Here I am;
Su... back in Malaysia;
fairly confident in her set of hands.
A 100 Cupcakes for adorable little Sean turning 6? 4 days notice, no ingredients, no oven, no nonsense, no game plan...no time to lose.
OH wOW! A challenge on day 2 of my return!
I was seduced.
*tsk tsk* How I induce stress into my life really is amusing.
Bubbly little me was pretty excited to jump straight into it! ...get myself working in the right state of mind for business; if you know what I mean.
Unfortunately for me; my physical self was running around enthusiastically in Malaysia; but my mind was ticking in a Floridian timezone. *sigh* I really should learn to avoid over-estimating my ability to strive through lack of sleep.
There was so much to do; with no time to organize, it was one of those 'take it as it comes' deals. I generally am not a fan of spontaneous 'doings'; but beggars cant be choosers. I've realized from many attempts at business; its never always going to be what you like. I've just learnt to grit my teeth and suck it up!
On the topic of gritting my teeth, want to know why it was such a 'shocking' task this weekend?
Long story short; there are a couple of circuit issues going on with Mom's 5 quart kitchen aid mixer; and poor Su here had to find out the hard way. Every slightest graze I had with it's cold metallic edges would send a sharp zapping bolt of electricity into my arm creating a jolt at my joints. You can imagine the mess I made all over the counter top when I handled liquid batters and the sort. Unfortunately for me I had left my brand new 6 quart aid stowed away some place unreachable. I had to make do with what I had; and that meant taking zaps of electricity as I lifted the bowl or poured ingredients into the mixer. My insides were still tingly from shivers 2 hours past my baking! I would love to have thrown out the evil crummy mixer if my entire batch of cupcakes on Sunday didn't depend on it!
Ahh..lets stop with the tantrums.... whiners are slackers... and Su's no slacker. *grin*
2 days of frantic baking and icing cupcakes later; mom's counter top in the kitchen looked like a
tornado's playground. I had not written anything down in terms of design; and my extremely darling customer; Pui San was very kind to give me full creative freedom. There's really nothing more comforting than having control over your own imagination. She was so understanding and pleasant; can't think of a better 'first Malaysian customer' I'd rather bake for. I arrived with the cake and the cupcakes at the party in the afternoon.
Afternoon = hot Malaysian weather = warm = bad frosting
I can't begin to tell you the many things I've learnt about baking in Malaysia in these 3 short days. The many cupcake batters and failed frostings I've thrown out..... sigh..
It had to be done! mistakes are flowers along my long windy unpredictable path to success. Persevere Su!
The kids gathered around me with delight; Oo'ed and ahh'ed as I uncovered my cupcakes a tray at a time. I was told a fair number of kids at the party would be little girls; Instead of making creepy crawler creatures on all of them; I figured bunnies would be a good idea.Arranging them on the table was a satisfying feat! It all came together as I had intended them to. The birthday boy was amused with the adorable frogs; and gave me the cutest little hug ever! Ahh... it was the best feeling watching him smile and poke at the cupcakes.
I tried so hard to overlook the embarrassing state some of the frostings were in; but there really isn't much I can do with humidity or sunshine. Whats done is done...I've already made the mistake; sob...suck it in! it wasn't as visually appealing as I wanted them to be; but I'll just have to make mental notes to always avoid chilled frostings in future attempts. Oh Su.. always being overly ambitious. It's an incurable disease I tell you!
All in all; everything held up pretty well.. Pui San wrote back a text the day after with extremely nice things to say about the cupcakes at the party. I was thrilled! A big big sigh of relief for sure. I was so happy to hear that the cupcakes were a hit and that everyone thought they were too pretty to eat! but she said when they did; everyone Oo-ed and Ahh-ed.
Can't really beat a response like that!
*Su does a victory dance*