sugar and spice and –

Dearest ______,

There’s a slightly more rational voice inside my head that’s been telling me to post these photos on Facebook instead, given the amount of twee images or a bizarrely aching sweet tooth (if you are the overly emphatic type) this letter might leave you with .

However, there is also this ultra- girly girl inside that tells me to write you a letter about this, if only to keep pretty pictures lying around with the mail. You know, that pixie dust- believing, RomCom- watching, gushing-at-cute-babies side of every woman that allows her to appreciate a dainty spread for brunch or high tea.

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cupped, captivated, captured

Dearest ______,

I’m starting to think that for the past few years or so, there has been a Movement going on somewhere in the world, propelling Cupcakes to the brink of world domination.  I grew up in the 1990’s, and I’m pretty sure that I would remember if this little dessert had made any impact or even a little presence in those formative years.  But try as I may, I have no real recollection of being over the moon with cupcakes… until now…  just when I’m at an age when I should start thinking about health and sugar levels and all that sh–prinkle.

There are reality- slash- cooking shows on television that revolve around sisters, best friends, and the reality TV staple contestants who all have dedicated their lives to the creation and mastery of the tiny, sweet, sweet goodness of cupcakes…  Mmm…

I would have just dismissed the cupcake as being these past years’ dessert du jour, had I not found out that people have actually already been making cupcakes for every single meal… like Spaghetti cupcakes complete with Bolognese sauce and meatballs… and even going as far as topping cupcakes with seafood and salmon chive cream cheese!  Call me paranoid, but I think the cupcakes are on to us.  We’ve been cupped.  Captivated.  Captured into the tiny clutches of these deceptively cute and yet alarmingly packed- with- yummy- cake fillings dessert.  Or meal, now that I have finally seen the light.

This week’s brain- washing is care of Dessert.Cup, conveniently stationed near my office, which is smack in the middle of the city.  Dessert.Cup, a coyly small stall at the mall, selling all these coyly adorable desserts in, well, cups!   Yummy in my Belly!  Party in my Tummy!

All Hail the Mighty Cupcake!

Love,
Karlita

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sonya’s garden (lovely, leafy lunch)

Dearest ______,

When I found out that my friends and I were going to Tagayatay (Cavite, Philippines), I quickly nominated eating at Antonio’s for lunch.  Because everybody, and I mean, everybody has been saying amazing things about it, all through the years.

The day we drove up to Tagaytay though, was a Monday.  F for failed research, because Monday actually happens to be the only day Antonio’s is closed for general cleaning and maintenance.   None of us knew this, so we had to unanimously vote for a substitute-  Sonya’s Graden.  Of course “unanimous” only means that I practically had to plead and hard- sell the case to a car full of carnivorous males.

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macaron antoinette

Dearest ______,

I just had the strongest craving for French Macarons the other day. I want to break an exquisite set of fine bone China whenever I think of the 10 pieces of Laduree macarons that I left behind in the farthest corner of my friends’ London flat. I can only hope that they found the box in time… le sigh.

It’s a tad too grotesque for someone from the Third World to complain about matters the 16th Century’s French brats elites whined about, but seriously… really… don’t they just make you a little weak on the knees?

Food photography I did for my friend's pastry shop here in Singapore, some time last year.
Food photography I did for my friend's pastry shop here in Singapore, some time last year.

Gooey, chewy cookie on the outside… melted meringue concoction in the inside… tell me, why can’t one just turn Macaron Antoinette for a day? I’ve had them from all over town- Gobi, Bakerzin, Canele, etc. And I know now that they can be painfully sweet (believe one who has had five in succession- not the smartest idea), so I’ve been trying to regulate the macaron madness. But now, I yearn.

If you’re into baking and such, here’s a neat entry from Cake Journal on how to make French Macarons! If you’ve successfully done so, please please please remember how to find me.

Love,
Karlita

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today in happiness: cupcakes with love

Dearest ______,

Friday night, just as I was easing myself into this long weekend ahead, I received the sweetest surprise from a very sweet guy.

If you share the same sentiment with me- that Red Velvet is the best dessert in the whole world, then today in happiness is a delightful Saturday breakfast I’d love to share with you:

Paired with your favourite cup of tea (mine is Twinings Chamomile and Spearmint),

Hellooo long weekend…

The Cupcakes With Love shop + cafe is at 348 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore.  For more details…

cupcakes with Love,

Karlita

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