At dinner one night in early 2006, some good friends mentioned that they were trying to decide where to buy cupcakes for their wedding. I surprised myself and others at the table by offering to bake for them (I had never baked a cupcake before – ever!). My friends surprised me by accepting. Their wedding was Dec 31, 2007, and I had exactly nine months to learn to bake wedding-worthy cupcakes. I baked a new cupcake for them every week and let them choose their three favorites for the big day. My friends were the reason that I started this blog and I am forever grateful to them for letting me bake their cupcakes. I wrote the post below after the big day was over.
I can’t believe it’s over! I’ve been baking a cupcake flavor each week for the past nine months in preparation for one day.
Nine Months on a Cupcake Project as Compared to a Nine Month Pregnancy
|Weight is always gained.||You may gain weight. I managed to only gain a few pounds.|
|Husbands sometimes gain sympathy weight.||Everyone you know has the opportunity to gain weight.|
|You think about foods such as pickles.||You only think about cupcakes.|
|People you encounter always ask how the pregnancy is coming along. They sometimes want to touch your belly.||People you encounter always ask how the cupcakes are coming along. They always want to touch your cupcakes.|
|Your friends don’t get to choose the sex of the baby.||Your friends get to choose the flavors of the cupcakes.|
|The big day is hard. There isn’t much your friends and family can do other than sit there and try to keep you calm.||The big day is hard, but you can put your friends and family to work.|
|When everyone sees the baby for the first time there are lots of oohs and aahs.||When everyone sees the cupcakes there are lots of oohs and aahs.|
|You do not eat the baby.||You eat the cupcakes.|
|You feel relieved to be done with the labor and have a happy healthy baby, but nervous about what’s ahead.||You feel relieved to be done with the labor and now you can relax and party!!|
Let’s Back Up a Bit
- 1. Scrape frosting off.
- 2. Use small amounts of water to wipe off the residue.
- 3. Leave them out to dry. (We tried drying some on low heat in the oven, but it dried out the entire cupcake.)