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So. Many. Cupcakes. October 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — kward23 @ 3:06 pm

Living on a college campus opens up a world of opportunities when it comes to baking for others. For example, my suitemate’s senior vocal recital was today, so when she was weighing her options for reception treats, I was one of her choices. She’s tasted pretty much every cupcake I’ve made since I’ve gotten here, so she already knew exactly what to expect. I, on the other hand, had no idea what I was getting myself into. Her initial request provided me with little information, but I knew I’d at least get paid for my time and effort. Little did I know, I would be expected to bake at least 80 mini cupcakes. I didn’t think it would be too bad, considering they would be tiny and mini cupcakes don’t take too long in the oven. What I didn’t think about, however, was the fact that I had to pipe frosting onto each and every one. We decided on some pretty basic cupcakes, using a vanilla cake for half of them and chocolate cake for the other half. Both cakes turned out fantastically. We also chose some pretty basic frostings, finally choosing vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. This would give guests a fair selection and it covered most people’s flavor preferences.

I’ve gotten into the habit of preparing the dry ingredients ahead of time so 1) I have less to carry up to the kitchen and 2) I can save myself some time in the kitchen. So when it came time to bake the cupcakes yesterday, I was fully prepared and made my way upstairs. 3 long hours later, I was finally finished baking, frosting, and decorating. Don’t get me wrong, I love baking and making cupcakes look adorable. But 96 cupcakes is a lot. Like way more than I expected and a lot more exhausting than I expected. I managed to make it through the day without eating a single cupcake (but that says nothing about batter and leftover frosting), which was really hard to do. Have you ever actually tried to bake that many cupcakes and not eat any of them? I didn’t think I could do it. Especially after looking at this:

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And they aren’t even frosted yet. But no worries, I have a picture of the frosted cupcakes too!

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If you click on the picture, you’ll be able to grasp the full cuteness. I can’t believe I didn’t eat any of them until the actual recital today. They were delicious. And I’m guessing everyone else thought so too because they disappeared pretty quickly. With any luck I’ll be able to find a picture of the whole set up, but that may not happen because cupcakes were disappearing as soon as they were being put out.

All in all, my first real catering experience (other than the baby shower last month) was good. I’m hoping to be able to do some more and really experience it!

 

Review: Heavenly Cupcakes October 16, 2011

Filed under: Reviews,Uncategorized — kward23 @ 2:38 am

I tend to avoid going to cupcake places because being exposed to that much cake is just dangerous to my health.  But nonetheless, I go in and see what they have.  I’ve been told by a few different people that I needed to check out this small bakery in Kent because everyone knows I love cupcakes.  I took their advice (or at least attempted to) one day, only to find that they had sold out for the day and had already closed.  So I went back the next day, and thank goodness they were still open.  Being a little later in the day, there wasn’t really a lot left, but the cupcake I did have was delicious.

The shop itself is absolutely adorable.  There are cute little tables set up so you can sit and enjoy your cupcakes in the store while basking in the pink and white cupcake decor.  Everything about it screams cupcakes.  Then you get to the counter where you can browse their daily selection.  I had glanced over their menu online to see what I could expect, and unfortunately by the time I got there the cupcake I really wanted to try was gone.  I guess I’ll have to go earlier in the day at some point.  I ended up getting their Lemon Fluff cupcake and boy was it delicious.

The cake itself was incredibly soft and definitely lemon.  It was topped with a light lemon buttercream and, to my surprise, filled with a lemon cream.  I’m usually a little uneasy about that much lemon, but the weather has been awful lately and this burst of lemon made it all better.  They weren’t shy about the lemon flavor either.  I got it in the first little bite, all the way until I finished off the little lemon cookie topper.

I will definitely return to the bakery to see what other cupcakes I can try, and maybe I’ll even wait until I get back to my dorm to eat it so I can put a picture of it up.  So if you’re in the Kent, Ohio area and craving cake, I would definitely recommend Heavenly Cupcakes!