Monday, December 5, 2011


Lise's only memory of living in the US two years ago is cupcakes. Or, as she pronounces it, "cuupcaaaaaaaaakes". They're her favorite thing ever and she rarely gets the opportunity to eat them here, so on Sunday, after having gathered the ingredients to make the cakes and the frosting from scratch, we got to work! It was genuinely a fun way to bond with the girls over two-and-a-half hours on my afternoon off. BEST AU PAIR EVER?

Baking can be a little messy, but it can be even messier when an enthusiastic 7 and 11-year-old are measuring out flour and breaking eggs while fighting about who gets to do more of the mixing/how many sprinkles should be on each cupcake when it comes to the decorating portion. But we had a good time. I would much rather spend time baking with them than doing a lot of other things, so perhaps there will be more baking in our future?

And the cupcakes turned out delicious. It's so easy to just buy cake mix at home and use that, but they don't have it here so I had to make them from scratch. They ended up tasting better than any other cupcakes I've ever made though, so YAY! It might have something to do with the fact that their sticks of butter are shaped completely differently than our sticks, plus they don't have the little markings on the package designating how many grams is in each part, so I kind of just closed my eyes and chose a place to cut -- which means that the cupcakes and frosting might possibly have a little extra butter, but in France, is that ever really a bad thing? ;) 

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