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Well, my bags are packed, I’ve got my travel guides in hand, and I am ready to go! By this time tomorrow I will be in Berlin practicing my very poor German. Once again I want to thank all of you for your advice and encouragement. I promise to come back from Berlin, Prague and Vienna with as many pictures and stories as I can.

But before I go, I want to make something very clear. Don’t think that just because I’m gone you’re going to laze around eating chocolates and Christmas cookies! I expect all of you to keep up a steady pace of blogging so that when I return I will have hours and hours and hours worth of blog posts to catch up on.

Furthermore, I expect all of you to continue what you’ve been doing all year, which is inspiring me with your talents and abilities in the kitchen. Anyone caught slacking will have to come after school for detention, Cream Puff style!

To provide you with a bit of incentive, I’m handing out an assignment. Your homework is to come up with a name for the cupcakes pictured above. I will give you a few hints to help you. They’re made with dark chocolate. The frosting is made of white chocolate and cream cheese. The flower is not real, nor is it edible.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting is not an acceptable name.

I want originality! I want creativity! I want you to do your homework!

So send me your responses and when I get back from my trip I will post the recipe for these cupcakes along with the name that I’ve chosen (from your submissions). The student who submits the best name (as chosen by me) will win a brand new copy of Tish Boyle’s The Good Cookie, which happens to be the Flavour of the Month for December 2006.

I’m off, my friends! I’ll be back in two weeks. In the meantime, stay happy and healthy and don’t forget to do your homework.

Class dismissed.

Ciao!