I'm kind of sitting in my living room fearing for my life right now... there's a huge bug on the loose. Seriously, we went to catch it and it disappeared. Yikes!
So tonight was another night of baking here at the Krigsman house. We have a birthday coming up on Friday, and the twins were extremely excited to help me make some cupcakes to celebrate. Of course, this was a "secret mission" consisting of a trip to the store for ingredients (one of their favorite words) and then coming home to bake. Being that it was so secretive, of course the birthday girl knows all about it already... have I mentioned that my littlest sisters cannot keep a secret?
Unfortunately, we started baking too late for the girls to taste test tonight. Cleaning up the three roomfuls of toys that they had spread out over the course of day was more important than the baking, of course. But they did get to help me mix all of the ingredients, and they got a kick out of watching me turn on the mixer to spread the food coloring around; they get hypnotized by the swirling colors. The girls also love putting the paper cups in the cupcake trays, racing to see who can finish first. Since they didn't get to try a cupcake tonight, my mom told them that they could have one with breakfast tomorrow morning, news that received lots of giggles and big smiles. They've never had a cupcake with breakfast before, so they went to bed extremely excited for the morning.
Tomorrow, I plan on trying my hand at making fondant for the first time. If you don't know anything about baking, fondant is the really smooth covering on cakes that bakeries will use instead of regular icing to make cakes look more professional. I found a recipe to make fondant instead of buying it, and I'd love to see how it goes. I've never worked with this stuff before, but I would really love to be able to use it in my baking creations. If I can get it to work, I can try using it with the cupcakes since that's on a smaller scale, and then work my way up to covering cakes. The best part is that the recipe I found is dairy-free, so my little sisters can enjoy it as well! Wish me luck!
Here's a quick update before I leave... my dad got the bug!! My hero! Yippee!
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