Last weekend we watched Captain America (2) movie. We all (little S included ) voted for it.
I was thrilled. I grew up on a steady dose of Marvel Comics and all these superheroes were and are my favorites. At one time I desperately wanted to be a mutant, like the X-men and wished and wished for some strange power to manifest itself on every birthday.
I could not let a spider bite me, I flee at the sight of anything that creeps, crawl or slithers. I was definitely no Asgardian. With hi-fi technology limited only to the multi-billionaires and only in the USA, I was left with just my imagination and the only option available to me, to be a mutant.
Years of disappointment only made me read all possible comic books I could lay my hands on.
Then there was the fairies stage, I wanted some fairy to grant me wishes. Or at least take me to fairy land ( just like in Enid Blyton's books).
After that came the detective stage ( this was after the adventurer stage, where I wanted to be that lucky kid who found some treasure or a gang of smugglers). I realized (after reading a lot of Sherlock Holmes, I as neither as intelligent or as intrepid as him) I was not quite cut out for that sort of a thing.
While that sort of dream faded over time, the charm of comic books remained strong. And so, every super hero movie that is released is a visual treat for me.
I was glued to the screen during the movie making sure that little S had his supply of popcorn and chips. After these were done, he got antsy and I transferred him to his father.
The movie was good.
Just like my generation had their favorite super heroes, my son's generation has theirs. As of now, Power Rangers, Avengers, Spider-man and Ninjago rule.
A very special 4 year old (R), is a HUGE (yes, yes, in capitals) fan of Ninjago. He gets his from his elder brother. So naturally, his birthday had to be a Ninjago themed celebration.
His Mom (Samta), wanted cupcakes to take and share with R's pre-school friends.
Kids love chocolate ( and so do most adults, chocolate is the universal language) and we fixed chocolate flavor. And Samta and her family are vegetarians and prefer egg less cakes.
I decided to make egg less chocolate cupcakes with butter cream frosting and fondant decorations.
I found a Quick and Easy Chocolate cake recipe that I have tried with great success. this recipe makes two, 9 x 2 round layers or 24 cupcakes.
DeDe Wison's Quick n Easy Chocolate Cake
3 cups All Purpose Flour (APF)
2 cups Sugar
2/3 cup, sifted, Natural Cocoa
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 cups Water at room temp.
2/3 cup Oil
2 Tbsp. Apple cider Vinegar/ white vinegar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Pre heat the oven to 350 F
Grease the cake pan or get the muffin pan lined and ready.
Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, sugar and baking soda) and set aside.
Using a whisk/ had held mixer or your stand mixer, mix oil, water, vinegar and vanilla
Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and mix until well combined and smooth.
Divide the batter evenly in the pans and bake for 30 mins. or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
Cool the cake in the pan over a rack for about 10 mins and then invert on to the rack to cool completely.
This cake is moist and very delicious. I was always apprehensive about egg less baking and that I would be a big flop at it. This recipe has made me confident :)
For the cupcakes, I used my butter cream recipe for frosting (the yellow part) and covered the cupcakes in fondant. The eyes and brows are made using fondant too.
I am not a fondant fan and can never eat it, but I cannot deny that it looks good on cakes.
Coming up (soon) is another cake I had the opportunity to bake for a 7 year old!
See you soon.