This Just In: Chocolate + Coconut, Chocolate + Cinnamon Both Equal Delicious!

7 04 2009
As I was taking this picture, my boss walked by and looked at me funny. I told him to quit judging me. And he did.

As I was taking this picture, my boss walked by and looked at me funny. I told him to quit judging me. And he did.

I get bored with my normal baking routines, but I am also terrified of failure. Mainly because in the kitchen that means I’ve wasted food. Since I am apparently a Depression-era child, I hate wasting food. So I tend to keep my food experiments on the tame side. For 2 different baking experiments, I used a good ol’ fashioned chocolate cupcake recipe (use your favorite. Shit, use a box mix for all I care. JUST DON’T WASTE ANYTHING EVER.) and throw something delicious in there. For my first experiment, I used some coconut extract along with the vanilla, and then topped it with a coconut buttercream-ish type frosting. I made THAT by making a boring old frosting with butter and powdered sugar, throwing in some more coconut extract along with the vanilla (srsly, vanilla + coconut gives me a food boner), and tossing in some sweetened shredded coconut for good , delicious measure.

 

For my next boring experiment, I made the same chocolate cupcake recipe, but tossed in a bunch of cinnamon and a dash of cloves to make half-assed Mexican chocolate. Oh, I also threw in some almond extract, but I think for next time I’ll use 1/4 tsp coconut flavor. The almond and chocolate didn’t jive with me so well.  What really made these food-boneriffic was the chocolate glaze. (I used Elinor Klivans’ recipe, but any decent cookbook should have a recipe). There, I just threw in some more cinnamon and, again, just a dash of cloves for a kick. They looked adorable and tasted some sort of yummy. So the next time you have the wild hair up your ass to bake, why not break out of your mold? Try some peppermint extract (divine in brownies) or coconut extract in VANILLA cupcakes. So long as they all get eaten and NOTHING GOES TO WASTE, you have been a major success. Instead of the giant failure you usually are. Wait, what? HAHA, just kidding!

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