At a local cafe today I bumped into one of my former random recipients. It was Ronya, the candy girl (see Random Acts of Cupcake blog entry: The Candy Girl Can, 13 May 2010), who appeared to be doing a double act as a waitress. We recognised each other straight away; I said "Hi candy girl!", to which she responded "Hi cupcake lady!" and it gave me a little spring in my step. One less stranger in my world! 

So this afternoon as I was about to start making the latest batch of random cupcakes, another lovely bit of randomness occurred. I got a phone call from another one of my random recipients, You Young (see Random Acts of Cupcake blog entry: The Spice of Life, 21 April 2010).

We'd been playing phone tag for the last week or so, trying to find a mutually convenient time to meet up and have a hot beverage together.  Young phoned to see if I was busy and I told her that I was about to start making cupcakes but she was welcome to drop by my place anyway. I gave her my address (by a random piece of luck, it turns out we live in the same neighbourhood) and started baking.

A couple of hours later, the last batch of cupcakes were about ready to come out of the oven and all I had to do was add the glaze. Young hadn't showed up and I was thinking that I'd been a bit naive inviting someone I hardly know to just drop by my place for a spot of afternoon tea and if it were me in her shoes then of course I wouldn't show up either. There are, after all, axe-wielding loonies in this world. 

However, Young did eventually turn up. And she had very sweetly brought a Korean dish (the name for which she tried patiently to teach me but eventually gave up), which was made of beef, onion and cabbage. I've just tried some now and it's delicious - sort of sweet and meaty at the same time.

Anyway, so Young, my husband and I sat in the kitchen, chatting and eating the freshly-baked  cupcakes. Afterwards, I showed her around our house, introduced her to the dogs and took her around the garden. She was pretty excited to see that I had a trampoline and immediately pounced on it, squealing with delight as she jumped up and down. I remember thinking to myself, anyone who digs trampolining as much as me is quite possibly going to be a friend for life.

So I'm really glad Young took the plunge and dropped by. And thanks to Random Acts of Cupcake, we're no longer strangers anymore.

And the recipe this week? Blueberry and Lime. Here's the recipe (thanks to 500 Cupcakes by Fergal Connolly):

For the base you will need:
115g cooking margarine
225g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
115 ml low-fat milk
225g SR flour
1 tsp baking powder
115g blueberries (I used frozen.)
1 tbsp grated lime zest

For the glaze you will need:
115g caster sugar
2 tbsp grated lime zest
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp boiling water

This is what you do:
1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C. Line a cupcake tin with paper cases.

2. Cream the margarine and sugar with an electric beater. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.

3. Add the vanilla essence and milk. Then add the sifted flour and baking powder and stir until just combined. Finally, stir in the blueberries and lime zest.

4. Spoon the batter into the paper casings and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and place the cupcakes on a rack to cool.

5. Make the glaze by putting the sugar, lime juice, lime zest abd boiling water in a saucepan and simmering for 5 minutes. Wait for the glaze to cool slightly before spooning over the cupcakes.

Makes about 18.
Anyway, dear reader, this is me signing off for now. I hope that you enjoyed this week's blog and that the coming week brings you lovely coincidences of the random variety.
Steve Austin
26/5/2010 17:25:17

Alex, I love this.
Will you do an interviews with me on ABC Radio in Queensland?
Send me an email if you can.

chris Schwarz
26/5/2010 21:34:36

Hey, how cool is that? Random acts of cupcake rule!
These cuppies are delicious, they don't need cream or yoghurt at all. Ralph's back on his no carbs diet so didn't have to share this week. Yay!


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