A weather post hasn’t been seen here in a while, perhaps some of my regular readers were happy about this, but not me. The post felt overdue. Especially considering that the weather is probably the greatest factor influencing what I cook. Right now, on this day, it is, technically, winter. I’m not sure this technicality is known by weather. Walking outside, I’m not sure if it feels more like Spring, Fall, bizarrely mild Summer or unseasonably warm Winter.
The weather seems confused, uncertain, indecisive on what to do.
It really should get it together because the rest of the world is being affected. Without weather acting as a proper guide the trees are bare yet the lushest grass I have ever seen in Austin is growing in yards and abandoned lots all over the city. And, every time I decide to take a walk outside my work, I find myself walking through the perfumes of Mountain Laurel. Then there is my stomach — also feeling a little confused. Winter should mean stews, soups, roasted potatoes. Instead I buy ice creams and eat green salads. During the days I go on bike rides in short sleeves. At night I open my windows and drink hot tea.
One night last week, I sat at home wanting to bake, but not certain on what. Banana bread? Cake? Maybe cupcakes as it was rather warm. Cinnamon sounded excellent. Frosting was again tempting me to be foolish. This was the result. A lip-licking result. After eating two when I only intended a bite I knew these could not stay in my home. They went to work. Here I found out that the same indecisiveness that caused these seeped into them. As often as I called them cupcakes my co-workers stubbornly called them muffins. Muffins don’t have frosting.
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk
about 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
Briefly beat the butter with the milk. In three batches sift and beat in the powdered sugar. I really did not measure this, but was aiming for about ½ cup each time. Once this is like whipped frosting add in the cinnamon. Once again there was no measuring. I put in a little at a time a few different times.
Frost the cupcakes. This is just enough frosting to add a large dollop to each cupcakes.