It's been a somewhat extended hiatus from Random Acts of Cupcakes, thanks to a month-long holiday in China. Maybe holiday is the wrong word for the experience I just had. Because China is not really the kind of place one goes if one is looking for a restful time away. Not wanting to reduce the place to a stereotype (but I will anyway), it's loud, it's crowded and the skies are seriously, scarily polluted. However, if what you're seeking is a random adventure, then you've hit Random HQ. Weird and wonderful (and icky) things can and do happen and that's one of the reasons why this country has found a special place in my soul, not unlike a parasitic nematode burrowing into its host's heart.

China made me realise just how deliciously exciting randomness can be and just how much I miss that feeling of being simultaneously bewildered, bemused and begrossed-out. 

So it was nice to get back on the random horse again a la Random Acts of Cupcake. I have to admit, I didn't strictly go random - I chose this week's recipient because he had a kind and friendly look about him.
 
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This is Nick. He's a Territorian (note hat), but oddly doesn't possess the bushy beard which seems to be the requisite accessory for many Territorian gentlemen. I suspect Nick is an original fellow. In fact, I know he is an original, given the fantastic poem he posted on this blog about our random act of cupcake exchange (see comment on previous blog A lemon a day...), and which I've reproduced here:

Cupcakes

While strolling through the Alice one day
Without a thought of malice I say

When much to my surprise
A girl with lovely eyes

Came up and had just this to say

“My name is Alex and I ain’t no sloven
I’ve baked a cup cake its straight from the oven

Flour and sugar and butter and cream
Just take one bite it will taste like a dream

There’s a catch though I need a photo
For this strange event

This ain’t no illusion forgive my intrusion your
Happiness is my intent.”

I can't say that's exactly what I said, but for now I'm more than happy to go with Nick's poetic license!

Despite what people say, Alice really is a good place, especially if two strangers can have a nice chat over a random act of cupcake event like Nick and I did. I doubt that would happen in the big smoke. Thank you, Nick, for taking the time to chat with me. And a big thank you for your most excellent poem. It really has made my day!

And now, here's this week's random cupcake: Orange and Poppy Seed:  
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And here's the recipe (adapted from Cupcakes: a fine selection of sweet treats).

For the cupcake base you will need:
40g poppy seeds
125ml warm milk
150g softened butter
3 tsp orange zest
2 eggs
185g sifted SR flour

For the icing you will need:
250g cream cheese
150g sifted icing sugar
1 tsp orange zest
3 tsp orange juice
poppy seeds for sprinkling

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Put cupcake liners in cupcake tin.

2. Soak the poppy seeds in the warm milk. Set aside for 15 minutes.

3. Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, orange zest and poppy seed milk mixture in a large bowl. Beat with electric beaters until the batter is cream and light coloured.

4. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners. Bake for 15 minutes.

5. Put on a rack to cool.

6. To make the icing, combine the cream cheese, icing sugar, orange juice and zest using electric beaters. Beat until smooth.

7. Spread some icing over each cupcake. Sprinkle poppy seeds on top for decoration.

Makes about 18.

Well, that's all from me for now. It's nice to be back and I truly hope you enjoy whatever randomness comes your way this week!
Chris Schwarz
8/9/2010 19:38:54

Wow, delicious cup cakes. So good I thought I should take pity on Ralph and let him have one. Then he demanded two. Won't make that mistake again.

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28/3/2012 07:24:46

nice post

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25/9/2012 01:02:08

will be restored quickly

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