Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stargirl's Cinnamon Cupcakes

Can you see the stars in the cinnamon?
I  enjoy being different. I don't usually mind the difference between being laughed at and laughed with. And I always, always want to be as me as I possibly can be.

But sometimes that's hard! Sometimes it's easier to blend in, or even hide a little bit. And I think those little moments are allowed if they remain just that-- little moments. The rest of the time, you should just be you. You've heard it a million times before simply because it's absolutely true.

One of the best stories about exploring the line between being yourself and being what the world seems to want is Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl. Maybe you're a skater or a singer or a writer or a biker or a laugher or a joker or an engineer or a cook or a nurse or a barista or a pastor or a parent or a girl with a ukulele and a pet rat named Cinnamon. And you don't have to pick just one!

I'll stop being preachy now and just say how much I love this book. I picked it up again a month or so ago and I was so happy to reread it that I left it right at the front of my bookcase when I was done. You know, just in case I want to read it again. Like, tomorrow.

Lately, I've decided I'm someone who cooks (read: experiments in the kitchen and makes it up as she goes along). And so here I stand (actually, I'm sitting) before you all, sharing a made-up recipe that I can be proud of and a few fun pictures. I am happy to be this person, this person who experiments in the kitchen and shares her findings with words. 

Stargirl's Cinnamon Cupcakes with Honey Vanilla Frosting

Cinnamon Cupcakes

2 c flour
¾ c sugar
1 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
½ t salt
1 T cinnamon
½ t nutmeg
½ t ginger
1 t vanilla
1 c lemon-lime soda 
c softened butter
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177.7 C) and prepare your muffin tin.

2. Beat all the ingredients together on low (30+ seconds) then medium (2+ minutes), scraping the bowl occasionally.

3. Make the frosting (see below).

4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick (or fork or skewer or something) inserted in the middle comes out clean. Place on cooling racks.

You may have noticed this has 3 yolks and my recipe says 2 eggs. TWIN CHICKENS!
Honey Vanilla Frosting

1 c butter (softened, unsalted)
1 t vanilla (I used the lovely vanilla bean paste my grandma bought me, and it gave the frosting those beautiful little specks)
3+ T honey
2+ c powdered sugar
Splash of cream or milk
Pinch of cinnamon

1. Beat butter until it's fluffy.

2. Add vanilla and honey.

3. Add in powdered sugar slowly. The amount depends on the consistency of frosting you want. If it gets too stiff, add some milk or cream.

4. Frost your cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon!

These cupcakes are best enjoyed with whatever beverage is your favorite today, and a good book.

Dorian Gray, you are not ignored! In fact, your comments have inspired me. I'm looking for my copy of your book, and I intend to create a post in your honor sometime soon. I do hope you continue reading and commenting!


  1. Twin chickens? So cool! :) I hope you find out who your Dorian Gray is someday soon. Love you, M

  2. these look really good!!! i saw a movie once about Dorian Gray. good movie, but kind of creepy. thanks for the mention of the vanilla paste. the honey you used, was it perhaps honey from your papa? i think i will have to try this recipe. by the way, did i tell you that we made those bacon wrapped dates with feta cheese? yummmmmmy!!! :) i love you, nani j.