My mom went to a cookout a few weeks after the birthday celebration and asked if I would make some cupcakes for her to take. I didn’t just want to replicate the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, so I set out to find something unique for summer.
I found a peach cupcake with brown sugar frosting from Smitten Kitchen and it was settled.
The delicate cake, mixed with chunks of fresh peaches and topped with a just sweet enough buttercream was perfect for a summer cookout. It was a huge hit, especially with the adults. I didn’t know it at the time, but, with a few tweaks, my first seasonal flavor was born.
Testing the flavors and tweaking the frosting for this summer treat confirmed my ability to develop sweet flavors…
I LOVE sweets. That’s a fact. As a result, I love to bake. Another fact.
Last summer this confections adventure began when I offered to make cupcakes for two of my best friend’s birthdays, which happen to fall a day apart.
I’ve made cakes and various other sweet treats from scratch before, but I wanted to put together something special. I took my task seriously. I knew I wanted to offer options – in cupcake base, frosting and toppings. I researched recipes, sketched out some combinations and got to it.
I literally spent all day baking and it was, easily, one of the best days I had all summer. Turns out you should test recipes before the actual day of the event (who knew a vanilla cupcake recipe could taste like a corn muffin?!), but it was a lesson learned and, after an extra batch or two, everything came together.
I have since changed most of my recipes – in fact the only recipes I use from this first day are the peanut butter frosting and the chocolate cupcake – but it was a great way to start. I realized a failed attempt isn’t the end of the world. Even if you like one recipe, try another, it just might be better. Above all else, don’t be a afraid to tweak things.
These birthday cupcakes confirmed my love for baking…