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cheap thrills: things to do for under $10 (item 10)

cheap thrills has finally reached its tenth anniversary! we will celebrate with chocolate cupcakes! this is probably my favorite free thing to do:

make up an occasion that calls for celebrating!

the truth is, once you get yourself in the mindset of a celebration, the celebration itself becomes the special occasion. get creative! make yourself a treat, invite friends, and have so much fun you forget why your get-together was called to begin with! here's a great cupcake recipe to start you off:

ingredients you will need: 

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
5 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

1 1/3 c warm water
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar

before you get going, make sure you have a tin for a dozen cupcakes either lined with cups or individually sprayed or oiled

preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit

as far as method, it's as easy as 1,2,3,4.

1. sift the dry ingredients together.
2. combine the liquid ingredients separately.
3. then mix the two. don't worry about lumps, just give a few good strokes.
4. fill the tins and bake around 20 minutes. when they smell delicious, they're done (test with a toothpick or butterknife).

as far as frosting, i'll leave that up to you. i usually forgo the frosting in favor of turning them into little cupcake-ice cream sandwiches before i devour them. whatever you decide, enjoy!

Published Monday, May 19, 2008 5:53 PM by emcee christmas
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