Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Carrot cupcakes

OK, so it was not "tomorrow", but I think it is still timely enough.

I've been planning to try myself at baking carrot cupcakes for ages, and now that I'm on vacation (3 posts on the blog in few days - isn't it obvious?) I have decided that I should be waisting no more time.
I have found the recipe on the Internet, since no carrot cupcakes or cakes are in any of the recipe books I have at home (carrot cakes are not common in Serbia, although my mom does have a recipe for some other carrot sweet). I know that it is risky to use a recipe that has no references, but it was my only option and luckily the risk has payed off.
To be honest, I did change a few things in the recipe (I realized only too late that I was missing some of the ingredients), so I didn't use the raisins at all and instead of walnuts I used a mixture of hazelnuts and almonds.
The final outcome was great! This recipe is really superb. It was easy to prepare, didn't take a lot of time either. The cupcakes are very tasty and they bake to be nice and soft. The only thing that I would perhaps change is to put a little bit less sugar in the glazing, and to use baking powder instead of baking soda (because I personally don't like the way baking soda affects the taste, even though only slightly). I'll definitely try this recipe with these alternations, and let you know how it turns out.

All in all, I definitely recommend this recipe and I hope that you'll enjoy it as much as I have!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Origami wedding cards

It has been a while since I last posted to my blogs, and I cannot really say that I was busy working on a load of exciting new projects. Actually, I have found some time here and there to make just a few new projects, and since I've recently had an upsurge of creativity and motivation, I think it's time to present to the world some of those previously finished things before I finish up the new ones. :)

So it happened that in late April and early May this year two of my colleagues from work (one of them my boss) got married. In our smallish team it was a very big deal and I was more than happy to offer to make cards for both of the occasions.

I've decided to give it a twist and use origami to ornate the cards. As you probably already know, origami cranes are frequently seen on weddings, because they are believed to bring happiness, and so the cranes were a very obvious choice to use on a wedding card. Heart was an obvious choice too. I've made the models from yuzen chiyogami paper, that is very beautiful and has great texture too. Origami models were traditional crane (card no.1) and balanced heart by Matthew Gardiner (card no.2).

So, not to babble any more, here are the two origami wedding cards: