- Go for it! It is great to live overseas and see a different part of the world.
- The first year is hard; know that going in. In fact, anytime you move to another city, place (even in your home country) it is hard. Go gentle on yourself and know that it'll take some time to make friends, figure out where to shop, find a doctor, etc. There are lots of big things and little things to learn and it will be more challenging in a different country. Keep your chin up and persevere. See what I've learnt as an expat.
- Living abroad is a great time to start a clean slate. You can be whomever you want to be. No one knows your past life. (That sounds like a convict comment but just encouraging people that it is alright to try new things personally and professionally)
- When in Rome be a Roman - enjoy your new country and immerse yourself in its' culture, customs, food, etc.
|shiny and smooth, no lumps and not too hot|
|shiny and smooth and now thicker|
5. In a separate bowl, lightly hand whisk/mix 3 eggs. Make sure the chocolate mixture is not too hot as you will end up with egg drop cupcakes and will have to start all over. Add eggs and hand beat quickly.
|make sure the chocolate batter is not too hot; fold eggs in quickly|
6. Pour or spoon mixture into baking cups and cook for 25 mins. Use toothpick or grill kebab metal stick to make sure cupcakes are baked through. To start the cooling process, you can turn them 1/2 way (see below).
|Cupcakes will cool faster on their side|
7. While cupcakes are cooling, make the Fudge Frosting. Melt butter in a saucepan or microwave and pour into mixing bowl. Add cocoa and beat through.
|make sure any lumps of cocoa are gone; should be smooth|
8. Add powdered/icing sugar and milk slowly in 3 lots and beat after each addition. When finished, beat on high for 4 minutes. You must beat the frosting for a long time to add air and "fluffen" it up.
|frosting is fluffy, light and has increased in size due to 4 mins of mixing|
9. Icing the cupcakes: make sure cupcakes are completely cool before frosting them. If they are at all warm, the frosting, which is high in butter, will melt. You can use a spoon to spread frosting OR cut the side of a plastic sandwich bag on the diagonal and frosting cupcakes that way. Or alternatively, you can buy decorated baking cups, sprinkles and tips from a crafts store, grocery store, even Big W and create fancy cupcakes like the bottom photo.
|Another use for a plastic bag; better than a sandwich :)|
|much prettier than using a knife, heh?|
|"Fancy Nancy" cupcakes; easy for me to make as I have all the supplies. |
They are now easier to find locally at craft store, grocery stores and BigW.