Friday, April 12, 2013

A cupcake a day (hour ... minute ...)

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Like many people, I spend wayyyy too much time on Pinterest. When you're a writer, you don't get out much, or at least I don't get out much (especially in the winter). Pinterest is a visual feast every time you log on. If I'm feeling down, I simply log on and get a treat for the eyes.  And it's a good thing it's a virtual treat, because more than anything, I seem to be following people who post pictures of cupcakes.

OMG -- who knew there was such cupcake artistry out there.  Cakes, sure -- but cupcakes?  Some of these delicate little cakes must take HOURS to decorate.

When I was a kid, the only time I ever got a cupcake was if it was someone's birthday at school.  Many times someone's mom would appear after lunch with a great big white bakery box and you knew what was in store.  But they were never decorated.  Just yellow or chocolate cupcakes with some frosting tossed on. Tasted great, and nobody thought about decorating further.  (Okay, MAYBE you MIGHT get one with sprinkles.)

I once took a cake decorating class, and despite the certificate I earned at the end of the course, there was no way on earth I was ever going to have any kind of cake decorating talent.  Roses?  Fugettaboutit. They all looked like pink blobs.  (And, in fact, I gave Brenda my lack of decorating talent in Bound By Suggestion.)

When I'm feeling down, I think about driving over to the bakery and buying myself a cupcake. I'd never make a batch, because then I'd have to eat them all--and Mr. Scale would not like that.

Lately my mind has been focused far too much on cupcakes.  It's been a very busy week, I've worked hard, and I think I deserve a treat.

Off to the bakery I go.

Have you got any cake decorating talent, and if so, how long did you have to practice to make a realistic rose?


Jeannie D. said...

The cupcake photos are beautiful. I dabble in making Fondant cakes. I have made a baby complete with diaper and a belly button. I made Dale Jr's car. I made my grandson a farm cake complete with little mini vegetables made of fondant in his garden. But for the life of me I cannot make a rose!

Anonymous said...

LOL! Glad to hear I'm not the only one. Love the idea of the baby cake.

Anonymous said...

I have zero talent, but my father was a baker. To this day, it amazes me that he could make a perfect rose only using a little dowel.

Aurian said...

I have zero talent or patience to even want to try this. I do admire the people who do this. I have seen some pretty's at the bakery, but to me, they are far too expensive to buy. I'll just buy some plain chocolate chocolate-chip muffins.

Lover of Books said...

I can do roses but it's been awhile so I use super stiff frosting. I practiced a lot! Before I do another cake, I take a couple of days and practice with frosting. They're still not like bakeries but something in between.