It was Tuesday afternoon, and I found myself sitting in my office in need of a distraction.
Stress levels high, overthinking switch on, papers cleared from my desk, and suddenly a subtle case of ADHD kicked in.
Those burst of energy come quite often, usually during the wrong times.
While working out those bursts are nowhere to be found. A classic case of where’s my bed and pillow seems more appropriate then. How convenient.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
I looked at my Spring Challenge List and decided to pick one and do it. The cupcake decoration stood out most, Rachel the Baker had a nice ring to it, or so I thought.
Turns out, there’s a reason I don’t bake or decorate, it’s not in my blood. Hair, make-up, nails, baking, cooking, those beautiful things are not for me to do. I lack the talent required to pull them off properly. Bless the souls that have it.
But, I’m glad I tried, because for those long hours of baking and washing dishes, I was no longer overthinking. What more could I ask for?
HERE’S WHAT I SHOULD’VE DONE: I Am Baker
HERE’S WHAT I ACTUALLY DID
I bought all these delicious already kinda made things to spare myself the extra money and the extra time. Glad I did because I embarked on this adventure after work and started at 7:00 p.m. This was still around $40.00 bucks at Publix, so I recommend Walmart. The beach thinks it’s too cool for school, so Walmart isn’t near me.
Vegetable Oil, Butter, Red Velvet Cupcake Mix, Mini Oreos, Butter Cream Frosting, Eggs, Yellow Food Coloring, and Chocolate Fudge Dip, get any except the one I got, it had chunks and ruined my frosting game.
Follow the box instructions as I’m obviously not a baker, but it’s very easy. At this point I just wanted to mix and decorate. I didn’t use the Cream Cheese Frosting that the box came with because it tasted way too much like butter (my fault).
Basically, you add two eggs, oil and water. Then, you put it in the oven for 25 minutes, and then let it cool for about 10 before taking it out of the pan. Let it fully cool down before adding frosting, as this makes your life a lot easier. I added the mini Oreo’s because I love chocolate and I love Oreo’s, and anything with any of these is usually spectacular, or so I think.
THE FUN PART
Obviously, my hand doesn’t have the technique for frosting, but I laughed by myself a couple of times, and Chloe seemed amused too. Mostly, because she probably thought it looked like Mac and Cheese and wanted some.
I can’t really tell you how to do the frosting and I’m not sure you’d want my advice. But, you can go to YouTube for that kind of help. What I suggest if you’re not good at frosting, like me, just add the Oreo’s on top and forget the chocolate frosting part. This is called cutting corners and improvising.
If you don’t want to eat them all before the night is over, take the rest to work. It doesn’t matter if they’re not the prettiest, people will still appreciate the thought. Most people don’t care how they look, it’s all about taste, and buying the ingredients packaged helps lessen the odds of screwing up.
My night ended laying down on the floor playing with Chloe, which is a pretty good ending.
This isn’t a baking post, it’s a stepping outside your norm kind of post. As I’ve said, I don’t cook and I don’t bake, but I’m really glad I did anyway. Sometimes that’s exactly what we need.
It’s easy to stay within our routines, day in and day out, waiting for the weekend or our days off to do all that we prolonged doing during the week. It takes energy and will power to push ourselves to do more and try harder, but it’s worth the extra effort almost every single time.
The Spring Challenge Post was for motivation to do little things that aren’t normal for me, and this one was the frosting on the cupcake. Maybe doing something similar will do that for you.
So, let me know if you guys make Spring colored/theme cupcakes, and comment here or post it. Share and let us all know that you don’t have to be a professional or perfect in order to try new things. Getting to know different sides of ourselves is nice, so why not motivate others to do the same? I think sometimes we forget the power we all have to push one another and start movements, even if it’s baking cupcakes and spring challenges.
If you have three minutes to spare watch this Ted Talk on Starting a Movement, it’s worth the time and gives you a good perspective.
Until next time,