Why the sudden “obsession” with cupcakes some have asked?
The truth is- I don’t really know! They’re small and somehow
easier to think about making than a cake or pie, they induce less guilt after eating and somehow seem less “bad” :), they are easy to experiment on and if you mess up- well who cares? just toss it. It is a little strange, since I am NOT a good cook, I have zero patience for baking since it requires you to be fairly meticulous about measuring and following directions (which I get bored with really easily), it requires time- which I am usually complaining I never have enough of and I have ZERO artistic/creative ability or inclinations or talent or whatever you want to call it. When I say zero, it’s because negative-zero isn’t really a number! BUT- I decided I wanted to do something different- pick a “project” or hobby and really invest the time and energy into it and see how it goes. So far, I’ve spent a few afternoons playing with various basic baking/decorating books/techniques/ideas and last weekend I took a cupcake class- by myself- and it was actually really fun! Although my tendency after about 10 minutes is to start substituting and guess-timating and speeding up, I’ve promised myself I’m going to really try to stick to the recipes and amounts and directions and give this thing a shot before I say it’s not for me. It’s actually been a really good tool for making me slow down, think, go slow, concentrate on things and keep track/learn from my mistakes and have something at the end that I like or at least can give away to a kid who doesn’t care what it looks like, b/c honestly- who doesn’t like cupcakes? If I found someone who didn’t I think I would automatically be suspicious of them.
I did spend a few minutes/hours/days debating whether or not I wanted to “pick a hobby” that involves sugar/flour/butter/eggs/oil/icing- basically all the things I try to avoid by eating/staying healthy. Do I want to promote sugary treats (and constantly tempt myself to eat the whole bowl of batter) as a “hobby”? Do I want to spend time and money on something that is “unhealthy” when being healthy is important to me? But after thinking about it a while, I realized that I also have ALWAYS been totally against any type of diet/lifestyle/plan that requires you to complete avoid/deny/give things up, basically b/c they never work and denial always gives way to binging in the end……and because I really do believe in a “life in balance” – hence the coffee, and cupcakes AND running…and faith (in reverse order)….so: CUPCAKES it is! 🙂
|Chocolate pumpkin cupcakes with pumpkin cream cheese frosting……|