Q and A with Readers

After receiving numerous emails and questions from my readers. I’ve decided to answer a few of them below.

Q : What Does My Daily Routine Consist Of?

I as a parent and baker love to do research online for new recipes and ideas on what to cook next all the time. I also like to take the time to enjoy and relax. I particularly like to sleep and use my rocking chair along with some rocking chair cushions which i found from ebay.com. This is one of the things i look forward to the most everyday. Coming home from work to do some browsing on either pinterest.com or some food bloggers. Then i would whip up the recipe and ingredients(if i have them at hand) and make them. I’ll usually start making it in small batches first, to try it out and see if tastes any good. After that I go to my rocking chair or sofa and enjoy it whilst watching some television or a movie. This is basically how i relax and enjoy life.

Q : What’s My Day Job?

Well, at the moment I currently work at an elementary school. I primarily teach the students English and Basic Maths. I love my job and would never change it for anything. I first started teaching when I was in my early 20’s and have been doing so for almost 15 years now. The kids and teachers at my school are all very friendly and it is overall a very comfortable environment.

Q : Am I Married?

Yes, I am currently married. I have been married for almost 7 years now.I also have 2 daughters with a whole bunch of stepsons and stepdaughters.

Q : What Are my Favourite Foods?

Personally, i love eating almost everything. I particularly enjoy eating western and Asian food. I love eating sushi and raw seafood such as tuna and salmon. I also love to experiment and try out new things. I’ve been to many restaurants around the world and have tested virtually every single food!

Q : What Do I Typically Do On The Weekends?

Well, this question really depends. On some days, I’ll relax and watch a movie, on other days I’ll either be taking the kids out to play or sleeping. Sometimes I correct and mark homework but those are usually done on the weekdays as the amount isn’t that much for elementary kids.

Thanks for the questions and I hope you enjoyed them. Keep sending them in at my email and I’ll get to answering them in the next Q and A session!

Chocolate Porter Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes
While I was getting all the ingredients ready for this batch of cupcakes, I decided to pour myself a glass of the porter that would be used in the cupcake batter and icing. It took me about 10 sips or so to realize “hey, I don’t like porters at all.” It did however, taste great in these amazing cupcakes. You know, if you’re into chocolate beer cupcakes.

I used a kurofune porter. It had a hint of coffee and chocolate, which made me want to buy it for baking these cupcakes.

Chocolate porter cupcakes. Don’t they look delicious?

Vanilla porter buttercream. I added quite a bit more of the porter to this. I wanted a very beer tasting icing.

And we’re done. Chocolate porter cupcakes with a vanilla porter buttercream. I’m pretty sure they look as good as they taste.

I definitely don’t recommend eating a dozen of these and then trying to operate heavy machinery. If you do, it’s at your own risk Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • ⅓ Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Cup Melted Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Cup Porter Beer (I used a Kurofune porter)

For the buttercream

  • 4-5 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • ½ Cup Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Porter Beer (I added about 3 tablespoons and balanced it out with more powdered sugar)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Teaspoons Heavy Cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F, and line a regular cupcake pan with twelve liners.

When measuring the flour, make sure to sift it first, then carefully spoon into the measuring cup/spoons, being careful not to tap the utensil, so that the flour doesn’t settle. Level with a knife. Do the same when measuring the cocoa powder.

  • Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients until well mixed. Add in the melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and ¼ cup of the beer, and mix until mostly combined.
  • Scrape down the sides of the mixture, add the remaining beer, and mix until well incorporated, scraping down the sides again if necessary.
  • Fill each of the cupcake liners ¾ of the way, and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Let sit in the pan for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Place the butter and 4 cups of powdered sugar in a mixer, and mix until well combined.
  • Add in the beer, vanilla extract, and heavy cream, until creamy.

If the mixture is too thick, add more beer, a teaspoon at a time, if it is too thin, add about two tablespoons of powdered sugar at a time until it is to your desired consistency for piping.

  • Fit a pastry bag with a star attachment, and pipe stars onto the surface of the completely cooled cupcake, leaving no gaps. Enjoy!