Monday, December 12, 2011

"To see a world in a grain of sand,



And a heaven in a wild flower,



Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,



And eternity in an hour".


William Blake


Chocolate Cupcakes

The other day I decided to bake chocolate cupcakes as little Xmas gifts, and have to say they came out really cute and really tasty!!! I was so impressed!! So if you too would like to try out your creative skill on something a little different this Xmas, here is the recipe for how to make chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate frosting! They make great deserts for any occasion and are perfect if you are entertaining, for afternoon's tea and coffee!

Enjoy and happy baking!! :)

Ingredients for about 12 cupcakes:

200g Flower
60g Chocolate powder
190g Sugar
1 Tea spoon baking powder / or 1/2 sachet baking powder
150 ml Milk
2 Egg Yokes
60g Butter
Small cake decorations

Ingredients for white chocolate frosting:

250g Icing sugar
250g Unsalted butter
Tea spoon vanilla extract
200g White chocolate

Cupcakes

Mix all the wet ingredients together: eggs, milk and melted butter.

Mix all the dry ingredients together: flower, sugar, chocolate, baking powder.

Now mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones in a bawl.

Pour the mixture into small cupcakes dishes and place in the oven for 15/20 minutes at 180 C. After baking use a toothpick to check if they are ready - if the toothpick stays clean they are done.

White Chocolate Frosting

Mix soft butter in the mixer, add icing sugar and continue mixing, then add vanilla extract and finally add melted white chocolate (needs to be cool). Mix everything together well.

Decorating

Now the real fun part begins!! Once the cupcakes are ready, let them cool down, then start decorating them with frosting toppings and other small decorative bits such as flowers, hearts, patterns and anything you like! Have fun!












Monday, December 5, 2011

Milan Art Tour

Yesterday we had our Milan Art Tour! We were a group of 12 people and luckily everything went well! It was a good day and we managed to see quite a lot! Definitely the highlight was Leonardo's Da Vinci's Last Supper, it was truly amazing, I just loved it so much!! So worthwhile!!

Unfortunately although I did bring my camera, I did not get a chance to take many photos of the sites nor the group, as I was quite busy getting tickets, finding our way around the sites etc..etc that taking pictures was not really a priority! But definitely something I will have to make more time for the next trip...

The train journey to Milan from Zurich was quite long - about 3 hours 40 minutes each way - but luckily that was also not too bad as we had reserved our seats in advance and the company was great - we had some really interesting conversations that kept us busy along the way- as well as the scenery was really beautiful! Thus overall, even the train ride has been an enjoyable part of the day!

I had prepared a snack for everybody, I am quite proud of how I packaged it :) it looked really cute in the little transparent bags I put them in! And everything was colour co-ordinated in Orange, my studio-gallery colours - I know I am an orange addict, I love it! :) Everything looked really nice and the people seemed to also have enjoyed it! My husband prepared some homemade focaccia and Sheethal, one of my students, had also made a lovely chocolate cake!!

I have also prepared a little book with some information about the places we visited as well as hired some guides for some of the sites such as the Last Supper and Castle.

Thus, overall I am really happy with how everything went, I will have to organise something like this definitely again!