I‘m back in LA! I can’t tell if I caught a bug on the plane or if it’s the smog here that’s been giving me a sore throat and allergies but all I know is that I’m really, really missing Hawaii right now.
It’s always hardest to leave during Winter, while you’re still reeling from the last bits of Christmas and the moments you spent with family and friends are fresh. *This girl is in need of a pick me up!*
I don’t know how I hadn’t thought to try this before: single serve desserts. Perfect for when you want a lil’ something sweet but don’t want to end up with an entire batch of cupcakes tempting you from the kitchen.
But this recipe is such a breeze, it’s a nice refresher from the recipes that take up hours and hours of your time. I kid you not, I whipped up enough batter for two cupcakes and had them baking in the oven within 10 minutes. While the cupcakes were cooling, I set about finding props for food styling. I had this vision of antique books and knick knacks, sheets of aged paper strewn all over the table–things I knew I’d be able to find right around the house.
“Daaaad! Do we have any old paper lying around the house?”
A few minutes later, my Dad and I were sifting through a crate of old newspaper clippings and documents we found stashed away in the back of a cabinet. We stumbled upon aged, loose papers from a legal notepad with lines upon lines of cursive handwriting. On a few of the sheets, my Grandfather had written down a list of sayings. My favorite of the bunch:
“Maturity is the art of living in peace with what you cannot change.”
Oh boy, did that phrase stick with me for the rest of the day, and I’ve continued to think about it frequently since returning to Los Angeles.
I don’t remember much of my Grandfather except how everyone has told me he was a brilliant man. He graduated 2 years early from high school and started one of the first accounting firms in Hawaii. In his old age, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and passed away when I was 9.
One thing I had always wished was that I had gotten the chance to know my Grandfather as an adult. But as much as I know I can’t change that and have accepted it, having his words to read through made me feel that much closer to knowing him and I’m grateful for it.
So, I’m dedicating this one to my Grandpa, two cupcakes for sharing between the two of us!
Single Serving Vanilla Cupcakes
Adapted from Jessica @ How Sweet It is
Makes two cupcakes
1 egg white
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla (yes, a full teaspoon – they are super vanilla-y!)
1/4 cup flour
1/4 heaping tsp of baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tbsp milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp milk
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and sugar until combined. Add in the melted butter and vanilla.
3. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add in the milk and stir to combine.
4. Separate batter evenly into a pan lined with two cupcake tins. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a pick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean.
5. Remove the cupcakes from the oven. Let stand on a cooling rack.
6. For the frosting, beat the butter and vanilla extract together. Add the powdered sugar in small increments. Beat in the milk. Transfer to a pastry bag and pipe frosting as desired onto cooled cupcakes.