I learned something about myself this weekend. It was something I already knew, but I kept lying to myself hoping that if I didn’t give in to the truth that somehow my lie would become my reality. Unfortunately this did not happen. My truth is that I am not piping queen nor do I play one on t.v. There I said it. It feels good to get that off my chest and now I can embrace it. I suck at frosting anything. Cupcakes, cakes, cookies…it doesn’t matter what food item I am decorating it will turn into something that resembles a kindergarten craft project gone awry. This is my story.
I decided to make some gluten-free chocolate cupcakes with a mocha frosting. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it? My cupcakes turned out well. They were a little dry so I think I will continue to play with the recipe to increase the moist factor. While making up my first batch of frosting I misread how much coffee to add so I put in double the amount needed by accident. I ended up tossing that entire batch out because as much as I tried I couldn’t salvage it.
My next batch of frosting turned out beautifully and had just a hint of coffee flavor. I decided to chill it and frost the cupcakes later. In the meantime I made a piping bag out of wax paper since I couldn’t find my normal reusable plastic bag. Big mistake! My frosting was tearing the wax paper and I couldn’t even get much to come out of the end. I quickly scrapped that idea and searched my entire kitchen until I found my plastic piping bag. Eureka! Now I can work a masterpiece on these cupcakes. Liar! As I piped each one became more hideous than the first. I tried taking more time while I piped, but this didn’t help at all. Lastly, I grated some chocolate sprinkles on top thinking this finishing touch would help. To quote Sarah Palin “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.”
Yes, I am no piping queen. I don’t think I could even be a jester in the cupcakes’ court.