I probably won’t post much about food, not because I don’t like to eat it, but because I don’t particularly like to cook it. I like baking desserts to eat the batter, but I pretty much stick to chocolate chip cookies, a box of brownies, and buttermilk pie (my Mimi’s recipe). Occasionally I like to make something special, but I mean its got to be pretty special…
I recently tried to ice some cookies using royal icing and the “flood” technique for our daughters baptism. The intent was for it to look like an orange flower, kind of a stylized ranunculus, but I am not even going to show you the pictures, because they were that bad. Out of twenty, only one was decent, but it was my last one and I was so fed up/tired/annoyed that I didn’t put much effort into it, as I thought it would be a failure like the rest of them, so despite the technique working, it still looks sloppy and rushed. My mistake was not getting the perfect consistency and color in the icing from the beginning. This is the tutorial I followed (was going for the flat look), and here’s how I mocked them up beforehand.
Well I could post and post and post about failed baking attempts now that I think of it (sons baptism cake melted in the car, sad christmas cookies every year, first birthday rock hard cupcakes, lemon cream cheese frosting gave us food poisoning, you get the idea…) but lets move on to two things that have worked for me. Here are some cookies I made for Mark for Valentines Day back when we were first dating. I think this is the year I was out of town for an ultimate frisbee tournament, so I hid them in his apartment beforehand and left him a scavenger hunt. Cheesy I know. Also for some reason that year I called him cupcake as a joke. Seriously as a joke, I really don’t understand nicknames and for the most part refuse to call people by them, and pet names like that are just silly to me.
And then my proudest creations, for his birthday I made from scratch apple spice cupcakes with buttercream frosting and fondant batman and superman logos to bring up to the office. As a surprise. While I was working from home and had a 7 month old baby. Do you know how sneaky I had to be, and how early I had to start working on these?! I cheated and used pre made fondant but knew I was taking my chances of even having time to bake them, let alone make fondant, which I have never done before. But yes, I cut out all those logos with an exacto blade. Enter architecture school and mad skills with an exacto…
All I can say is I’m glad it’s not too big of an office, or people would have only gotten half each, so time consuming, but I love how they turned out! Well maybe if I keep at it my success stories will start to outweigh my failures. Maybe… What’s the worst thing you’ve baked before? Did you still serve it? Sadly, I wasn’t going to go without cookies at the baptism, and fed my family the ugly flower cookies.
Okay you don’t believe me?
Next time ill get it.