No sooner had I posted a blog announcing the temporary suspension of Random Acts of Cupcake due to the soaring summer temperatures than it started raining, virtually non-stop.

Lovely cupcake making weather! While it's cold and miserable outside, the kitchen is wonderfully warm. This, along with a toasty inner glow I experienced simply anticipating the arrival of a new batch of cupcakes, made for feelings of mushy mellowness.

Given that I was feeling all warm and squishy, it seemed that a marshmallow-based cupcake would be most appropriate.  So I consulted my new cupcake recipe tome, The Australian Women's Weekly Classic Cupcakes: wedding, birthday and baby cakes, which a friend ingeniously gave me as a present earlier on in the year. I'm always on the look-out for new cupcake recipes and ideas, so this recipe book is certain to shake up my baking groove in nothing but a good way. Thanks Chris!

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Here is how you make them:

Ingredients:
215g softened butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
150g sifted SR flour
4 tbsp milk
240g icing sugar
1 bag marshmallows
1 small handful of dessicated coconut

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Put about 10 cupcake liners in a cupcake tray.

2. Beat 90g of the butter, the vanilla essence, sugar, eggs, flour and 2 tbsp of the milk with electric beaters on low speed. When combined increase speed to high and beat until mixture is paler.

3. Drop 1/4 cups of the mixture into the cupcake liners. Bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool in the cupcake tray for 5 minutes before putting them on a rack to cool.

4. While the cupcakes are cooling, cut the marshmallows into small pieces using a pair of scissors.

5. Make the butter cream topping by beating the icing sugar and the remaining butter and milk until as pale as possible. When the cupcakes are completely cool, spread a thick layer of the butter cream icing on each one. Top with the marshmallows.

6. Fry the dessicated coconut in a dry frying pan over a medium heat for a couple of minutes until golden brown. When cool, sprinkle over the cupcakes.


And the random recipients are...

...my family, friends and neighbours! It's much too wet to go wandering.

And so that's it for now. Until our next random reunion, may you enjoy everything that the universe flings your way.
 
...it's time to go on holiday!

With temperatures often pushing the high thirties lately here in the red centre of Oz, I've decided to temporarily suspend Random Acts of Cupcakes over the summer.

While baking in this heat is not much fun, it's even worse having to then pound the scorching pavements in search of random recipients.

I'll be back in true Terminator style when the weather becomes more clement.

In the meantime, embrace all the randomness the universe has to throw at you.