This year, we celebrate each of our birthdays together for the 6th time! We started dating while he was 18 and I was 17, and boy, did time fly. From college kids who once (emphasis on the once) cut classes to go on a spontaneous trip to Tagaytay (can’t do that now though, because work), fast food dates in between academics and extracurricular activities and saving up for two months so we could go to Manila Ocean Park - to paying bills, shitty working days, ditching fast food dates for restaurants and actually saving up our hard earned money to go on actual trips.. It feels so weird knowing that I have been part of a quarter of C’s life and have transitioned with him from the carefree teenage years to (somewhat more) adult life. It’s a good weird kind of feeling though, because I know I would not mind spending the rest of our birthdays together (..and all that comes with that territory hihi). #KESO

After the baking spree that happened (C’s birthday cupcakes!), I surprised C by going to their home in Laguna. He knew we will be having dinner for his birthday but unaware that I took the whole day off from work. Hihihi. It was raining like crazy on his birthday and I was in a skirt with 2 dozens of cupcakes in one hand and an umbrella in another. I had to call him to pick me up from a waiting shed. He thought I was joking. :D

We were supposed to go out to eat but it was raining really bad that we decided to order from McDonald’s drive thru (C loves his nuggets!) and simply went on a movie marathon at his house. However, we had to leave soon after that since I insisted on making the arrangements for his birthday dinner. We both have not been in a bus together since we last went on a trip (to Pagbilao) and it was nice to actually get to lay my head on his arm while I nap. I rarely get to do that now since when we go out, he’s usually driving. :)

And yes, I brought him to Sofitel’s Spiral - my birthday treat for him! We spent three hours EATING. You read that right! Haha! We usually spend a maximum of an hour and a half inside buffets because we get full easily. For some reason, even after our three hours of throwing both our diets out the window, we didn’t feel that bloated. It must have something to do with the excellent service that brings me tea (and coffee for C) whenever we ran out of it in our table. :)

The Comeback of Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

So another cupcake that made a comeback for C’s birthday are the ones I made also for his birthday back in 2012

I realized I never posted a behind-the-scenes kind of thing for that one, so here goes. I originally got the idea of putting in the cookies inside the cupcake that way from one of my baking idols, Bakerella.

I used my recipe for chocolate cupcakes though and simply added Cream-Os to the equation.

I had some extra batter because the existence of cookies meant you can put a little less batter in each so there.

I had my brother Tristan crush some of the cookies with a mortar and pestle. :P

Mixed in the crushed cookies with the frosting..

I actually practice piping on the scraper before trying it out on the actual cake or cupcake.

But it got a little messy and involved a spoon, so meh.

More cupcake adventures here. Check my baking adventures here. :)

Sniculoos Cupcakes (Speculoos Cupcakes with Snickers filling topped with Speculoos Butter Cream and a piece of Snickers)

And I’m back with another baking related post which I know you guys all love (because if you don’t, I would have to wonder why you still follow my blog as baking has taken over MOST of my life haha).

I never really sell Sniculoos cupcakes as I’m not a huge fan of the spread myself. However, I remember making a Snicker-y (not an adjective but stay with me on this) treat for C a few years back which he loved. Dad loves this spread though and we have it in a variation of flavors at home.

I thought that the flavor might complement Snickers instead of Caramel so I went on with that hunch. Hihi

There were a lot of taste test that went on with the batter because I was stubborn and did not go on Google to search for Speculoos cupcake recipes. I did go to Google for this e-card though..

http://mamamash.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/salmonella-my-ass-im-eating-the-batter.jpeg?w=640

I really want to buy a new cupcake pan. I only have four at home and it’s such a hassle when I’m baking by bulk (TMI, anyone?).

There were some texture issues though as you can see. I have fixed the recipe already as of writing, but for C’s birthday, it had to do because I was making this a few hours before we were supposed to meet up. Sigh.

Snickers party!

Good thing said issue was concentrated in the middle of the cupcakes as I placed a hole in the middle to put the Snickers in. The ones I’m selling though, I bake the Snickers directly inside. :)

And have I mentioned how my mixer broke down? Hand mixing frosting is one of the best arm workouts, I tell you.

My favorite part about making cupcakes/cakes or anything that needs something piped is.. yes, piping the frosting. Not eating, not mixing, not making fondant. Just piping frosting. :)

Since I cannot give any of you a cupcake, indulge yourself with the photos of the finished product below. Mehehehe

More cupcake adventures here. Check my baking adventures here. :)