Last week I made 60(!) cupcakes for a friend’s birthday party: 12 almond & orange, 12 vanilla and 36 feta & courgette. By the end of the evening/early morning, they were all devoured by the partygoers – the savoury ones went down rather well after a few glasses of Cava.
Coincidentally the birthday boy Tim owns and runs the best coffee shops in Brussels – Moka Classic Espresso Bar and he immediately asked me to make some for his customers to enjoy.
And so began my first professional baking job although for me, it really is still just a bit of a hobby.
This morning I baked 12 almond & orange and 12 chocolate cupcakes.
For some reason I made more of a mess than usual in my kitchen. Maybe the pressure of knowing that people will be paying to enjoy my work.
In the past I have been a bit of a purist when it came to baking and only mixed by hand with a good old trusty wooden spoon (well, I had no choice as I didn’t own any electrical help). But after a blister inducing incident trying to make orange icing for Halloween (I’ll post about that at some point I am sure), I treated myself to a small electric handheld whisk. But it turns out that I am still getting the hang of the buttons; will I ever learn that the ‘eject’ button for the whisk parts is NOT the ‘on’ button? Hence the cake batter being sprayed around my kitchen wall, floor, down my leg..
And to top off the kitchen mayhem, today was the day that my dishwasher decided to brake down… but that’s another story!
Anyhow, the cupcakes were baked, decorated in my usual style and delivered safe and sound to Moka, where they were set up in their new home. Within 10 minutes one was bought. It was great to quietly see my first paying customer enjoy my baking!
As I sat enjoying a great Italian coffee, I saw another 3 cupcakes eaten and give joy. A good first day of professional baking, well apart from the dishwasher let down.
Oh and I forgot to say, whilst in the midst of baking this morning I literally received another order for 12 cupcakes by my good friend Laetitia at Les Parents Terrible. I think I will be a busy Lally of Leisure this week.