A couple of days ago, I tried to play the pity card. I’ve always had naturally low blood pressure, and I measured again at a pharmacy, some ridiculously low (but usual for me) number like 86/58 (anything under 90/60 is considered low). I tried to tell BH that someone with low blood pressure like me needs a little sugar pick-me-up from time to time, but he wouldn’t have any of it. I must have played my card pretty well for at least one member of the family, because the Boy thinks now that I’m ready to keel over at any moment.
But in the last day or so, I think that I’ve reached the Acceptance stage: Yesterday, the kids and I made strawberry cupcakes, which the Boy had been requesting for a few days. What kid wouldn’t love strawberry cupcakes—they’re not too sweet, and the magical moment comes when the batter turns pink. Anyway, in the end, I wasn’t tempted by the finished product, strawberry buttercream icing and all. The Girl was super-nice, attempting to give me a taste of it with the reassurance that it “isn’t really a cupcake—it’s more of a muffin”. But I didn’t want to lose the bet on a question of semantics, so I decided not to do it. (Full disclosure: I did take a teeny bite—with approval from the Beloved Husband—to see how a recipe calling for only a 1/2 cup of sugar would turn out, and the tiny 1 cubic centimetre that I tasted seemed pretty good—not at all what you would think of as a sweet cupcake.) BH declared it the “best cupcake” he’s ever tasted in his life. I wasn’t sure if he was being truthful and trying to flatter my baking skills, or if he was teasing me with the forbidden fruit.
However, I think that he is starting to take pity on me, as he offered me a whole cupcake, saying that it wasn’t too sweet, so it was fine for our bet. He even offered it with icing, but I asked him to take it off. He purposely left on a charitable amount, but I wiped it off completely, which prompted him to label me a martyr. That’s me—dying for the sugar-free class. Then I was pulled away to an important business matter, and forgot all about the cupcake, so in the end, I didn’t even get to eat it. I think among the three remaining sugar-eating family members, the whole dozen will disappear within the next two days.
Not-Too-Sweet Strawberry Cupcakes (Yield: 12, medium-sized)
See below for two options of icing/frosting.
In a bowl, cream together:
> 1/2 cup sugar (I use organic cane sugar)
> 1/4 cup butter
Add the following to the butter mixture:
> 1 large egg
> 3/4 cup vanilla yogourt
> 1 tsp. vanilla
Blend the following dry ingredients, then add to the above mixture:
> 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (replace two tbsps. with corn starch to substitute for cake flour)
> 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
> 1/4 tsp. salt
> 1/4 tsp. baking soda
Fold into the mix:
> 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, mashed
Pour into large muffin moulds and bake in pre-heated 350F oven, for 20 minutes. Toothpick should come out clean, to indicate that cupcakes are done. Cool, then spread with favourite icing/frosting.
Strawberry Buttercream Icing
Beat the following together, until just blended:
> 1 cup icing sugar
> 2 tbsp. butter, softened
> 2 fresh strawberries (about 2 tbsp.), mashed
Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting
Whip together the following:
> 1 cup whipping cream
> 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
> 1 tbsp. sugar
Fold into the mix:
> 1/2 cup strawberry, mashed or puréed