I had a whole blog in my head about Valentine’s Day pros and cons, but kind of forgot to finish it. Instead, I’ll just tell you about the cupcakes I made.
We had a Valentine’s Day sweet exchange at BAC last week. I was led to believe this was a contest and I could win a prize. Since I won the last bake-off (two years ago), I felt like I needed to hold on to my crown, so I turned up the heat on my competition, and looked to my new favorite cupcake site for inspiration.
If you haven’t been to bake it in a cake, you should go now. I made the cupcakes with mini pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving, and they were a big hit. So, for Valentine’s Day, I made Red Velvet cupcakes with mini chocolate pies baked inside, topped with cream cheese buttercream. They sound hard, look awesome, and taste great. They’re not that hard, just time consuming. Here is the photographic evidence:
This is my favorite kitchen appliance, the reason I got married (kidding). J’s fryer is in the background. It doesn’t belong there, but its been there for 2 weeks.
Here are 1/2 of the cupcakes, with the pies dropped in. They just need to be topped with more cupcake batter and baked. I am not a neat baker.
Here is the finished product! I ran out of red food coloring, so they’re more like pink velvet cupcakes.
And here is J enjoying the final product. I think he’s had at least 5 of them.
So, after all this work (and a batch of peanut butter bars), I had to drag 48 cupcakes into work, on the train, with a bad arm from bowling (don’t ask). I put them in the fridge, and then lovingly placed them on the table with the other sweets, anxious for the judging and voting to begin. Then I realized no one was voting, they were just eating. So I read the little sign above the heart shaped entry forms and was horrified.
There was no bake-off.
There was a prize, but it was done as a simple drawing, nothing as recognition for slaving away for hours in the kitchen. Did I mention my bowling arm? And the fact I spent an hour at the gym with nothing to eat but toast & batter? For nothing. Sure, maybe my cupcake made someone’s day a little nicer, but if there was no prize, was it really worth it?