"Where there is creativity, there is hope." ~ Donna Karan

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pink Lady Vanilla Valentine's Day Cupcakes

I've been trying to write a half decent post this week but my attempts have been futile. It has taken me over an hour just to write a first paragraph that I'm not even very happy with. I got so flipping frustrated that I've given up for now and have resorted to watching tv instead. It's days like these I'm kind of thankful that I'm not studying.
So, it's another short and sweet post today. The best I can do at the moment is share some cupcakes that I made a couple of weeks ago.
I had every intention of baking these pretty pink cupcakes as a little Valentine's Day treat for my family, but due to having a horrible headache it didn't happen. Not wanting the chocolate hearts I had purchased to go to waste, I ended up doing some belated Valentine's baking and carted the cupcakes off to my connect group at church instead and brought home what was left over.
I bought the chocolate hearts from a cheap chocolate store. At first I was pretty annoyed to find that they had 'pink lady' embossed on them when I took off the wrappers, but I ended up liking it when I realised that it worked quite well with the pink colour scheme and made me look really clever. To make the sloppy icing look better and to balance out the pink I also used some red jimmies to decorate.
For these cupcakes I decided to try out a new recipe. After reading several baking blogs that rave about and recommend Magnolia's Vanilla Cupcake Recipe, I've been busting to try it for myself. I followed their vanilla buttercream recipe too and just added a couple drops of pink food dye.
To be totally honest I don't really understand the hype over this recipe. I followed it to a tee and have made far better and more amazing cupcakes than these. These cupcakes were a little too doughy for my liking and annoyingly sticky. This really shouldn't have surprised me considering how much flour the recipe calls for.
The icing? I don't know if it was something I did, but it was runny and impossible to pipe with. I ended up just slopping it carelessly on top. I was quite disappointed. I did love the taste though. It was perfectly sweet and I was impressed with the quantity that one batch produced.
Don't get me wrong, these cupcakes were edible and enjoyable. I guess I was just expecting a bit more 'wow'. They all got eaten though, so that says something, right? What can I say, I'm just a hopeless perfectionist.


Lilpeach said...

Poor you! I can SO relate as can anyone who has anything labelled ME/CFIDS/CFS and or FM. Brain fog is so frustrating and when you have to be creative and communicate an idea it must be extra frustrating. I enjoyed your post even if you thought it was just a something you posted because you couldn't write what you'd have preferred. Now if I could just find the energy to bake...naw, that isn't going to happen today, so I think I'll just watch TV, too!

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Miss Chronically Creative said...

@Lilpeach- You totally get it! Your comment has really brightened my day. It is so FRUSTRATING. I have so many blog posts floating around in my head and I just can't seem to get the ideas out and form sentences that make sense.

Glad you enjoyed this post. I fear posts are becoming a little boring lately because I'm feeling so blah. So it's nice to know that people still appreciate them.

Now I really understand how frustrating it is not to be able to bake and enjoy something that you love. I finally got to do a bit yesterday after a month. I hope that you have a good day real soon so you can enjoy some baking.

Miss Chronically Creative said...

@brainlesionandme- I am honoured. That's very kind of you. Thank you so much!


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