I'm not sure if you noticed, but last night was New Years Eve - so happy 2013 everyone!
Being the old lady trapped inside a mid twenty-somethings body that I am, I've never been hugely keen on New Years celebrations. Paying extortionate amounts of money for entry to a pub or club and double rate taxis makes me grumpy (as do many things) and this time of year is COLD. I like being inside, where it's warm and cosy.
A couple of years ago, we (myself and Steve) found that the 31st of December was looming and there were not many appealing options. We then decided that we would have a Mexican night - basically cook and eat tonnes of Mexican food, drink tequila and perhaps wear ridiculous Mexican attire. This year, we decided to welcome this idea once again - I think it may now become a tradition - and were joined by two of our closest friends from Leicester.
I can only speak for myself, but I had a great evening! I was however feeling rather warm after cooking up a rather impressive (if I do say so myself) Mexican feast. In my opinion, a perfect way to welcome a brand spanking new year. Friends, games, music, food and tequila. Did I mention tequila?
Yesterday afternoon before our friends arrived, I had an urge to bake. I remembered that I had seen recipes for Margarita cupcakes before and was curious to try them out. All the essentials plus a copious amount of limes were present in my kitchen but no butter or buttermilk - so off to Tesco it was, which proved to be a nightmare as expected! I don't know what happens to people at this time of year but people suddenly lose the ability to be in any kind of social situation i.e. cannot navigate around a car park. Anyway, we made it out in one piece with a bag of baking ingredients and home I came to start making these.
This is an American recipe using cups. I always find that my baking is much more successful when I use cups as opposed to weighing scales. The result was superb! These cupcakes were really delicious (there are two left so a small treat is in order this afternoon) and they were easy peasy. The one alteration that I made to the recipe was to add I quite a bit more icing sugar to the frosting as the recipe produced a topping of a very thin consistency - no good for piping! For all you tequila lovers out there - I thoroughly recommend.
I hope that you all have a fantastic New Years Eve where ever you were and what ever you were doing. Here is to 2013 - time to get super creative.