Yay for babies! I had the unbelievable honor to make some cupcakes and a little cake for a very special mom-to-be. This was my first contract and it couldn’t have been for a better event. I love the Joy that fills the room at baby showers and was delighted to get a chance to be a part of it.
I made three different kinds of cupcakes and a 6 inch cake specifically for the future mom. Holly’s mom got the cake flavor profile spot on to satisfy her. The second she heard what kind it was she said “Oh I love that” and turning to her beloved niece, “Did you hear that Katie made me a peanut butter cake?!” To accompany the cake I made some chocolate peanut butter, lemon poppy seed, and strawberries and cream cupcakes.
The chocolate peanut butter were the first to go and the hit at the end of the event when the future mom was hitting up the food she was too busy to attend to during her shower. I personally preferred the lemon poppy seed, I thought that the cake was a little dry, but the lemon buttercream was the perfect equalizer. Some liked the lemon buttercream some thought vanilla would be better. It is so interesting to hear critiques of cupcakes. If you ever need proof to show that everybody is different, give them a cupcake and have them tell you what they liked and what they didn’t like about it.
One thing that I find extremely stressful is being at an event where some people don’t know that I made some of the dessert and watching how they react when eating them. This actually drives me insane. I wish that I didn’t care so much, but I just want to know how I can improve! When I see someone take a bite and then put the cupcake down I think… did you not like it? Was it dry? Did it have a lot of flavor? What part of it didn’t you like? Are you going to come back to it? Or was one bite enough? What would make one bite not enough? Why didn’t you eat the frosting? What part of the frosting didn’t you like? How could I make you like this cupcake?
I confided this internal angst in Brett’s sister in law and she proceeded to make a disgusted face upon biting into her cupcake. This was simultaneously heart breaking and hilarious. My first gut reaction was to ask what she didn’t like and then I realized that she was just poking fun and all was right in the world again. I really appreciate when people can so elegantly play with my emotions. She was actually very helpful by giving me her honest opinion of the cupcake and answering all my insane question about a little cupcake that normal people wouldn’t even think twice about when eating.
Despite the angst of watching everyone eat the cupcakes, I had a great time making them and can’t wait for the next contract. It took a lot of time, but it was well worth it to spend my time doing what I love. I was so honored to have the opportunity to be a part of such a special day with my favorite people! I love being able to attempt creativity in taste and design. Speaking of design it would be right for me not to mention the beautiful cake topper that Brett’s sister Heather made! She also was the provider of the flowers and greens to adorn and truthfully save the cake. She is so talented, giver her any creative party or decor request and she will far exceed your expectations!