the cupcake monster

Berlin spent the month of July teasing me with the possibility of cupcakes. After having celebrated my Birthday this year with cupcakes, cocktail dresses, and tea, I decided that cupcakes need to make more of a regular appearance in my life and, especially, in my mouth. Moving to Berlin seemed to incorporate this decision perfectly. The city has a sweet-tooth for all home baked wonders. In fact, not only does it have a sweet tooth, but it also a small cupcake shop next to Zionskirche, the perfect destination after a Sunday afternoon spent rummaging through the flohmarkt for vintage sweaters and fresh-squeezed orange juice. However, on my first attempt to satisfy my cupcake craving I was not greeted by a hand-sized cake. Instead, my craving was stopped short by a sign saying that the cupcake bakers were on vacation. My stomach felt empty, but my senses told me that patience was all that was needed. I marked down their return date and left with the anticipation of early August cupcakes. Early August I returned, but once again there were no cupcakes, only this sign. This repeated each Sunday after flohmarkt hunting and orange juice drinking. My Sundays were missing cupcakes and so I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Well, I have no muffin tin. I also have no money to buy a muffin tin because my wallet has been seduced by flohmarkt sweaters and fresh-squeezed orange juice. However, this was no obstacle. Living in Denmark taught me that cupcakes do not need muffin tins; they need only muffin liners, very strong liners. A rainy Friday became the perfect background for cupcake baking. The timing was perfect, just in time for the Birthday of twins.

These are the cupcakes I made. Epicurious was my first inspiration, fresh ingredients from the Turkish market was my second. My hands never follow a recipe that closely, but these are the ingredients that went into my much craved cupcakes. I learned that Danish muffin liners are stronger than German ones and so unless one is drinking øl in the land of viking beauties, I recommend using a muffin tin.

Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Icing
-4 medium carrots, shredded
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
-a pinch of salt
-1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
-1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
-3 large eggs
-1 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup unsalted butter
-1/4 cup apple sauce
(-a handful of dried cranberries)
(-a handful of toasted walnuts)

-1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
-granted zest of one orange
-fresh orange juice, 1/4-1/2 of one orange
-1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
-1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 185C. Whisk together dry ingredients. Mix together in a separate bowl butter, eggs, apple sauce, brown sugar and vanilla. Add carrot (and dried cranberries and toasted walnuts). Stir in flour mixture. Scoop into a muffin tin/ muffin liners. Bake 20-25 minutes.



a rose is a rose is a name

Welcome to my collection of recipes, words, tea cups, and dresser drawers - a collection rooted in mixing the elegant with the ridiculous, the obvious with the hidden - a collection that I hope will inspire.

person: I am barely tall enough to reach the wine glasses on the top shelf. However, years of bending and stretching in ballet classes taught me how to properly stand on my toes. I sleep with books under my pillow and wear lingerie at inappropriate occasions. I consider the kitchen to be the most important room in a home. This is why I like to decorate mine with deer stickers, cardboard cut-out trees, maps of cities, and empty bottles.

place: A one bedroom apartment in West Kreuzberg. A month ago I was rich and in Copenhagen. Now I am poor and in Berlin. However, this gives me enough time to make granola with maple syrup, an ode to my native land, and become an expert in German beer, both of which conveniently do not require wine glasses from the top shelf.

thing: A thing or things, singular or plural, a sentence will not do. This documentation of inspiration does not intend to be tidy. Besides, fragments are exciting because they require much more from the eye. A list - a grocery list, a wish list, a to-do lists, a reading list - is often suggestive enough.

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