This recipe isn’t necessarily just for Valentines Day. I mean, as much as I hate to admit it, not everyone holds the capacity to eat a whole batch of cupcakes. No, not even me. But if you are one person, and you can make two moist, chocolatey cupcakes with just enough frosting to decorate it AND spoon the extra, why make any more?
The sweet, berry-filled frosting combined with the delicious richness of the cupcakes really does take these to a whole new level. If you are making them for Valentines Day though, I worn you. You might not be able to share it with your soul mate… legit. If they aren’t your soul mate, I wouldn’t even consider sharing them.
So the Big V is coming up. Flowers, chocolates, rainbows, heart-shaped assorted candies, the whole lot. And while I am just waiting for it all to go on sale 😉 , the Big V is definitely officially here. So for this post, parents and assorted family friends, stop reading here, and beautiful non-related readers, keep reading 😀
With V-Day comes all the hearts on the big screen and relationships surrounding me in every TV show (even Phineas and Ferb). How can I not ponder romantical questions right? So let me start my musings.
Firstly, I am 19 and not in any form of a relationship. Is that weird? Am I an abnormal teenager? Considering I have seen SO many people be in relationships since, literally, I hit fourth grade (yeah, I know kids are cray), is it weird that I still am not all that fussed by it?
Sure, I am not going to lie to you, I am definitely curious. What would it be like to committed to another person? I mean, in the relationships I see (I mean the actual ones, not the drunken hook ups 😛 ), people have to talk and spend time together everyday. Well, maybe ‘have’ is the wrong word. ‘Want’ is the right word.
Have I ever met someone I want to hang with everyday? Well, excluding family obviously, I guess my best friends, but even then sometimes, I just want to shut off my messaging, my texting and just spend the day with me, myself and I. So I guess that answers that question – I certainly don’t think I have ever met a guy I would be willing to chill with everyday.
Ugh. Does that make me selfish? Do I subconsciously have guy cootie phobia or something?
Wait, can I even use ‘hang with’ when it comes to a boyfriend? Or am I supposed to say ‘be with’ because ‘hang with’ sounds too friend-like?
And then, from what I have seen in some relationships, there is so much… ‘gushing’. I am a dry, sarcastic person who (not even deep down), loves seeing people getting together. I ‘ooh’ and I ‘aah’ and I absolutely 100% mean it when I hear gorgeous stories! (no sarcasm here!)
But at the same time, if a grand/tiny romantic gesture ever came my way, I would get super awkward and uncomfortable. I am not a pretty crier readers, truly, I am not. And I have the worst ‘I’m so embarrassed’ smile in the history of forever. Legit 😛 Even if I got flowers, I think my face would swell up like a tomato.
No pretty blushing here!
I know I sound uber unromantic now, but I’m not, I promise. I’ve watched the Titanic and cried my fair share of tears in literally every single romantic comedy in the world. I listen to Taylor Swift. I have watched the dozens of crazy cool marriage proposals where people flashmob and lip dub and all that. I think the Eiffel Tower is hella romantic, despite its cliche-ness.
Ok, maybe if I want it to sound romantic, I should stop saying hella romantic 😛 But I am your average basic girl in this regard! (emphasis on the basic here)
And yes, I have had a few crushes in my life. Not recently (which is weird, because uni right?) and more crushes on celebrities than on ‘normal’ people to be frank, but yes, I have had all the crazy ‘what if you met…’ discussions with my girls as well. I’m truly not abnormal in that sense.
So then is taking an ‘it’ll happen if it happens’ approach too laissez-faire with relationships? Am I meant to give everyone a shot? Am I meant to put more effort in here?
I’ve been asked out last year, might be this year, but I didn’t say yes because I didn’t feel anything. At all. Am I being picky? Should I have taken a chance to see what happened? My friends said I should have. But I felt like I couldn’t be bothered.
So maybe I am just not mature enough to have a ‘relationship’. Maybe having fun is more my speed right now? I don’t mind that 😉 (I told you family friends/parents, you should have stopped reading!)
Honestly I swear, all this romance business is just difficult. I guess if it were easy though, then we would all eventually end up meeting our soul mate and having a white picket fence with 2.4 kids right?
Give me a dog-friendly apartment complex any day 😛
I guess what I am really asking you all is ‘how did you do it’? Or how did it happen? From the incessant amount of blog stalking I do (not even ashamed by the way), I hear your stories and so many of you sound happily in relationships/married, which is excellent! 🙂 So what’s the secret? Is there a secret? Or am I ok to just not care all that much about relationships like I do right now? 😀
Anyway, that’s my basket load of questions. If anyone wants to help 🙂
I hope everyone who is into Valentines Day has a fabulous day tomorrow, enjoying your loved ones and all the romantical shenanigans you will get up to! ❤
For all those like me, just waiting for the chocolates to go on sale, well, get a head start on the eating binge with these cupcakes 😀
A tout a l’heure mes amis!
Nutella Berry Cupcakes For Two
Adapted from: The Comfort Of Cooking
- 1/4 cup self-raising flour (SRF)
- 3 tbs brown sugar
- 2 tbs salted butter, browned (or canola oil)
- 2 heaping tsp dutch processed cocoa powder
- 3 tbs Nutella
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbs full cream milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 3 tbs butter, softened
- 1/4 cup mixed forest fruit jam, non-chunky
- 1/4 cup + 1-2 tbs icing mixture/sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tsp full cream milk
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line a cupcake tin with 2 paper liners.
- In one medium bowl, mix the butter, nutella, milk and vanilla essence together. In another, whisk the SRF, brown sugar and cocoa powder and baking soda together.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ones, stirring till just combined and liquidy.
- Divide batter evenly between the cups till around a little over 3/4 full.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let cool on a wire rack while you make the frosting.
- Frosting: In a medium bowl, beat butter and icing sugar till a smooth, creamy mixture forms. Mix in the forest jam, essence and milk and beat till incorporated in. Add in a tsp more icing mixture if the mixture seems too liquidy.
- Pop the frosting into a piping bag and push the nozzle into the middle of the cupcake and pipe out a little bit (I cut out a bit of cake and smooshed it back on)
- Then pipe the top of the cupcake and decorate as desired!
- Devour with whomever is special enough to share it with! 🙂
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