I was given a challenge!
A loyal reader of the blog wrote to me and explained that her soon to be “40-something year old friend” was guilty of decapitating every cupcake that she ever eats. In other words, (as my sister would describe) this Birthday girl has a cupcake eating condition whereby she prefers a higher icing to cupcake ratio.
This reader wanted to know if I could create a batch of cupcake tops (like muffin tops) with various icings piled on top for her friend as a birthday gift.
I accepted the challenge!
Since there were three ladies getting together for the reveal of cupcake icings, I decided to take it a step further! You know the other two ladies weren’t going to love sitting there watching their friend devour the icings and listen to her description of the various tastes and textures; nor were they going to ask the birthday girl to share her favorites either. So I went ahead and made a batch for each of the friends so they could all bite into the different flavors and combinations at the same time and do this “Mmmmmmmmmm”.
Surely, if you’ve done the math you’ll notice that there are sets of four on the table, and I’ve mentioned three ladies. That leaves one extra of each flavor combination. Well, The Boss was kind enough to be my “creative editor” for the day and photographed every single set of cupcakes for me. That saved me a LOT of time; I paid him in treats for his labor!
Here’s a closer look at the line up!
Mexican Chocolate- Spiced Chocolate Buttercream/ Chocolate Cake
Birthday Cake- Birthday Cake Icing / Funfetti Cake
Smores- Toasted Marshmallow & Ganache center / Graham Cake
Bertie’s Lemonade- Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting / Vanilla Cake
Cherry Blossom- Cherry Buttercream / Cherry Chip
Tiramisu- Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting / Vanilla Cake
Peppermint Patty- Peppermint Buttercream & Ganache / Chocolate Cake
The Classic- Chocolate Buttercream / Vanilla Cake
Boston Cream- Ganache with Cream Filling / Vanilla
Peanut Butter Nom- Peanut Buttercream & Ganache / Chocolate Cake
**MIA** The “Vanilla Dream” and “Salted Carmel” were the last icings made, and of course I was running a little tight on time and they unfortunately did not get individual “fashion shots”.
Then they were all packaged up including a tasting menu and a bow!
So what do you think, how did I do? Is this a box of treats up might like to receive for your birthday? More importantly I have to very important questions for you…
1) What would you be willing to pay for a dozen customized cupcakes (or just tops) with your choice of cake and icing combination?? Complete with a menu and bow!
2) Reflecting on the flavors I created for these ladies I think I did a good job varying the icing flavor profiles and textures. What flavor would YOU have liked seen featured in a cupcake tasting?
That’s all for now folks, thanks for stopping by!