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Cupcake Madness: Part Deux

28 Mar

I’ve had the craziest sweet tooth lately, I’ll post some ‘regular’ food soon, but for now it’s still Cupcake Madness! As promised here is cupcake #2 in my Sweet Six. I decided to try something a little different, so I combined some of my favorite ingredients to make these babies. Well, it was more like what I could make with ingredients I already had stocked in my fridge and pantry. So here they are:

Lemon & Cranberry Soda Cupcakes with Lemon-Lime Buttercream Frosting

Adapted from Bakerella’s Vanilla Cupcakes

Cook Time: About 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: Makes about 24 Cupcakes

Ingredients (Little Commentary Needed, Super Easy to Make)

Cake:

3 Cups of Self-Rising Flour – Sifted

1 cup of unsalted butter – this is 2 stick of butter, always at room temperature

2 Cups of Sugar

4 Eggs – at room temperature

1 Cup of Cranberry Soda – I used an Italian Sparkling Soda. Have another soda you love? Try it with Blood Orange Soda, or maybe Pink Lemonade, perhaps Strawberry. The sky’s the limit.

1 Teaspoon of Lemon Extract


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Have a Gaudí Day

24 Feb

On days like this, when it’s cloudy and cold,  I wish I had a magic Genie that could grant me three wishes.  I don’t even need all three, I really just want one.  Take me back to Barcelona, Spain. I traveled throughout Europe last summer, and Barcelona was one of my favorite cities.  For one, I speak the language, well at least Spanglish, and two it’s the perfect mixture of an urban city and seaside town.  I live right outside of Washington, D.C. so that description can technically describe my area as well, but what makes Barcelona completely different is its atmosphere.  The culture is so unbelievably rich, filled with music, theatre, and some of the most beautiful architecture I’ve ever seen.

In fact, I dedicated an entire day, I named it my Gaudí Day, to the work of one of, if not the most influential Architects in Barcelona, Antoni Gaudí.  His work is so amazingly detailed that I could barely capture the beauty of his art in one single shot.

I started my day at la Casa Batlló, a house situated on the famous Passeig de Gràcia, constructed for the Batlló family.  As I walked through the house I couldn’t help but notice all of its intricate detail, like for instance the beautiful blue walls that led up to the roof.  He framed the glass barriers around the stairs, so that at any given point it would give the appearance of moving water.  I still cannot believe that a family lived in this house, as it is like stepping into a fantasy world. Continue reading