|Pound Cake Cupcakes|
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.