After a two-week holiday-inspired hiatus from Random Acts of Cupcake, I have to admit I was finding it hard to get back into the swing of things. As I was cooking, the usual worries started to cross my mind. Would I be rejected ? Would someone think I was a crazy lady? And would I end up feeling a bit silly about this whole cupcake-give-away caper and go home and scoff all my cupcakes home alone?

However, when I walked into a local movie/snacks event this evening, I spotted my random recipient right away and just KNEW that I had the right person. She was a young woman, dressed in red from head to toe and just looked kind of really interesting. Anyway, when I explained my project and offered her a cupcake, the delight on her face made me wonder why I keep on having reservations about Random Acts of Cupcake.

Ronya (I hope I have spelt that right) was delighted to be this week's random recipient and ate the cupcake on the spot, as this photo attests: 
No umming and ahhing, no asking if I'd laced the cupcake with laxatives, no "she's a crazy lady who's clearly off her meds" looks. No, Ronya, brave and open soul that she is, simply tucked in and gobbled down that cupcake.

So we had a wee chat and my hunch that I'd chosen an interesting random recipient turned out to be right. At the event, she was doing a tour of duty as a candy girl. I would love love LOVE to be a candy girl. I guess in a way, I kind of already am, but in a somewhat strange, random and unofficial way.  OK, enough about me and back to Ronya. She's about to hold an exhibition of her paintings and soon she's trotting off to the UK to spend quality time with her granny. When she returns, she plans to study to be a primary school teacher. I'm sure, Ronya, that you will be every kid's favourite teacher.  

Okeedokee. So on to the cupcakes. This week I made Plum and Ricotta cupcakes, the recipe for which I swiped from Gourmet Traveller  magazine and adpated slightly. The original recipe calls for a layer of crumble on top. I ended up ditching the crumble because I ran out of baking time (was running late for a very important lunch date with an amiga). Anyway, so here's the recipe:

Plum and ricotta cupcakes

90g butter, softened
225g caster sugar
1/2 orange rind, grated
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
50ml milk
100g plain flour
80g hazelnut meal
1 tsp baking powder
350g ricotta
6 stewed plums

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line cupcake tray with pretty silver cupcake cases.

2. Beat 180g of the sugar, all of the butter and the orange rind until pale and creamy. Then add the eggs one at a time. Add the milk and mix well.

3. Stir in the flour, hazelnut meal and baking powder and combine.

4. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake cases. Smooth the tops and put aside.

5. Put the ricotta, the rest of the sugar (40g) in a blender and hit the disco button. You should end up with a lovely, smooth mixture.

6. Pour the ricotta mixture on the top of each cupcake. Top with slices of stewed plum.

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Don't worry if they overflow the cases and start to look scary. It's all part of the fun.

8. Remove from oven and allow to cool. The ricotta will set and they'll end up looking great. Promise.
Well, that's all for now. Thanks for tuning in. And until next time, may there be a little bit of randomness in every one of your days!
Chris Schwarz
13/5/2010 11:32:10

Delicious cupcakes-I loved the ricotta fruit combo, and the touch of spice. I only wish I had a couple left, but as usual I greedily downed the lot the day I got them.
Glad to see you had such an eager random recipient this time-she looks like she's really enjoying her cupcake!

13/5/2010 16:32:58

A friend just sent me the link to your blog. This friend and I have somewhat random correspondence over the years so I appreciated the link. I love your blog and, if I can get the ingredients here, I shall try to make some. It's my colleagues birthday today so it's the perfect occasion. The problem, howeer, is how to make cup cakes with neither cups, cake tins or butter. Any suggestions??? Keep on cupcaking.

15/5/2010 22:04:10

Sorry to bring domestics to your site but i just assumed that one of the wonderful cuppies you gave Chris could possibly be mine? So Chris had to sit me down and have a 'little talk' where she explained that much as she would like to give me a cuppie that was no longer possible because of my silly assumption that one might be mine. Being a very nice person she eventually asked me repeatedly whether i had any sense of entitlement to a cuppie and when i finally reassured her that I had none she graciously gave me a cuppie. It was worth the nightmare, blissful.


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