Hey, everyone! I know it has been far too long since the last update, and that’s all on me. Life has been really busy and crazy for the past year, and there will be more updates to come eventually. Today, I wanted to share a big accomplishment that I have recently achieved.
If you have seen any of my social media in the past few months, you may know that I have started to dabble in baking. What started with watching cake decorating compilations on YouTube has now turned into a major form of stress relief for me. I felt inspired to try baking myself and since then, I have tried a few different cupcake recipes, a no-bake cheesecake, and a simple vanilla cake. This week, after going a full two months without an oven, I finally got a new oven and completed the big experiment that I’ve wanted to try for a long time: salted caramel chocolate cupcakes!
This experiment is a huge deal for me for a number of reasons. First of all, everything in these cupcakes was made from scratch. From the chocolate sponge, the salted caramel, down to the buttercream frosting made with salted caramel. I came up with this idea after watching several tutorials from Cupcake Jemma on YouTube, particularly her masterclass video on making caramel. Every recipe I used was created by her, so I put them all together to make this delectable treat.
Before this, I had never made caramel from scratch before. I knew it wouldn’t be easy and it took me a couple of tries to get it right, but I was really amazed at how well it turned out. I ended up using it on some ice cream before I could start on the cupcakes. Now that cupcakes are completely done, I still have some left over. Until I finish it off with a spoon, anyway…
I’ve had some practice with the cake and buttercreams in the last few months, but this might be the first time I was really proud of a batch of buttercream. Getting the temperature of the butter and the consistency just right can be tricky. As for the piping, I’m still learning the right techniques, but even this looks tons better than the past cupcakes I’ve made.
I brought some cupcakes to my work to share with coworkers and they really enjoyed them. One said it was the best cupcake he’d had in a long time, and another said it was a good balance of salty and sweet. I’m glad that this experiment turned out so well, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with my friends as soon as we can meet up.
Despite this being a huge achievement for me, this will certainly not be the last one. There are plenty of other recipes I am going to try, and maybe if my skills go up enough, I can make my own recipes. I will definitely be making these again, and I may even try to make this into cake when my mom comes to visit next month!
That’s all for today. I’m really proud of myself and the end result, so I wanted to share my success. I will try to continue updating this as much as I can if not for others, then at least for myself. I still believe in my skills as a writer and I will not let life get in the way of the things that make me happy. Thank you for reading.
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