I have always loved going to weddings. Weddings are such a happy time because everyone is celebrating love. However, throughout the years, I have liked weddings for different reasons. Right now, it’s about celebrating love and no one is really sad, but when I was a child, I used to like to go to weddings to see the bride all dressed up and the most important part… THE CAKE.
Have you ever watched the show, DC Cupcakes, on TLC? I remember when it first aired in 2010. It was interesting to see how they build their big projects with a whole bunch of cupcakes. I must admit that it is a pretty clever idea, but I think it doesn’t look as good as a whole cake (such as in Cake Boss on TLC).
Sometimes you feel like you’ve had such a bad day that you just need to do something that will make you feel better… anything to get your mind off of all the bad things and just focus on what you are doing in the moment. Baking is that thing that helps me get through those bad times. I feel like no matter what I bake, I have a recipe right beside me to help me out.
D- was going to a football draft meeting turned potluck lunch a few weeks ago. When he told me about it, I was first excited about going to his drafting because I always wanted to see how that goes. But then immediately after that thought, I said “Let’s make dessert!” I am always in the mood to make cupcakes, but I never really have a reason to make them, so this was the perfect opportunity. I went browsing through my cookbooks one night and found the perfect cupcake recipe in Flo Braker’s book.
Baking is such a fun hobby to take on. Not only do you get to enjoy yourself by doing what you love, but your friends and family can enjoy them too. They’ll secretly love you more (than they already do of course 🙂 ). Since I don’t have much family and friends around me, I either give them to my co-workers and/or D-‘s co-workers. It boosts up morale in the office and you get to hear what people think of them. I love how I can bake treats for D- and his co-workers because with much stress at work, there’s a little glimmer of happiness when treats are being passed around.
I used to make these little cupcake bites from Bakerella quite a few times on my own (you can see my halloween version here). I feel it is a very relaxing process to make these because there are so many steps, but yet it’s very simple to make. It’s almost like an assembly line. Such order can make you feel like everything is in your control. You can change the colors of the candy melts or the cake and frosting in the middle, but the whole process usually stays the same, which I like. I also like making the chocolate go on perfectly (no cake is showing). It is quite difficult, but once you get it, it feels so good!
My last trip to SoCal was very productive, in regards to being a foodie. I had so many delicious sweets and meals (yes, sweets come first!) that I didn’t get to try all that I wanted to when I was there. I guess I’m just lucky enough to even try these places. I shall go back and try something different when I have the chance.