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many a time i find myself home alone. finally, this does not spark a 6-hour episode of paranoid fear governed by¬†desperate searching outside the living room window for the site of familiar faces heading toward the house. ha! i’m fearless.

so, with no one around to judge me, i whip up single-serving treats of cookies, brownies, and cakes. i’ve noticed recently that i hardly make anything venturing out of these three categories… you should notice by ‘single-serving’ i just mean they’re made to serve me alone.

but sometimes i don’t finish them in time and my family finds my half-eaten pans of baked goods. and then i have to share.

brother: can i have some of the brownie?
me: no.
brother: can i have a little?
me: …fine. *cuts a piece the size of a single rolo chocolate*

go-to recipe during times of bored hunger—hershey’s best brownies ! something about the crispy, chewy crust of an otherwise gooey brownie is hard to deny.


when times get rough n tough, make sugar stuffs. i just made that up. it should be my life motto, since it very honestly reflects my strategy for dealing with stressful times.

i also turn to thinking about what kind of gifts i should get for my family and friends, or how exciting it will be when i finally get a cat. at the moment, i know i would like three particular breeds: an exotic shorthair, a british shorthair, and a scottish fold. very sweet, mild-tempered cats, that are suitable for never leaving the house and venturing outside unsupervised. because i don’t want to share my cats with terrifying, grubby hands. i shall be a jealous, smothering cat-owner. cat-friend.

anyway. a little while ago i made some sweet things for my friend’s birthday. and then again because i felt like it. and then once again for a get-together with my friends, which is pretty much a day i used to fulfill my evil plan of converting all of my classmates into sock-toy-making christmas elves (i probably won’t explain this anytime soon).¬† frankly, making these things was just an excuse to throw together chocolate, marshmallows, and bananas in holy matrimony. and oh boy! did i feel special once i dumped all the dishes into the sink and wiped up my working space and realized i had just made my very own creation based off a simple cocoa brownie recipe. chocolate-banana-marshmallow cupcakes to the rescue! stuff yourself silly with these cakey brownie-s’more-like treats, with a de-lightful banana flavour. that’s what my sister did. except she was silly to begin with.

i love these things! huzzah ! and if you make these, i hope you do too.

recipe: chocolate-banana-marshmallow cakey-things
makes 12 cupcakes

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted and cooled
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chilled coffee (i just added a tablespoon of maxwell house with 1/4 cup of boiling water, and then chucked it into the freezer until it was cold)
1 ripe banana, mashed
6 marshmallows

preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. line your muffin tin. cut your marshmallows into half and set aside.

stir together the melted butter/margarine, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. beat in egg. in a medium-sized bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, then gradually add that into the egg mixture, beating until it’s all well-blended. stir in the chilled coffee and mashed banana. fill batter into muffin molds.

bake for about 20-30 minutes, or until just set. gently press half a marshmallow onto each of the cupcakes and then bake for another 15 minutes, or until the marshmallow is slightly browned. or, you could bake it even longer until you like the colour of your marshmallows :P

and then stuff yourself silly.