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iMac Cover and Cupcakes

My daughter turned 20 years old yesterday. Gosh it only feels like a few years since I had her - doesn't time fly insanely fast...

She had a great birthday and I got to spend the day with her making cupcakes and a full roast dinner with yorkshire pudding and gravey. YUMMO. Of course we ate too much and I went to bed suffering from an achy tummy...

As part of her gift I made her a cover for her large iMac screen. I used a top quality imitation leather from Warwick and stitched one of her favourite graphics on it - the union jack. It looks bad-ass cool!




On extra special days we make this too-good-to-be-true amazing frosted cup cakes. I made them for the first time on her 18th birthday and they have quickly become our favourite. The recipe calls for a lot of butter and sugar, but if you're only making them occassionally you can get away with it. Well, thats what I tell myself...


I found the recipe off the internet but can't for the life of me remember where. Here is the recipe for anyone with a special birthday coming up....


Frosted Cupcakes
Cake (makes 24): 
2c Flour
2c Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
4T (heaping) Cocoa
250gm Butter
1c Boiling Water
1/2 c Buttermilk (1/2T white vinegar + milk)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Vanilla 
Frosting:
5T flour
1c milk
1tsp vanilla
250gm butter
1c sugar
Colouring (optional)

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Set aside
In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.
Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.
In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.
While the cakes are baking start the frosting. Begin by pouring 5 tablespoons of flour into 1 cup of milk. After adding the flour, whisk it together until combined, then place the saucepan over medium heat. Whisk it as it heats up and thickens, and stop when the mixture is very very thick.
Cool the mixture completely - put in fridge to make very cold.
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the cooled flour/milk mixture. Stir it around to combine.
Pour one cup of sugar into a bowl with one cup of butter.
Whip it around until it ís light and fluffy, scraping the bowl once or twice to make sure it ís all mixed well.
Add the cooled flour/milk/vanilla mixture.
Next, just whip it on medium-high until the mixture resembled whipped cream.





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