Monday, February 14, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes and Change


I'm not one who lives and dies by daily horoscopes but every once in a while I check mine-you know to see if it says you are going to win the lottery then I know I should buy a ticket !  Seriously, it's fun to check in every once in a while and what a nice surprise I found in it  today. This was my horoscope for Valentine's Day:

Creative projects that you may have been working on for a while could prove especially ego boosting, Cancer. You're doing a great job. A change of employment and increase in income may be in the works. If you don't feel passionate about what you're doing, expect the chance to become involved in an enterprise that you do feel strongly about. New ideas and opportunities could change your life.

 The "feel passionate about what you're doing" jumped out at me. For the past few months I have been on a path in that direction and hopefully,fingers and toes crossed, it will come to fruition. 


I don't mean to leave you hanging but that's all for now about change and pursuing one's passion . I know that I am on the right path and really I didn't need a horoscope to validate that -it was just a nice surprise that the planets are aligned with my way of thinking !


What do Chocolate Chip Cupcakes have to do with change ?  Nothing other than they start with the letter C .  I just love chocolate chips in anything and was very excited that this was the cupcake selection for Martha Stewart Cupcake Club.  The Baking Sisters are hosting the event this month. I joined this group to experiment more with cupcakes since I don't do much of them on my own and this group drives me to commit to at least 1 cupcake baking session a month.  I'm trying to expand my baking repertoire to experiment more out of the boundaries of cook books but to do that I have to train myself in the basics.  Joining a baking or cooking group is good practice and a great way to exchange ideas with other bloggers. You learn what works ,what doesn't work and new little creative tricks and tips.


This is a light and airy cupcake with a delicious chocolate frosting-one of those you bite into and immediately go into that mmmmm zone. I thought a little sprinkling of Fleur de sel would be a nice finishing touch and it was. These are also very deceptive, they are so light you think they must be harmless but beware - more than one of these and you better oil up the treadmill. You can find the recipe at Martha Stewart along with the dark chocolate frosting.


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12 comments:

Alwayzbakin said...

They look beautiful. LOVE your cupcake liners.

bellini valli said...

I hope all of your stats align Sandy!They were certainkly shining when you discovered these cupcakes.

Rebecca said...

Yours look beautiful. I really like the look of those cupcake wrappers. Thanks for baking along.

Janine said...

OH...the Fleur de Sel was a great idea. Great pictures. Now I'm going to check out your red velvet whoopie pie post...that sounds great

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

your frosting looks great!

Simple Girl said...

Hi Seattle Pastry Girl! Welcome! Thanks for baking with us! your cupcakes look absolutely delicious! I agree that the sprinkling of fleur de sel gives it a very sophisticated touch. Good luck on your endeavors!

Simple Girl said...

Hi Seattle Pastry Girl! Welcome! Thanks for baking with us! your cupcakes look absolutely delicious! I agree that the sprinkling of fleur de sel gives it a very sophisticated touch. Good luck on your endeavors!

Cristina - Teenie Cakes said...

Sandy...I'm glad your planets are aligned and that something is in the works for you - but you're leaving us hanging. :( What are you up to? Patience, I know...patience. =)

What a cute idea, this cupcake club. It is nice to join baking/cooking groups. I'm looking fwd to more of your cupcakes. I wish I had one of these choco-chip ones you're featuring, right now!

rebecca said...

pretty pictures!

The phrase that jumped out at me (I'm a Cancer too) was change in income... But there's no way I'm changing my employment... Oh well!

looking forward to hearing about your pursuit of what you feel passionately about!

Elaine said...

I'm so thrilled for you that you are following your passion! The cupcakes look wonderful.

Seattle Pastry Girl said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments-you encourage me to do better every day.

PhDcupcaker said...

Great idea to add the Fleur de Sel. I absolutely love the salty sweet combination. That is why I love the sea-salted caramel mini cupcakes in Martha's book so much.