I initially started making cupcakes because I wanted something to snack on. I also wanted something other than cake to share when the occasion calls for it. So the search began for a quick and easy cupcake recipe. Sure, I could have purchased a packet mix off the shelf (nothing wrong with that). But I wanted something to make from scratch. I also wanted it to be gluten free so my friends who don’t eat wheat wouldn’t miss out. After scrolling through some of the recipes, I clicked on Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes by the Healthy Chef and wished I could have rung a bell for victory. Yay. I found a recipe I could make from scratch. Not only are the cupcakes gluten free, but they are also low in fat. Double yay.
A friend and I taste tested the first batch I baked and we concluded they were delicious as they were. I was pleased with my efforts. Not bad for a novice (back then). Rather than adding icing to them, we experimented with what else could be added to them. She handed me a piece of chocolate to try with the next bite of the cupcake I was eating. I felt like I was on a cloud of happiness. We both agreed chocolate chips/pieces and the cupcakes make a perfect combination. Now when I make the cupcakes, I add the choc chips to the bowl just before mixing all the ingredients.
When the cupcakes are in the oven, I’m reminded of a bakery with freshly baked bread and the chocolate factory I visited a few years ago. That chocolate factory is the same place I order the choc chips from. I couldn’t just use any choc chips. It wouldn’t feel right. Not when I’m making something to call my own. I also find the whole process of making the cupcakes therapeutic in some ways. It’s enough to put me in a euphoric mood.
That positively good mood has extended into the feedback about the cupcakes received thus far. People have said they are “delicious”, “yummy”, “divinely delightful” and “better than laughter but only just”. I must be doing something right when someone tells me they loved the cupcake they had a week or so earlier. That definitely put a grin on my face. Someone else suggested I enter the Great Australian Bakeoff. I’m not sure when the deadline is for that. But I might consider entering a baking competition or something similar. Watch this space.