RE:Framed Appreciation for Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Cupcake with my signature Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Peanut Butter Cupcake with my signature Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Baking requires time, patience and dedication. The end result? Something worth being proud of.

"How long," demanded madame, composedly, "does it take to make and store the lightening?" "It does not take a long time," said madame, "for an earthquake to swallow a town. Eh well! Tell me how long it takes to prepare the earthquake?" "A long time, I suppose," said Defrage.

“How long,” demanded madame, composedly, “does it take to make and store the lightening?”
“It does not take a long time,” said madame, “for an earthquake to swallow a town. Eh well! Tell me how long it takes to prepare the earthquake?”
“A long time, I suppose,” said Defrage.

Sometimes I feel that when people bake, the time they spent in making the item goes unnoticed. In my last post I had a Cupcake Give Away and it took me forever to decide what to make. I spent hours searching for the perfect recipe and when I decided to make Peanut Butter Cupcakes, I had to make sure no one allergic to nuts. I went around asking people, “Hey. So, are you allergic to nuts….do you like peanut butter?”

And they looked at me like I was asking the random-est question in the world. I didn’t want to say what I was making because it was supposed to be a surprise! Continue reading

RE:Framed: Hunger, Thankfulness and a Cupcake Giveaway!

It was prevalent everywhere. Hunger stared down from the smokeless chimneys, and started up from the filthy street that had no offal, among its refuse of anything to eat. Hunger was the inscription on baker's shelves, written in every small loaf of his scanty stock of bad bread...

“It was prevalent everywhere. Hunger stared down from the smokeless chimneys, and started up from the filthy street that had no offal, among its refuse of anything to eat. Hunger was the inscription on baker’s shelves, written in every small loaf of his scanty stock of bad bread…”

 

Cupcakes can grab anyone’s attention. Especially when people are HUNGRY! Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities” talks about how so many families go hungry and the whole city seems to be filled with walking “dead” people.

No one in any of my classes that I know of (HOPEFULLY) is dying of Hunger, but Hunger doesn’t just kill us. It makes us desperate. Everyone can relate to being desperate because everyone is desperate for something; jobs, grades, getting accepted into their dream university, or an A on that one math test I took two weeks ago.

Its so depressing that the people in the book are so desperate  for food that when a wine cask of wine spills, they rush to drink some and even give babies wine! Babies aren’t supposed to drink that!!! But what can the families do if there is no food on the table?

That makes me feel so thankful. I have problems, but I never have to think of going to bed hungry at night.

So in Honor of my English class reading this book, I want to have my first Cupcake Giveaway!

To Earn a Chance to Win a Free Cupcake, you must:

  • Be a Student (Mr. Theriault is the exception)
  • Be in Mr. T’s English Class
  • Love Cupcakes (that’s easy)
  • Tell me which cupcake is your favorite from the picture above 🙂

The first FIVE people to comment get Cupcakes on MONDAY DEC. 9TH 2013

The cupcakes you’ll get won’t be the ones in the picture above, but they will be good. Trust me.

I’m planning on having more in the future so lets see how you guys like this one!

Khanfectionately,

Zainab

RE:Framed: Capricious Cookies (and teachers)

Macarons Collage 2

I’ve been baking for so many years but I made macarons for the first time ever today. Do you want to know why? Lack of confidence.

I’ve been wanting to make them for a long time, but I let other people influence me.

A lot of people told me:

“Its waay too hard. I made it like 4 times and I failed each time”

“I’m an experienced baker and I messed up on macarons”

I almost didn’t make them because I thought “what’s the point? I’m going to fail the first time anyways”

Thats when my sister told me “if you don’t try this first time, when will you succeed in making them?”

That gave me confidence and pointed out the obvious, I just had to start somewhere to end up anywhere.

After watching at least 600 videos online and reading 20 different recipes with different methods, I decided to give it a go. Continue reading