gingerbread stars. Yaz impressed me with his piping skills that made sure we used up the buttercream. Sylvia loved them and spent many happy hours counting her coins she was going to use to buy some stars for her and her friends. Actually there were about two or three other sets of gingerbread stars at the fun day cake stall. Who knew it was such a popular idea. Most of my stars were sold and so was the loaf of sourdough bread I took along.
I had a surprise when they announced the prizes. I won a kitchen pack (below) in the silent auction. (That is the one where you write down a price on a piece of paper and the next person can write a higher price and on and on until the auction closes.) Our cutlery drawer is overflowing so I am a bit overwhelmed at a cutlery set but I love a few new cookbooks, a silicone piping set, new measuring cups and spoons, an oil and vinegar set, a keep cup and some notecards.
Brunetti after the fun day; 2) the stage at the National Gallery of Victoria where we saw The Choir of Hard Knocks play; 3) a whale bone at Melbourne Museum where we met my friend Amy and kids recently when it seemed a bit hot for the park; 4) Sylvia after school orientation; 5) a cat cake for a cat loving little boy (he wants to be known as Ginger) at his birthday party; 6) Dorothy and Toto in Patrick Pound's The Gallery of Air installation at the gallery when I visited with my mum before the Night Noodle Market; 7) the Royal Arcade toyshop where I wish I could do all my kiddie Christmas shopping - we visited on a trip to see some Christmas decorations in the city 8) craft at the gallery as part of Melbourne Now; and in the middle 9) paint at the kinder fun day.
I haven't even mentioned that I finally got out to see a movie at the cinema this week - Enough Said with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini. Great movie that felt quite real and provided an interesting exploration of relationships. I have also been visiting some impressive cafes so I might write about some soon. And for those of you who are also busy and finding the housework is taking a back row seat, you might find some comfort in this Smitten Kitchen post.
butterfly, flowers and a dragon. This year Grace was feeling too mature for such childish cakes and asked for a chocolate cake with icing. I handed that task to my mum and decided to make some cupcakes.
chocolate coconut cupcakes I found that the frosting was actually coconut cream. I continued to ignore the buttercream and decided on some icing sugar sifted over stencils. This looked great on the cupcakes I photographed at home but had melted away by the time I got to my mum's for the birthday lunch.
I really liked these cupcakes. Like many GF bakes, they were a bit fragile. They were chewy on the outside and soft almost pudding-like - on the inside. I'd like to try them with melted chocolate as well as cocoa and perhaps a little less liquid to make them sturdier. True to my family's fickle nature, it was not one of the birthday girls but my niece Quin who really took a shine to them.
I haven't been doing lots of bloggable cooking lately (though I still have a blog backlog) but am excited that our stash of this chocolate cake in the freezer is almost finished. I have been promising myself to wait until it is all eaten before I bake more for us at home. Life might be busy but there is always time to bake!
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Dublin cafe: Fallon and Byrne
Two years ago: Two Pizzas - with Facon and with Chocolate
Three years ago: On the way to make burgers I discovered a mash!
Four years ago: Mexican Lasagne and our Jetset Baby
Five years ago: Leftover Cream and Paprikash
Six years ago: Fantastic Falafels
Chocolate coconut cupcakes
Adapted from Living Healthy with Chocolate
Makes 12 cupcakes
2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/4 cup butter (I used Nuttalex margarine)
5-6 tbsp honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup full fat coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven until 180 C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with cupcake papers.
Mix almond meal, coconut, cocoa and bicarb soda in a medium to large mixing bowl. In a small mixing bowl or large jug, mix together butter and honey until creamy.
Gradually mix in coconut oil, then eggs and finally the coconut milk and vanilla. (The wet mixture got quite lumpy and I think in future I might find it easier to mix the wet ingredients with the electric beaters but the hand-mixed lumpy mixture ended up mixing ok)
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until combined. Spoon into prepared cupcake papers. (The cupcake papers were almost full.)
Bake for 20 -30 minutes until browned at the edges and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Keeps three days in an airtight container.
On the Stereo:
Seargent Pepper's Loneyly Hearts Club - The Beatles