I hate competing against others. It always makes me nervous and I tend to think that I'm doing everything wrong while they are doing everything perfectly. This is mostly why I don't play any sports (competitively, anyway) and if I do, I'm constantly laughing so that if I make a mistake, it looks like it's because I was acting playful and humorous. Basically, I'm a perfectionist. If I'm doing something, I have to be both confident and really good at it for me to think it's worth even a sliver of my time (this doesn't apply to homework- only hobbies and things I choose to do on my own). And after that, I have to keep on doing it because no, I don't like competing against others, but you better believe I'll compete against myself.
So now you're thinking how this relates to baking, a seemingly happy and fluffy, if you will, sort of activity. Well, let me tell you. I am not a baker (or a chef, or anything else remotely culinary related), although I'd like to be. I'd like to be able to whip up a batch of whatever I want whenever I want! But I'm not. Which means this cupcakes could've easily gone terribly wrong (I really haven't baked that much in my life). I wanted to try something new and especially fun since no matter what you do, there is no earthly way to not get, at minimum, a mediocre sweet treat out of them. And these, fortunately, were much better than mediocre!
To be honest, I don't think bakers get enough credit. They have to measure things out exactly and make sure they have all the right ingredients, and then whatever the baking subject is must be fluffy and airy and in the oven for the right amount of time.... and then there's the whole other process of making frosting. I did enjoy it, though. There was something organized about it that made it fun for me, and mixing things together was therapeutic. The best part was watching everything come together toward the end, although I became really engrossed in the process and I thought I absolutely needed a piping bag (which, with my limited baking experience, I did not possess), so I just worked with a regular freezer bag, snipping off a little corner with a pair of kitchen scissors like the professional that I most definitely am.
Originally, we were going to make 12 small vanilla cupcakes, but then we decided we'd make 6 big vanilla ones with room for 6 other chocolate ones (because variety!). At the request of my dad, I made a strawberry frosting (I think that chocolate and vanilla frosting can get a bit boring anyway), which ended up being really interesting because I used real strawberries to make it which gave it a nice, tangy flavor.
I still find it interesting how you can put some ingredients together and heat them up really hot to make desserts. It's literally like chemistry that you can eat! I don't think people are appreciative enough of that (it's okay, they're just focused on the sugary-ness). It's nice how there's something in baking for everybody, and I'm definitely going to experiment with some more treats!
If you're like me, and you tend to just stick to things that you know, take a chance and try something different once in a while! I'm sure it'll result in something pretty sweet.
If you'd like to check out the recipes I used, here they are:
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