Late Night Snack: Cupcakes

So I’ve been really lagging on blog entries the past couple of weeks. Sometimes I just get a really bad case of writer’s block, and I refuse to post anything that doesn’t feel genuine. My mind finally feels free to express itself. =)

Since I tend to be up pretty late on weekdays, I decided that I might try a daily blog entry I will call Late Night Snack. This is because I love snacking, I love food, and I love staying up late at night. There’s just something about being awake when everyone else seems to be sleeping that makes me feel so rebellious. I loved doing it as a child, and I still love doing it as an adult. I remember when I was younger I used to pretend I would go to bed when my parents would tuck me in, but I actually had a flashlight and was reading books underneath the covers. I felt so badass. Ya I know. Lame. I was still reading and learning. Some rebel I am. Haha. But even so, here I am still up late at night reading on the computer … on a work night! Woo hoo!

Anyways, so for Mother’s Day this year we went to Café Sevilla. We were trying something different this year than the regular hotel buffets that we normally go to. The food was quite delicious, and they had an Instagram build-your-own cupcake challenge. At first I scoffed at the contest thinking I wouldn’t even be able to compete because I didn’t think I could come up with something creative enough that I thought was worthy enough of the competition. Well, I eventually acquiesced and just created random cupcakes for fun. They were just mini cupcakes so the canvas was quite small, which means the ideas could remain fairly simple.

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My first attempt was very simplistic. Just tried to create some sort of pattern with sprinkles. I wasn’t happy with it, so I wanted to make another one. My second attempt was my way of kissing a$$ to the restaurant, thinking that might sway their vote. Can you see the sad ‘S’ I horribly made? Well, in my defense the icing bag had a large opening (that’s … what he … said?…) and so it was quite difficult to mimic the ‘S’ in the restaurant’s name. Definitely wasn’t happy with my literal brown nosing mini cupcake. I was about to wave my white flag and just admit that I sucked at being creative, but my brother and one of my closest friends made a good point that the odds of one of us winning was quite high. We had all checked out the competition on Instagram, and there really weren’t that many entries, so that definitely was a good push that my efforts wouldn’t be so futile. I wanted to give it one last try to see if I could create the winning cupcake, but just one more as I wasn’t about to waste any more food just for my amusement. I came up with something simple, yet put my little twist on it. It’s kinda funny how it just flowed and the creation just came alive on it’s own. I took the blue icing bag and just went around the perimeter of the cupcake. Then I took the pink icing bag and followed suit. Then I grabbed the yellow icing bag and I just saw it as the center of a flower. That is what I went with, just a flower. I didn’t think to use real strawberry leaves until I arrived back at my table and felt that the cupcake felt incomplete. It just felt too blah. Just looked like a carousel of colors. I saw the leftover strawberry on my plate and thought it would look well as leaves for a flower. And then voila! I felt happy with my creation. =)

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Well … as it turns out … I won the cupcake challenge!!! … with the last cupcake I made. I couldn’t believe it. The last cupcake I made. One of the simplest designs that I could come up with. But something about that last cupcake just felt right and felt complete. Reminds me of what a good friend keeps telling me … to always listen to myself. He is right. I listened, and good things resulted. =)

Ok I’m done snacking. Time for me to bid adieu!

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