Monday, April 20, 2009
cupcakes and vanilla
Last week I made chocolate cupcakes with orange buttercream frosting. The one above is not exactly what I'd call a model cupcake. It's messy and looks as though it's been tossed around a bit. But it was the only one left, so I guess that's a good sign that they were tasty. I'm really happy with the way the big cupcakes turned out. It had been so long since I'd had a really good gluten-free cake that I was starting to think I had to accept the grainy packaged stuff. But these were so tasty! I also made mini cupcakes of the same thing, but I think I may have baked them too long and they weren't as moist.
Just so you know, that's the last time on here that I say that word. It's on my list of gross unspeakable words. From this day forward, it shall be referred to as "the M word". Let's hope that all my cupcakes in the future are nice and M word.
I just bought a mega ton of mason jars so I could start making my own vanilla extract. Right now, I have more beans than booze, so I need to go buy some Smirnoff red label vodka (because it's gluten-free!) and fill up a few more jars so I always have a good stash on hand. Homemade vanilla extract really does taste so much better than store bought, and turns out to be a lot cheaper.
So now I have one mason jar for vanilla, and Julian is using one as a jail for his bad guys. Lots more jars left....maybe more mason jar projects? I've got a good one I'll be posting about soon.
What do you do with mason jars?