ft 4. Personality wise they are alike as well. So are their looks. People have actually congratulated me and my brother for a happy married life during my wedding. Its not something every girl wants.
There is a difference though. While the Vikram I am married to will go for a spinach-celery-lettuce smoothie, the brother Vikram would go for a large oreo double chocolate shake with whipped cream on top and shaved chocolate added for good measure. Of course I go after my brother. After all he and I have the same genes- some call it the fat genes, I call it the only-way-to-live-life genes.
Since we are celebrating our anniversary and my brother’s birthday, I thought to write today’s post on the Vikrams in my life.
Actually, I have written before about the brother Vikram, you can check the post here if you want to know just how awesome he is. I might not talk about you today, but I know you know that I love you a lot.
Today, let’s just concentrate on the husband Vikram, or V as he is known on the blog, since I feel that V never gets too much of my attention.
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I started 2012 with a resolve to make more layer cakes.
So, I made the sky high carrot cake for two (which turned out great). Then, I made the momofuku birthday cake (which had a few mishaps but tasted great nonetheless). In between the two, I made the lavender chiffon cake again for my for my friend’s birthday in March. And then there was the mascarpone meringue layer cake thrown in as well.
But, three layers had been the furthest I had gone with my layer cake resolution.
And then came this cake.
The original cake is a two layer cake with oodles of oreo cream cheese frosting in between. But I decided to go big and made a four layer, very chocolatey cake with an oreo cream cheese frosting. Did I hear someone say yum? You betcha, it was!
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Yes, I know I missed another GMT this week. And I also know most of you would have not noticed, but I will still give an explanation for the absence!
I have such a backlog of recipes, that I thought I would attend to those first. Also, I was waiting for WordPress support to answer a query of mine before posting anything. But since they do not seem to be replying anytime soon (Hello, WordPress support, are you listening?), I thought I will post anyway.
And I am not lying when I say I have a backlog of recipes- there’s today’s post, Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl Copycat recipe, Tomatillo Salsa, Bbq Chicken Tacos, Apple Pie Tartlets and a Cottage Cheese Cake recipe in the pipeline. Not to mention a zafrani chicken recipe one of V’s colleagues requested me to try. Yes, some one has been busy in the kitchen.
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So I have been strumming my fingers on the keyboard for a while now.
I am in a dilemma about the recipe I am posting today.
Should I share this recipe
spare you from the depression
the knowledge of this recipe would cause.
In case you have resolved to get back in shape this new year,
I warn you to NOT read any further.
Nothing can be done about me.
I have been in on this knowledge,
there is still saving grace for you.
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