My eldest daughter volunteered my services to make some chocolate cupcakes for her class party. Her teacher had said it was a wonderful idea. Shame she didn’t tell me… well she did give me a couple of days notice. After all her and her teacher had discussed this 2 weeks prior.
This was all going fine, up until I had to take some medication.
This little tablet made making cupcakes one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done.
I sat down making all the pure chocolate decorations in the afternoon, so by the time I had baked, cooled and piped a swirl on top, I knew that it wouldn’t take long to finish and head for an early night.
I love my chocolate roses, I’ve definitely improved my technique since I first made them last year. Thinking about it, I’m glad I took photos, or I wouldn’t really remember these cake at all.
I had enough cake batter left over that I made our house a little cake. With some brushed sugar syrup to keep it moist and oodles of chocolate buttercream to please my sweet tooth. I was so tired that I grabbed the biggest piping nozzle I had, and piped this cake in 3 minutes. I don’t even remember putting the gold balls on (so it was a nice surprise in the morning).
The up side to the cupcakes was the class loved them, and one even said it was the best cupcake they had ever had. So I must have done something right that evening. The kids especially like the modelling chocolate decorations.
Fortunately I don’t have to take this medication again, so no more sleepy baking sessions.
I have a few things planned for October. I am doing a 3 tier chocolate cake inspired by Van Gogh ‘Starry Night,’ for the school Arts Festival. The cake will either be a raffle or silent auction – must be strong and not bid on my own cake…or I won’t be able to fit into the wedding dress for next year.
There is a few birthday cakes, and obviously Halloween. Which I must improve on my Jack O Lantern Cake from last year – in the gallery.
I also want to make a Hansel & Gretel wicked witch house. Again, must remember my waist line!
A friend of mine has also asked whether I’d be interesting in teaching some cake basics to some customers of hers. So there are plenty of things to keep me busy in the next few weeks.
And not only baking,I have my knitting class to plan. Must design and knit a springtime shrug, write the pattern down. Easy peasy…. much easier than baking with a dose of drowsy.