Monday, June 7, 2010

the one in which stephanie is too tired to think of a clever title

This makes my 5th post on cupcakes. Oh gosh. I don't want you to think I'm like, you know, obsessed. I am a normal person, and I have a normal level of fondness for cupcakes. Actually, given that this nation is pretty much in love with cupcakes, I'm not even sure where my feelings for cupcakes fall on the continuum, but I can't help it. They're just so ubiquitous. Oh, and cute. And perfectly portioned. Unlike cakes, you never have to worry whether you're cutting the slice too big or too small. Everyone has the same size. (That is, unless you take two. PS: if your choice is one cupcake or two cupcakes...come ON. You know what to do.)

Once upon a time (aka last weekend) I baked 8 dozen cupcakes. Just so we're clear: the most I've ever done, ever. They were all for a newly minted 4 year old. Her party was Little Mermaid-themed, which was funny to me because when I was 4 (almost 20 years ago...okay you can stop doing the math now) the movie had just come out, and I spent my days combing my hair with a fork and wishing I could grow a green tail. Oh, how times have changed.

The specs: chocolate cake (the Dutch cocoa makes it look almost black!), vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream frosting. After frosting les cupcakes, I was out a Costco-sized block of butter (that's 4 pounds!) and 28 egg whites. Meaning...I have 28 egg yolks hanging out in the fridge, doing their thing. Help? I can only feed so much creme brulee and tiramisu and lemon curd to the people around me before they start screaming "Are you trying to kill me?" every time I accost them with something egg yolky. Suggestions for anything else that uses up copious amounts of egg yolks?

The cupcakes hung around in cute cupcake trees for a while. Flounder and Sebastian, I regret to inform you that you are about to be tossed on the ground by a hungry preschooler. It happens.

Birthday girl attacks her cupcake. Within a matter of mere mouthfuls, she reached for her second one. (See what I mean about choosing two cupcakes over one?) A girl after my own heart, I say.

Sorry this is short. (It's Saturday) and I need to go lay down. 96 cupcakes can really take it out of you. It doesn't help that I woke up at 5 am in a cold sweat--I had dreamt that someone had stolen my frosting! I know, the thought is insane. And now I've told you the content of 95% of my dreams. I should go.


  1. I now regret not taking you up on your offer for a cupcake. I'll need to figure out the quickest route from Santa Maria to Modesto to Fontana.

  2. Cute looking cupcakes! Have a sweet day!

  3. I'm obsessed with cupcakes, not ashamed ;)

  4. EGGS BENEDICT!!!!!!!!!!!! a)I know you generally lack fondness for creamy sauces, but hollendaise sauce must be the exception. b) It's also an opportunity to use some of that yummy central California citrus. Mmmm tangy lemons. c) Though traditional eggs benny is delicious, there are SO MANY awesome variations (asparagus.). d) It is challenging, and I know how much you like a good challenge. Plus you have like 9,000,000 egg yolks so you could have like 3 tries (eggs benny calls for a lot of egg yolks). f) You could also make your own english muffins or other e-muff substitute. e) If you become an eggs benedict expert it will, at the very least, cut the time between now and our next meeting in half.

  5. ooohhh those look sooo good!

  6. HAHAHAHAHA. Slai, you're so great. This post made me laugh.


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