One of our fun "getting to know the team ice breakers" at the first few team challenge practices is saying your name and a fun fact about yourself. So of course I have to confess my obsession with cupcakes. Baking decorating and eating.
And of course it relates back to running - I run to eat.
When did I start baking like Betty? In college, whenever it was rainy or gloomy or cold, all I wanted to do was bake. Usually cookies, sometimes brownies, and on occasion cupcakes. I loved mixing and tasting and then sharing a batch of freshly baked goodies with all my classmates. After all we spend so many hours a day together sewing masterpieces we became more like family.
After college money got tight and I took a baking hiatus. It just didn't make sense to spend so much money on so many calories, or food I was giving away to everyone else. I managed to buckle down, pay off a lot of debt, and get myself in a better place. And then I decided to make cupcakes for Boyfriend's birthday in July. His favorite being red velvet. At first I was scared at such a serious recipe, the first time I made cupcakes from scratch they turned out dense and the frosting was overly sweet. I carefully measured, sifted, whipped, stirred and frosted. And they were AMAZING. Every day I had one cupcake for lunch and it literally was the highlight of my entire day. They were THAT good.
Chocolate peanut butter - amazingly rich and delicious
Pumpkin cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting and trying my hand out at some rosettes.
And now I am just obsessed. So far I am just floating in the realm of looking up and trying different recopies online. Combining different cake and icing flavors so suit my different cravings. I watch Cupcake Wars on the Food Network to get inspired for fun new creations (and of course Boyfriend teases me because I cannot stand the host of the show but I watch anyways). Really i cannot think of two things that go better together than running and baking. Burn calories, replace calories. Pretty perfect if you ask me.
Are you hungry yet?