I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle! – Alice in Wonderland
What a great night! This blogging endeavor has been one of the the greatest personal leaps of faith to date. Granted this is only my 9th entry, but I don’t think I could stop now if you made me. When I started I assumed I would be met with flat out rejection and disinterest, but slowly but surely I am being proven wrong and it is rocking my world!
I always knew there were cooking competitions out there; Pilsbury, The South Carolina State Fair (oh yeah!), and the like, but I never really realized how many there were. My coworker approached me yesterday to see if I was interested in entering an item into the Taste of Lake Murray competition, suggesting that my red velvet cupcake might be a good contender. I have turned into a cooking competition yes man, if you give me the details I will be there!
I thought serving 100 people at the chili cook off was intimidating, well it is looking like at the Taste of Lake Murray I am going to be aiming for roughly 200 cupcakes. That is 200 scooped, baked, cooled, ganached, cooled, frosted, and decorated cupcakes. Cue the minor heart attack. I don’t think I have ever made a batch of anything that large in my life. EEEeeekkk!
As a way to combat boredom and frustration during the baking process I struck upon the idea of have three different kinds of cupcakes available. Red Velvet is a lock. I am fairly certain I have a lemon cupcake that could knock the pants off of the competition, and that is where I am stuck. Other cupcakes on the docket include:
- Mocha/Cappuccino (topped with a chocolate covered coffee bean)
- Chocolate Coconut
- Carrot Cake
- Apple Caramel Streusel
- Peanut Butter Banana
I haven’t ever made some of the cupcakes listed above so I might have to do a little trial and error. I am not really sure. Let me know what you think. What flavors compel you to stop and have to have a taste. What would keep you coming back for more.
My only goals when I started this blog was to have an outlet for my creativity and to get my butt in to the kitchen and try new things. I think I am well on my way, and I have already gained so much more. Thank you so much for all of your support! Tell your friends! Subscribe! Follow me on twitter!