4.13.2009

A cupcake to share

Pound Cake Cupcakes
Writing a food blog is a learning experience. I have learned many aspects about myself, my family, my friends, my online foodie friends, and my cooking. I started writing my blog for myself as a way to keep track of my recipes that I make for my family. Along this journey, I have amassed more than 200 recipes and continue to learn about myself each day.

I have discovered that if you make good food in an inviting atmosphere, they will come. People love food. People love good food. The food should be good food, not expensive and stuffy food. People are most comfortable eating a sweet and spicy pulled pork sandwich on the tailgate of your car or sitting around the picnic table with a pot of steamed clams, mussels, kielbasa, along with sourdough bread. They want to roll up their sleeves, dig in and enjoy the food, the drink and the company. Ask your guests what you served them the last time they came over, and they will most likely not remember. Not that your food wasn't good, but this is not in the forefront of their minds. They will not remember if you spent 2 days preparing the meal, and they don't want you to spend so much time preparing the food. What will remain in their memory will be whether they had a good time at you table. Did they laugh? Did they feel welcome and comfortable? People like a warm and welcoming gathering and having good, uncomplicated food is the icing on the cake.

I have discovered that there are many different types of cooks in the world. Some are fancy, smancy with a little bit of a snooty air about them. They take their title of "Chef" very seriously. Others love to bake albeit cupcakes, muffins, cakes, cookies, or brownies. Their baked goods are works of art. Some are intimated by cooking and need a nudge to try a new food or recipe. Some love to grill and barbecue. Some have found comfort in making casseroles. Some tinker with recipes and never make the same dish twice. I discovered that foodies are very friendly. Food brings people together. And when it comes right down to it, it is just food. Making food should be fun and not a chore. It isn't rocket science. Sure there are some aspects of cooking that are more difficult than others. But, it is about making good food and sharing with people that you love. That should be the most rewarding aspect of cooking.

I have discovered that no matter how unique and earth-shattering I think my most recent post is, someone has probably already made, tasted, photographed, and published my latest and greatest creation. With thousands of food blogs on the Internet, bloggers are blogging about the same recipes and cooking techniques that I am. Undoubtedly, food is a very important part of our lives. With my blog, I try not to just retype published recipes. Hopefully by following my posts, readers will try a few new recipes or learn a new cooking technique. By using fresh ingredients with simple techniques, cooking will be a joy.

Sharing food is central to my love of cooking. I offer you a recipe for Pound Cake Cupcakes. This is one of my good recipes. A basic dense, buttery cupcake. Bake a batch and share them with your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, the garbage men, or just about anyone you with which you come in contact. The world a better place if we all just shared a cupcake once in a while.

Cupcakes to share

Pound Cake Cupcakes

makes about 24
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
4 extra large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 sticks of butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with foil cupcake liners. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a bowl of a standing mixer, combine the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Blend for about 4 - 5 minutes or until thoroughly combined. With the mixer on low, drizzle in the melted butter and continue mixing until combined, about 2 - 3 minutes. Add the flour mixture in 2 additions. Blend until just combined.

Fill each of the cupcake papers about 2/3 full with the batter. Bake for about 18 - 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan then remove and cool on a baking rack.

25 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Hooray for sharing!! :-)

Maria said...

Great post! The cupcakes look fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!

Patsyk said...

Great post! Those cupcakes look wonderful!

MaryBeth said...

YUM...I love pound cake and I have never thought to make it into cupcakes. Great Idea!

Paige said...

Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Paige said...

Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Dawn said...

ohhhh must try these for sure as I love a good poundcake, but I think when it's in cupcake form then there is more of the semi-crunchy topping. YUM

kat said...

Yum! cupcakes!

Amy said...

I just found your blog on my friend's blog today. I love it and am excited to make dinner tonight! Thank you!

thecookingnurse said...

Looks great, I have a bunch of farm fresh eggs so I will give this a try!

Donna-FFW said...

What a fantastic idea to turn poundcake into cupcakes.. I am so going to try these. Awesome idea..

Debbie said...

What a great idea. I am such a sucker for a good pound cake...Now I have to try these....

Linda said...

These sound wonderful and simple...which is usually the best recipe! Thanks for a nice post.

Lori said...

Thats a good idea to share it with the garbage men (and ladies). I always say hi to them because I want them to notice that I notice them and want them to know I appreciate them. I guess this would be the best way!

All true what you wrote. 99% of the people that are foodies are really nice. I guess it kind of goes together- food and nurturing.

Dragon said...

I'm just glad that I discovered you. :)

Annie said...

Yes blogging is learning, I agree. Love pound cake and the cupcakes look delicious. Thanks for the recipe :)

teresa said...

Great insight, I completely agree with you. The cupcakes look delightful!

Michelle said...

you had me at 3 sticks of butter. I love pound cake and never thought of trying it in a cupcake. probably because I have so many different bundt pans. These look great and I can't wait to give them a try.

Elyse said...

It's true: you made the food and I came to your blog :) I love all of your food!! And these poundcake cupcakes are totally delicious. Man oh man, I love poundcake. What a great recipe!

Robin Sue said...

Amy I think all your recipes are GOOD recipes. Great idea to do pound cake in a cupcake. You are right- everyone loves food and just digging in. Fancy is good but we do like the roll up the sleeve meals best.

amandalouden said...

love the poundcake cupcakes and your post!

Angela in Texas said...

I made these last night and topped them with a coconut cream cheese frosting that I found in a Martha Stewart magazine..GOOOOOD!!! The frosting is just 8 oz cream cheese, half stick of butter, 1 cup confectioner's sugar, and 2 tsp pure coconut extract...in case you wanted to know! =) Thanks for the many yummy recipes!

Ghislaine said...

I made red velvet cup cakes this weekend and they remind me of yours but just red. I used this recipe http://www.howcast.com/videos/139827-How-To-Make-Red-Velvet-Cake and they were soo yummy!! I didn't like the cream cheese frosting however, might put chocolate frosting next time.

Anonymous said...

It is very interesting for me to read that post. Thank author for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I would like to read a bit more soon.

Anonymous said...

Made these...had to sample 7 of the first 12 just to make sure I really really really (really) liked them.

Yup! Yummy.