Graduation Cupcakes

Graduation Cupcakes

This morning I had a mail from my father, someone that knows me much better that what I thought, and having in mind my thoughts during the last days in connection with my daughters had chosen below quoted text:

Son definition by Jose Saramago, Literature Nobel awarded: A son is someone that was lend to us to make an instensive course on how to love someone else than ourselves, on how to change our worse defects to give them the best examples and how we can learn to have courage. Yes, that is all about, to be father or mother is the highest act of courage that anyone can deliver, because it is to be exposed to any sort of pain, mainly to be so uncertain as to be acting in the proper way and the fear to lose something so loved..Lose it ? How come ? It is not ours ! It has been just a loan … 

Yesterday my daughter Marta got graduated, leaving High School, moment in which Spanish legislation considers they are adults, therefore she has now voting rights, right to become emancipated, to choose her life and her future … but I still see the inocent girl always happy, green eyes, frank smile, like a whirlwind always ready to fight for fair reasons. Regretfully she has grown up, she starts now a new phase and she will gradually belong to her own life, fate nad family and less to us, her parents, following the lifecycle, as it has to be. I only wish she could not change much, that she could basically as she is, learn from her own errors and could find the way to be happy without damaging others. I wish you the best luck, Marti, the raw material and principles are in there and think that the main barriers not to make our dreams come true are ourselves; if you believe in you no-one will be able to  beat you as the future is a blank page that is waiting to be written by you and nobody else. THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU ! 🙂

As memory of this graduation I wanted to make for her vanilla cupcakes as theones she likes best, a recipe based on my colleague Yoya of Yoya´s Treat, always slightly tailormade which is the one I am going to use as from now on view its success.



  • 110 ml corn/sunflower oil (or its equivalent of unsalted butter)
  • 225 gr of golden caster sugar
  • 2 L eggs
  • 275 gr of wheat flour
  • 120 ml of milk (semi-skimmed)
  • 1 and a half tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract (I used Nielsen-Massey just arrived from Glasgow);

And now let’s go for the recipe:

  1. First of all you mix up the sugar and the eggs using a low speed. Recall to add the eggs one by one shaking all the time until you have a consistent paste.
  2. The next set is to add the oil, have in mind that in case you use butter instead the first step would be to mix up the butter with the sugar and then the eggs.
  3. In the meantime we gave sieved the flour and baking powder.
  4. On a separate bowl we mix up the milk and the vanilla powder.
  5. We start adding half of the solid paste (flour and baking powder) to the liquid paste (milk and vanilla extract) and when we see that everything well mixed  we mix the rest until it is completed.
  6. We shake it all together while we pre-heat the oven, setting it to 180 ºC.
  7. We stuff then the cupcake cases depending on your own criteria but I recommend to do it approximately 2/3rds of them as for being manipulated later on you need to get them as flat as possible.
  8. We then put them into the oven for 20/25 minutes. This is just a reference because depends very much on each oven. Every oven is a like a little own world.
  9. We left them resting in the own cupcake pan for five minutes.
  10. Once this time has elapsed we take them out and put them in the wire rack where they will cool down

We have already the cupcakes duly prepared to be decorated, filled and make all the variations we wish.

The buttercream I also made it with vanilla with the same proportion of butter that icing sugar and adding paste vanilla (Nielsen Massey) as you like in the very same way I always prepare it.
Later on I made with fondant some graduation caps following the tutorial of Glorious Treats and some diplomas, these just as I could imagine them hahahaha and finished the decoration with a few coloured sprinkles. 😉
This is the outcome, I trust you could enjoy them ! 🙂

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  1. Can you remove the quote – Jose Saramago was an atheist – there is no mention of god in the original version – it translates to “someone”.

    • Thank you for your note, and you are right, I have checked out the original version, and the mention to God is not in; however most of the versions in google have reference to God, reason why I quoted the wrong version, sorry for that. I will be more strict when I quote text in the future. your comment very appreciate. Eshter


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