Chamomile Vanilla Cupcakes

recipe testing from Ruby Tandoh’s “Crumb”

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A few weekends ago I found inspiration from Great British Bake Off. I binged the fifth season on Netflix in two days (working on pacing myself), and ran to find Ruby Tandoh's Crumb in my bookshelf. This book is phenomenal. I appreciated her and related to her while watching her compete on GBBO, and rallied for her from Malawi, where I first watched GBBO with my friends James and Abbie.

From the intro, I was hooked into Ruby's cookbook; she explains how she tested these recipes in student housing, and few appliances are truly necessary, while a whisk and wooden spoon are king and queen. I constantly struggle with whether to buy more or sell some of my appliances, so it's refreshing to see such a limited and functional list of equipment. That said, I still want a food processor and blender. A girl can dream.

My sous, Kismet, in her natural habitat: laying on what I need and yelling at me.

My sous, Kismet, in her natural habitat: laying on what I need and yelling at me.

I decided to try out Ruby's Chamomile Vanilla cupcakes and they were great. I used this recipe as a case study for introducing movement into my photos.

I am a sucker for recipes that don't require bringing ingredients to room temperature. Ruby's recipe brings the tea bags, milk, and butter to a simmer, then strained and cooled. I somehow have more patience to allow ingredients to cool than to bring to room temp.

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Shout out to my favorite wooden spoon, and happy anniversary M&H!

Shout out to my favorite wooden spoon, and happy anniversary M&H!

I brought out the hand mixer for this one, mostly to keep the dish washing to a minimum, and to reduce losing any of the cooled mixture. I break eggs into a separate container in case of shells or blood spots, so it doesn't mess up the entire recipe. Taking photos AND cracking eggs was an experiment in multi-tasking.

100% related: I bought a tripod.

100% related: I bought a tripod.

spin spin spin

spin spin spin

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After folding in the dry ingredients, time to bake! I put mine in for 19 minutes, and feel like it was 2 minutes too long, but still delicious.

bake my pretties, bake!

bake my pretties, bake!

Ruby recommends a "slick" of buttercream, which I concur, this is a very wet icing, so piping was meh.

Ruby recommends a "slick" of buttercream, which I concur, this is a very wet icing, so piping was meh.

2 minutes over-baked aside, they were a hit!

This is Elliott, he eats all the things, and we love him for it. (and other stuff too)

This is Elliott, he eats all the things, and we love him for it. (and other stuff too)