Friday, August 6, 2010

Sugared Cinema: Teen Witch (1989)

 Omni, sumanaro, sumanaro, wa-wan.

Poor Louise.  Will anything ever go right for her?  Brad's in love with Randa, no one showed up for her birthday party and her best friend Polly eventually goes on to become a famous Hollywood yoga instructor for Jennifer Aniston (true story.)

Enter Madame Serena.  Equal parts creepy and cute, she helps Louise uncover secret powers she never knew she had, including the ability to dress like a refined prostitute.

At a time when salicylic acid ruled my medicine cabinet, Teen Witch was my coming-of-age movie of choice.  My sister, Mariko, introduced it to me when it debuted on HBO and I continued to watch it over and over with my best friend, Hanny.  While waiting for my mom or dad to come pick me up from her house, we would practice the final dance in her front yard.

Particularly the 1:55 minute mark.

I'd by lying if I said I wasn't a little bit teary. 

Hanny texted me last week to tell me she was making snickerdoodles.  We used to eat those sugary, cinnamon-y cookies and wash them down with Berry Blue Kool-Aid like it was our job when we weren't being school patrols.

As a tribute to my partner-in-crime of 25+ years (and because I'm a huge sucker for nostalgia), I'm revisiting one of my favorite food memories...with a twist.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
Recipe by Martha Stewart (or M-Stew, as I like to call her)

Here's what you'll need:

3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus 1/4 teaspoon
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar, plus 1 Tablespoon
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 12-muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients:  both flours, baking powder, salt and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Beat in one egg at a time, making sure each one is mixed in well.

Beat in the vanilla.

On low, alternate mixing in the dry and wet ingredients.  The golden rule:  start with dry and end with dry.  Don't forget to give the sides a hearty scrapedown in between additions.

Fill each cupcake liner about three-quarters full.

Let them bake for 18-20 minutes or until one passes the toothpick test.

While the cupcakes cool on a rack, prepare your favorite icing.  I went with (what else?) buttercream.

Ice those babies.

In a small bowl, mix together  the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 Tablespoon sugar.  Sprinkle the mixture over the icing on each cupcake.

And there you have it.  A snickerdoodle cupcake.  These are a delightful spin on an old (well, our old) favorite.  They'll make you want to dance, sing and possibly spit a few rhymes.

Supersonic, idiotic, disconnecting, not respecting...

...who would ever really wanna go and top that?

Honestly, I don't really give a--about tryin' to top that.  Unless we're topping it with buttercream.


  1. Damn. I don't think I know that movie. What's wrong with me?!?!?!!!!

    My goodness on those cupcakes. My PB&J is not looking too good right now. Me want cupcake!

  2. Ali, are we long lost twins? I lost count of how many times I watched that movie in college...hungover on a Sunday.

    And I swear that the chick who played Louise was on an episode of the Mentalist last season. Took me a while to figure out what long forgotten movie she was in but I'm sure it was her.

  3. Margie - oh please please please watch it. I eat a PB&J every day. Strawberry jammy?

    Wendi - Yes! Perfect hangover material. Louis was in Karate Kid 3, as well. I don't watch Gossip Girl but I discovered that Blake Lively is Louise's little sister. Random factoids galore.

  4. Ali, my brain is stuffed with random facts like this. Which can be rather annoying when I need to remember important my alarm code.

  5. It was grape. Realsies? I'm not supposed to eat it. Shhhh....

    I think those 3 years my dad cut the cable out may have lead to me missing this movie. How about The Worst Witch with Fairuza Balk?

    BRB, adding Teen Witch to my Netflix.

  6. I just had one of these (thanks to Mike for bringing them) and they are AMAZING!!! Really good recipe... Gyselle, :)

  7. Gyselle - thanks for stopping by :) I'm glad you enjoyed it! If you call it a muffin instead of a cupcake, it's a perfectly acceptable breakfast option.

  8. LOL - LOVE LOVE that movie...seriously! that is one of my fondest movie that!

    Lovely cupcakes

  9. Jennifurla - thanks!

    Liam - I still want that 2nd Ego light...and a 3rd and a 4th...

  10. Yummy! I know someone who would love this cupcake - my daughter. Nice pictures!

  11. I still love the scene when Richie makes Louise breakfast in bed! Thanks for the tribute! What I wouldn't give for some Berry Blue Kool Aid right now! And I know with this recipe... "you're going to be the most popular girl!!!" Love you! -Your Partner in Crime

  12. Love your blog. Those cupcakes look GREAT!

  13. The cupcakes look fantastic but I must confess, I never saw that movie. . .

  14. Hysosun - thank you! Make some and bring them with you next time you head to NY :)

    Hanny - "I took the liberty of ironing your homework..." So happy you made it in :D xoxox

    Alwayzbaking - thanks for stopping by!

    Rick - Must. add. to Netflix queue.

  15. I love that movie. I watch it everytime it is on. Great recipe.

  16. Best. Movie. Ever. And those cupcakes look great too!

  17. Wow...this just took me allll the way back. I was semi-obsessed with this movie growing up. Guilty.

    Cupcake = Awesome
    Snickerdoodle = Delicious
    Snickerdoode + Cupcake = Nom Nom Nom

    Nice blog, btw :)

  18. Keep the Teen Witch lovefest alive! Thanks for the comments, Stacy and Kat :D

  19. It's sad that without having actually seen that movie that I know that Louise is in fact Robyn Lively. Older sister to one Blake Lively. I think I need help.

  20. Of course this entry was done while I was on vacation. I demand these next time I'm down in VA to hang out!

    Actually, I might try making these soon. I love snickerdoodles.

  21. The vanilla probably is one of the more important parts to it.