Recipes and Reassurance


I promised I’d post the recipe to the Toffee Chocolate Cupcakes that I showed you the other day. Its at the bottom of this post, I promise. If you’d like, skip ahead, make the cupcakes, and join me back here in about thirty minutes when you have one in your hand. You’ll have the ingredients on hand, I pretty much promise you. They’re THAT easy. I’ll wait.

Okay, back? Cupcake in hand? Awesome. On we go.

After my post yesterday, I started spotting, which led me to believe that my period was starting. Okay, great, I’d sort of expected that. When my temperature dropped this morning, I felt like that was further confirmation. But since then, NOTHING. Hardly any spots at all, and that’s it. So what’s the deal, AUNT FLO? WHERE ARE YOU? If this cycle is over, then great, its over. If its not, then GIVE ME A FRIGGING POSITIVE already. Am I right?

In other news, I had the most wonderful phone call yesterday. I was waiting for the RE at the fertility clinic (or someone) to call me back and make an appointment. There was going to be a whole lot of discussion between me and J, deciding what interventions we were going to use, but those concerns were nearly nipped in the bud with twenty minutes on the phone.

The woman who called was so helpful, so insightful, so understanding of what we were going through. She told me how normal it was for women to have trouble trying to conceive. She told me that we might actually be ‘practicing’ TOO much ( a fact that J might be sorely disappointed about…I’m sure he was vouching for MORE ‘practice’). She suggested, based on my cycle patterns, a schedule, if you will, of ‘practices’. Once on CD10, and then every other day from CD14 to CD26. If that doesn’t work, then the following month, try once on CD10 and then every other day from CD13-25. This way, you really can’t miss ovulation – if you don’t hit the day of, at least you’ve got the before and after taken care of.

Am I rambling yet?

She kept me on the phone for about 25 minutes, sharing stories with me of women in similar situations, such as her niece, who had conceived this way after a year of struggles. She reassured me that I wasn’t broken. She told us to have a few tests done with our doctors first, before shelling out the big bucks to come to their clinic. All in all, I hung up the phone feeling like HEY GUYS, THERE MIGHT BE A CHANCE AFTER ALL!.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe for my:


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups water (or brewed coffee)
1 bag toffee bits (optional)

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl and whisk to aerate. Combine wet ingredients in another bowl, and whisk until uniform in colour and texture. Using a rubber spatula, mix the two together, getting out the majority of the lumps. Mix in the toffee bits, roughly half of the bag, depending on how toffee-ish you like them. Fill cupcake tins about 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

These are awesome without icing (and vegan, minus the toffee bits), but because I’m no longer dairy free, I topped them with chocolate icing. Its the same icing recipe listed on the ‘Recipes’ page, with my chocolate cake from way back in the very beginning. Sprinkle with the remaining toffee bits, and enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Recipes and Reassurance

  1. My period was a week late this cycle, temps even looked triphasic, but then they started slowly slipping down. I totally understand the “Just show up so I know!” mentality. Good luck!

  2. Pingback: Cake for Grandma: The Ultimate Chocolate Cake | baking & babies

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