Happy but secretly tired

I am tired today. The guinea pig I am babysitting is doing quite well. I made a batch of chocolate chip cupcakes yesterday, the reviews I got were that it tasted like a chocolate cookie captured in a cake. Eight out of nine people who sampled them were impressed, very impressed! Today I have baked an out of the park banana cupcake. Yes I know that you know that I have already baked these cakes, but these are the two cupcakes that I am entering in this cupcake for cancer event. I have been perfecting them and it has been hard, I mean hard. My family helped me come up with a fun idea so I don’t gain 9000 pounds (same with them) during this journey. Ok…the idea is to send out mass e mails for cupcake tastings! The first four people to respond will receive five cupcakes and they MUST provide honest feedback even if it is hurtful or humiliating. My first e mail went out today for the banana surprise!!!!! Cross your fingers. I want to thank my aunt in Washington (only in the summer) for the mountain icing tip, a family friend for the “m” in the batter tip, the Vons bakery lady for letting me ask a million questions about frosting, another family friend for the cute cupcake liners, and friends who are rooting me on. I would like to leave you with a poem I wrote today.

IF I WERE IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD

I’d cancel escargot,
Tuesday evenings,
Dr. And dentist appointments,
and also the devil.
If I were in charge of the world
there would be no poverty,
everlasting dogs, and
volleyball nets 1 meter lower.

If I were in charge of the world
you wouldn’t have garbage
you wouldn’t have messy
you wouldn’t have homework
or “don’t kill that fly”
There wouldn’t even be flies.

If I were in charge of the world
A CUPCAKE would be a vegetable
All movies would be rated G
And a person who sometimes forgot to shower,
And sometimes forgot to brush,
Would still be allowed to be
In charge of the world.

Try try try again!

This cupcake stuff is harder than it looks. When you think of baking cupcakes, you probably think you just mix stuff together and throw it in the oven and when it comes out, it Will be perfectly done and moist. But actually all this piece of pie baking is the complete opposite of the real baking world.Five words to describe baking is:

Costly
Frightening
Crazy
Mind boggling
Challenging

Five things that you need to bake are:

A good memory.
Math classes.
Counseling.
Money, money, money.
A clock that works.

Brainstorming: What are cupcakes?

Little paper lined pieces of craziness
Love
Laughter
Arguments
Cakes in a cup
Frustration
Perspiration
Exuberance
Fulfilling
Comforting
Satisfying
Discouraging
Liberating
Intense
Unconfined
Informal
Polite
Girl next door
Big hunk
Immense
Petite
Rare
Common
Glorious
Hideous
Luscious
Gregarious.

Going back to what I was saying, baking is…. Unyielding.

If you love chocolate chip cookies, you will love this one. I have made my own from my own recipe. You simply combine NESTLE tollhouse cookie dough and add one egg and 1/4 cup of flour and the same for some milk. Then bake it in the preheated oven(350) for 20 minutes and cool for ten minutes on a rack. Well, you cant put a chocolatey frosting on top of this one, a light whip cream that can stand up. Chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk captured in a cupcake. Simple but sure to knock your pants off. We are trying to find a yummy frosting that is liGht and airy. Dust with cocoa powder and it will work well.This is my 4th batch and has worked well. I am loving this one. If you can put ganache onit that is good but we added Magic Shell and stuck it in the freezer. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Also, the guinea pig is doing quite amaziNg. For what this is starting to cost me, I am seeing many guinea pigs in my future. The cupcake world is not what i thought. It’s crazy around here! Its a good thing I am going to be a youth contestant,competition is pretty rough.
Signed,
Hope

Cupcakes for Cancer

I am entering a cupcake for cancer benefit in Santa Barbara. I hope you could maybe attend to try a cupcake of mine there. I am a little nervous though because I have to decorate my space of 3 feet. I also have to make a minimum of 50 and have to buy cupcake stands for my display. I hope you can come. Her are the details:

Date: Sunday, July 24th
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Where: Fess Parker Resort , Santa Barbara
Entry Fee: 10$
Parking Fee: FREE

I hope you can come to my station and try out a couple of my cakes.
For more information, leave a comment.
Signed,
Hope

Another day

Well today is just one of those exhausting days. I haven’t baked a cupcake yet. I don’t have any supplies but just my luck because tomorrow I babysit daisy the guinea pig and get 110 dollars for cupcakes. Yippee! Well. As you know from my previous post, I didn’t blow the chocolate chili cupcake out of the park. I thought it was good but my family members weren’t huge fans. It’s easy for me to say I made them. I don’t know it’s crazy.
Signed,
Hope

Banana Cupcake w/cream cheese frosting pic

Chocolate chili cupcakes! A mature step.

Hello again! My 3rd batch of cupcakes! They are Chocolate Chili cupcakes. The reason why I claimed that it was mature was because the frosting called for Tia Maria. If you are familiar with this Liquer, you would know that sometimes it is used to be baked with. Not being huge Liquer drinkers, we searched and searched for some Mexican Liquer but we could not find it. We couldn’t just run to the store so we improvised with Bailey’s Cream Liquer that has a similar taste profile. Of course, being a 12 year old cupcake chef, I
don’t drink alcohol. But I had to try it. So I did and if I were over 18 you would not see me drinking that stuff. Ew.
I just retried it and I decided that it wasn’t what I wanted so I scratched it and was freaking out. What would I do? So I finally came up with a white frosting combined with Tabasco sauce. Yes, I know, ew, right? But with a couple drips of Tabasco with the chili cake, it is a beautiful, kid-friendly, spicy cupcake. Beautimous! The other issue I had with this batter is that it is very thick and dry. If you have any dark chocolate Betty Crocker frosting take one scoop of it in the batter. If you have ever made cake balls, you would know it makes a very moist cake. It worked so well I was very surprised.
Signed,
Hope

P.s. The white frosting should be taken tablespoon by tablespoon with the tabasco. Two drops and you are good. But you can try it for yourself.