I find baking therapeutic. I do not do it as often as I used to because I just don’t have the time. And all those baking can only ‘work’ if I had more people around who would eat my baking goods, so I didn’t have to eat them all up my self and avoid gaining 20 kilo a week.
The photo of today is a cupcake I baked yesterday (and finished frosting today) for two of my close friends who come for a visit this Easter long holiday. It’s a sticky date cupcake with caramel frosting. Not the first time for me to make cupcake, but it is a new flavour to try. I’ve always loved sticky date pudding with hot caramel sauce, so once I saw the recipe for this sticky date cupcake, I thought, why the hell not.
The baking was enjoyable, I realised I missed it. I missed being in that state of mind, which was quite hard to explain now that I am thinking about it. Especially for desserts, precision and technique are keys to best results. Cupcake is one of the simple ones, but to get precise measurement on the ingredients used is still important. And you can’t rush anything. If you want to make caramel out of sugar you have to boil for certain minutes, if the caramel is still hot you have to wait before you mix it into your frosting. The whole thing has its own process and pace, it is really something.
I only have minutes to spare before the day ends to post today’s photo. For those who ask whether this cupcake tastes nice, the answer is yes. Sticky date and caramel are the winning combo. You should give it a try.