It has been uncomfortably hot over the past few weeks! There is nothing I felt like doing except to soak myself in the bathtub until my skin creases (a pity I do not have a bathtub actually). Wherever we went, it was humid, and we get hot and sticky all over. Yucks, it doesn't feel good at all. For this reason, I did not step into the kitchen very much. Most of the time at home was spent hiding in the aircon room, either facing the computer, the TV, a book or on the bed.
Just a few days ago, I suddenly remembered the bake for April at Sweet & Simple Bake is Vanilla Cupcake. Great idea, it's a classic and always a hit. I realised the recipe is the same as the one we had done for Halloween. But no problem, I don't mind doing it again since I enjoyed them the previous time. I decided to keep my vanilla cupcakes real simple.
Firstly, my family members do not like stuff which are overly sweet. So, I replaced the frosting recipe with some Swiss Meringue Buttercream I have, which we find less sweet. I also used soy milk in place of regular milk.
Secondly, unlike me, they do not like cakes with too much cream on them. Instead of doing a swirl on the cupcake, I only added a small amount of buttercream on top. This also managed to hide the fact that I am not good at making swirls...and that I actually do not have enough buttercream to cover the tops of all the cupcakes! :)
It was wonderful. With a cup of iced chocolate, it was simple, comforting and satisfying.