|Bowling, Games, Tickets and Fun!|
Then, for Alex's actual birthday, we had cupcakes, presents, and went to an American-style diner. This sounds simple, right? Imagine doing these tasks at an apartment that you have just moved into. Now imagine that you need to shop for cupcake ingredients in a foreign country that is not known for cupcakes. I started by going to the store. I acquired a silicon mini-cupcake / muffin pan. Then I headed to the "baking aisle" where I decided that brownie mix was going to be a good option. Cupcakes don't really happen here as far as I can tell. Everything is sort of muffin like. Dense and only kind of sweet. Now, I could have tried to make cupcakes from scratch, but someone had warned me that leavening and flour are slightly different in France, so I opted to try that another day.
|Easy and Quick? I'm totally on board. And I know those words!|
First Easy Step? Melt chocolate bits with butter in a pan. Fortunately, we had acquired a pan at IKEA. And a stirring device. Another thing that put me off to a good start was that our apartment came with a stove. This is not normal with most unfurnished French apartments, but helpful in the brownie creation experience.
But wait, there was more cooking required on the super useful existing stovetop.
|An Egg is also required|
Final easy step? Mix with the brownie flour, put in muffin pan, and bake in the oven at 210 degrees Celsius. Um, but our helpful existing stove has a maximum oven temperature of 200. Well then, 200 it is!
Mini brownie cupcakes...
|A little gooey is ok|
The baking aisle also had a decorating section, so to make things easy, I acquired two tubes of frosting in ready to frost tubes. Brownies plus frosting equals AWESOME ALEX MINI CUPCAKES!
|AK turns 8!|
|Wrapped in special orange IKEA wrapping paper|
|Alex ate it too, but was unwilling to pose with it in such an excited manner as Will|