A prod, a boost, whatever. Yes! Sit at the laptop and enjoy seeing the words magically appear on the screen again.
Oh how good it feels!
I have been so very busy of late, holidaying over Christmas and settling back into work for the new school year. I even had my first attempt at catering, baking cupcakes for a Wedding! How exciting!
I spent December and January in my adopted 'homeland', America. Enjoying time in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Christmas and New Year in New York. Oh bliss! And my yearning for all things buttery, maple-ey, hot-doggery and pretzel-y will likely see my return in September this year.
But enough about my summertime antics, lets talk about the absolutely gorgeous cupcakes I made for the Wedding last month...
Bless you Larissa Lindsay for asking me to bake the sweet morsels for your nuptials. It indeed was a pleasure.
Also many many many thanks to The Hummingbird Bakery. I have no affiliation with you (or anyone in the bakery world for that matter) but it is your cookbook that provided me with the recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes. In my opinion, this is the best Red Velvet recipe I have ever baked and I have tried a few. I doubled the mixture and baked it 6 times and it worked out perfect each time, producing a whopping 85 large cupcakes.
I was a little nervous to start with as I had never really 'catered' for anyone before. I turned my nerves into confidence and made sure I had everything at hand on the day of baking. I even did a test batch of the cupcakes for the Bride and Groom beforehand so I knew for certain that they were going to be happy. I mean, you do want things to be perfect on your wedding day, right?
I am happy to report there are no tales of dropped cake pans, faulty ovens, broken mix masters or tantrums. I was super-organised and started early. I baked all morning up until lunchtime with Def Leppard playing in the background. I was rocking out old school and having a wonderful time.
The following day, after coming home from work, it was time to pipe on the cream cheese frosting.
Frosting the cupcakes was a little more of a challenge. With there being so many cupcakes and such a large quantity of cream cheese frosting, I knew I would need a little help. I enlisted in the help of friend (and the Bride's Maid of Honour) Kellie and her beautiful 9 year old daughter, Chloe to gild each cream cheese frosted cake with gold dust as I piped on the frosting. It was like a little production line!
I delivered the cupcakes, all 7 boxes of them to the restaurant, with my car air conditioner pumping overtime and felt the biggest sense of relief as the cakes were taken from my hands and placed into the restaurant's cold room. Be free my little babies!
So for two days work, (including me going to my day job) a lot of love, rock music and over-heating electric hand beaters, I got the cakes baked, iced and delivered. I even got to attend the Wedding and Reception! I was very nervous as dessert was served, but I was worried over nothing. The cakes were a success! *Phew!*
The whole experience was a very positive one for me. I really love baking. Most of all it is lovely to hear from others that my efforts are both delicious as well as visually appealing. Maybe if I had a bigger oven and a mixer with a little more oomph I might even consider doing this more often. Who knows! At this stage, my biggest aspirations are to buy a stand mixer. I still love my dinky little hand beater, even if at times it feels and smells like it is going to blow up.
Would I do this again? Absolutely! I really enjoyed the whole experience. I truly feel that I have a calling for baking. It is something that really does make me happy. If I could make a living out of it and still be happy? Well that remains to be seen. Wish me luck anyway!
Until next time...