Welcome to Random Acts of Cupcake, where I make a different cupcake each week, give a cupcake away to a random stranger and then blog about it.

So this week's cupcake is Chocolate and Beetroot. I actually made these cupcakes a few days ago, but they're still really moist and yummy. Here's the recipe:

500g fresh beetroots
250g SR flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
75 ml vegetable oil
75 ml buttermilk

1. Steam the beetroot for 50 minutes, until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water. When they're cool enough, peel the skin off. Put the beetroots in a food processor and blend until mushy.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees C. Line the cupcake tins with paper cases.

3. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, sugar and baking powder.

4. In another bigger bowl, beat the eggs, oil and buttermilk. Add the beetroot and mix in well. Then add the dry ingredients and stir until everything is mixed in.

5. Spoon the batter into the cupcake cases, filling about 2/3 of each case. Bake for 20 minutes. Put on a rack to cool.

(Makes about 12-16 cupcakes)

Technically speaking, these are supposed to be muffins (I got the recipe from Fergal Connolly's book 500 Cupcakes), but I've decided to call them cupcakes.Which raises the question, what's the difference?

Anyway, it's time to go out and practise some random acts of cupcake! Wish me luck!
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So I'm back! I went to the cinema to see Alice in Wonderland with my friend, Kathleen. As soon as I walked into the foyer, I was anxiously scoping the place out for my first random acts of cupcake recipient. After about a nano-second of fretting, I decided on a young woman sitting by herself who looked open-minded and friendly (I didn't want to get rejected on my first random act, after all).

So I after I bought my ticket, I approached my random recipient and the encounter went sort of like this:

Me:                Um. Hello there. Do you like cupcakes?
Recipient:    (A bit uncertainly). Uh...yeah. Who doesn't?
Me:                Well in that case, I was wondering if you would be
                      interested in participating in a
social experiment I'm 
                      conducting?

Recipient:    Um...
Me:               Basically, I make a different kind of cupcake
                     each week and then I give them away to a
                     random stranger. It's for my blog. Would you
                     like one? (whipping out a box of cupcakes)
Recipient:   Sweet! What kind are they?
Me:               Chocolate and beetroot.
Recipient:    Oooh, they're warm! Did you just bake these?
Me:                Um, no. It's just that they've been in the car
                      for a bit. But anyway....

Unfortunately, I was so excited that my first random act of cupcake had been well-received that I didn't find out much more about Lisa, apart from the fact that she was going to watch the same session of Alice in Wonderland as me and was waiting for her friends. But I did ask if I could take her photo and she very kindly obliged. Here is Lisa, my very first random acts of cupcake recipient!
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suzi lyon
6/3/2010 20:38:37

i am deeply moved by this random act of cupcakness by my friend Alex. I am going home now to think about it some more. Go girl.

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Vesna Tomic
9/3/2010 23:18:40

I don't think there is any difference between a cupcake and a muffin, EXCEPT:
1. Cupcakes are always sweet (muffins can be savoury)
2. Cupcakes have icing (muffins, not necessarily)
3. Cupcakes are lighter and fluffier (more like a cake); muffin batter should just barely be combined.
Apart from that, muffins are so 90s; cupcakes are the new craze.
Today, at lunchtime I noticed that there was not one person at the Muffin Break counter. Perhaps if they changed to Cupcake Break (has a good rhyming ring to it, dontcha think), they might fare better.
Good luck with your experiment (lollies from strangers, and all) - methinks you will be a dinner table topic many times over :)
V.

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