Taste or looks?
There are pretty cupcakes and there are really decadent cupcakes, right? This has been a constant battle in my house. I’ve already started brainstorming cake/cupcake ideas for my husband’s birthday. He’s the most amazing husband in the world, so naturally, I want to make an amazing cake for him! I’ve tried to explain that not all icing is suitable for decorating, so if I made a well-decorated cake, I need to use buttercream. He whole-heartedly chooses a great tasting cake over a great looking one. Not that buttercream is bad, but there’s only so much you can do to change the taste. I pick beauty; he picks taste.
Wars are brutal.
Things may have changed for me this week. Our senior pastor’s family told me about Cupcake Wars over lunch last week and now I’m obsessed. The bakers are judged on presentation and taste. The combinations they come up with are incredible. When a baker chose classic flavors like chocolate-banana and apple-cinnamon as opposed to more savory choices, I yelled from my couch, “Your flavors are boring and you know it!!!!” Then it hit me: I am a cupcake hypocrite. I had a beautiful design planned for some cupcakes this week, but no plans to add a filling for flavor.
The first step is admitting you have a problem.
The next step is choosing a good filling. I knew I had to change my ways. While I’m still not quite up to savory flavors, or even very many classic flavors, I want to try. For a start, I chose JIF’s chocolate hazelnut spread to inject my classic yellow cupcakes. It turned out INCREDIBLE. You could taste both flavors along with the cake, nothing over powering the others. So, as it turns out, your cupcakes can be both beautiful and delicious!