So, last night I heard my niece was coming over, and took it as an opportunity not only to try my hand at baking, but also give her something sweet to enjoy. I chose angel food cake for my angel because I knew she liked it, and I had seen a recipe online where they put in chocolate chips. My idea was to top it with strawberries and serve!
This went horribly wrong. Ok, not horribly wrong... the cupcakes tasted great, like they were supposed to, but the presentation was terrible! I know looks aren't everything, but they are when you're trying to take a good photo. Sigh.
Everything was going well in the beginning, and the batter was set. It was only when I decided to put in the chocolate chips that I realized they were quickly sinking to the bottom. The lady who wrote the recipe warned of this, and said to chop up some chocolate into small bits. I didn't have chocolate to chop up but I did have some mini semi-sweet chocolate chips that I thought would work. They still sank!
In the end, it didn't look too bad but still not very pretty. Luckily Sanjana did not notice and happily ate one and a half of them. I guess as long as the person I was baking for enjoyed it, that's all that matters!
It also would have been much better if I had found the strawberries that I thought were in the fridge. I didn't have time to go get any, and pears or bananas just wouldn't wouldn't have gone well with it.
Next time I make this, I will definitely be prepared with fruits... and also perhaps drop in a few chips when the batter is already in the cupcake pan, instead of trying to fold it in.
Although I myself am not a huge fan of Angel food cake, (I find it too sweet and will only eat it with fruits) it's definitely a hit with kids and something to bake that doesn't require any butter!
I got the Angel Food Cupcakes from here:
Also, the original recipes says the batter makes 12, and I used all the same amounts but only yielded 6, go figure.
Off to eat dinner and catch The Office and 30 Rock!