Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dark Chocolate Cupcake and Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

 I stumbled upon a website known as "How to Reboot your Life."    The author talked about how he  or she have been mentally stressed and felt unhealthy.   With it, he also mentioned several tips on how one can fix all the unhealthy holes contributing to declining health, he called the process as "life reboot."
I'm sure everyone had those moments when we could just simply click on the button "Restart" or "Reboot" when things aren't happening the way we expect them to be.    But there isn't, we simply go on with our lives, either focused on the future or being held up with our past, which includes all the mistakes we did.
You can of course follow Thought Catalog and some other self help books that are widely available.  But have you considered counting your blessings instead and taking time to thank God, that you still have it, the life, where you can decide right now and right here whether to take the next best steps or to still soak on negativism, never knowing when it will it end.
Gastronomy by Joy isn't all food and happiness, it was brought about by certain areas in the author's life that pushed life away from hell and started to accept that life is tough and you just got to learn how to live it.
From pains and struggles, celebrations follows, inspirations came and bounty overflows.
Aside from faith and love, we overcome and thus we celebrate.   Also, in times when we need to get our hopes high, I cook, I bake, we eat, we take pleasure by reveling with it. 

Last December, we almost had our Christmas at the hospital.   My daughter who has Diabetes had been stricken with Dengue.   We could not blame anyone for this.   I guess we just needed to find another good reason why it had to happen to us and to her.
But, God is miraculous!  He comes most often, on the right timing and though the purpose of it all is still unanswered, we just gave it all to Him.   And indeed, He overcame, as always.  Proving that He loves my daughter so much that she needed to offer a trickle of blood in return for Jesus' life and our faith to blossom some more.

So you see we celebrated even in simple ways.   And one of those simple ways is through my baking.  Thus, I share with you this easy-peasy  recipe that I always use, but made finer tweaks just so my DM daughter and in-laws could also take pleasure with it.

I made these cupcakes for New Year, since I lost a lot of time preparing for Christmas.  It's hard when someone in the family is at the hospital and you don't have someone to take care of the kids left at home.
So I told myself we will definitely have a good New Year's eve/day meal.   So for dessert I made these delectable Dark Chocolate Cupcakes from my usual moist chocolate cake recipe and topped it with raspberry cream cheese frosting.

Dark Chocolate Cupcake and Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 cups cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar or Ideal (Low G.I)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cubed or shredded dark chocolates or unsweetened chocolates
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. Combine all ingredients into large mixing bowl. Mix at low speed for 30 seconds, and scrape bowl. Mix at high speed for 3 minutes.
  3. Fill liners 1/2 to 2/3 full of batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

For the raspberry cream cheese frosting:

12 oz frozen raspberries
juice of ½ a lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
For garnish (optional):
Fresh raspberries


  1. looks soo yummy! I want to try making one for my niece and nephew! :)

  2. ;-) nakaka bilib naman yung faith mo. uu you're right. even in good things we receive daily, we must celebrate and be thankful. love that cupcake by the way.

  3. Thanks deary! Ika nga, everyday is a day of special chances and a day to show God's goodness in our lives... Thanks for liking my cupcakes, btw :)

  4. sugar rush!:p
    the fresh raspberries look luscious!

    Carne Frita


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