It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lady on the receiving end of unprovoked histrionics must be in want of some Random Acts of Cupcake therapy.

And so it was today, after receiving reproaches of the most iniquitous and unjust kind, that I sallied forth bearing alms for my fellow villagers in the guise of dainty, delicious and positively delectable cupcakes.

OK, so I can't keep up this Jane Austen schtick any longer. I guess you've figured out what prompted this week's random act. And I must confess something, dear reader, this was not a random act in the purest sense of the phrase. I'd actually visited David and several other of his elderly neighbours in their units around the corner from me several weeks earlier. Some friends who run youth groups around town had asked me to show some teenagers how to make cupcakes with a view to distributing the finished product to some older folk living nearby. Sort of like a fun community service activity. Anyway, that experience gave me the opportunity to meet some great older people, and it got me thinking that maybe I'd found some regular cupcake recipients to add to my exclusive VIP list of regular, non-random recipients.
So after work today, I loaded up my cupcake box and went round to see if David, one of the residents, was home. He was indeed, having a chat on his front landing with his mate Bob, also a resident. They both seemed delighted to receive the cupcakes (I gave away six this time, instead of my usual one). David did admit, however, that the first time he'd been on the receiving end, he'd worried it was possibly a scam. as he'd been the victim of a scam once before and it had since made him very wary of strangers.
Bob asked me: "So what's in it for you?" which is a good question. I told him that it gave me a good feeling to perform a random act of cupcake and that it was just a simple gesture to try and help build more trust in our neighbourhood and help kindle a spirit of community. And that's the honest truth. Many people in my neighbourhood live in corrugated iron- clad fortresses, rarely if ever spending time getting to know their neighbours. Until recently, I was one of those people. But not anymore.

I have to admit, though, that Random Acts of Cupcake is not altruistic. If I was motivated by pure altruism, I certainly wouldn't be publishing my exploits in blog or any other forum. What I didn't mention to Bob was that  performing random acts of kindness can be good for your health. For more information, check out this page on the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website. And I have to say that after copping unfair flack at work today, this random act of cupcake really buoyed my spirits. The tension headache that had been looming for the greater part of the day lifted and I felt light and good and calm.

By the way, in case you're wondering why there is no photo of Bob and David, I decided not to ask them for one. All I wanted to do today was to give them cupcakes in return for absolutely nothing. And it felt good.

I have, however, included a photo of the cupcake for your edification.
This week, I went random by creating my own recipe.

Chocolate and ginger cupcakes with honey and yoghurt

What you need:
225g self raising flour
225g butter, softened
225g caster sugar
125g glace ginger
2 eggs
40g unsweetened cocoa powder
100ml milk
200g natural yoghurt
2 tbsp honey

What you do:

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Put about 20 cupcake cases in your cupcake tin.

2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat in.

3. In another bowl, combine the flour with the cocoa powder.

4. Add the dry mixture to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well. Gradually mix in the milk.

5. Add the ginger pieces and mix thoroughly.

6. Spoon the batter into the paper cases. Bake for about 20 minutes. Put on a rack to cool.

7. To make the topping, mix the natural yoghurt and honey. Spoon a dollop onto each cupcake.

And so it is with a saddened heart that I bid you adieu for now, dear reader. It is, however, with much joy and cheer that I remain yours in randomness.
Drover Paula
24/6/2010 12:34:06

Can I request an interstate random act of cupcake to Woden, Canberra? I think it would work well to wait in the lifts and offer cupcakes to pierce through, in a sweet and sugary way, the black and grey suited exoskeletons of us public servants. I have been aiming for one random conversation per day in the lifts or corridors of health policy, but I believe cupcakes are a needed catalyst...

Chris Schwarz
24/6/2010 13:32:28

What a great random recipe! And so cheering-there is something about chocolate on a wintery day.
Perhaps if you keep coming up with random recipes there will be a Random Acts of Cupcake coffee table book. Now that sounds delicious!


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