So...remember that post I had almost a month ago where I talked about Red Velvet cupcakes and told you to check back later in the week for a post about my first order...well...this is that post you've been waiting for. I know. I suck. You love me anyway.
Anyway, my first ever order was for 1 dozen Pina Colada Cupcakes, 1 dozen S'mores Cupcakes, and 2 dozen red velvet cupcakes. This also happened to be the very first time baking in my new kitchen. Oh, and it was the first week of the summer associate program where my law firm has activities that involve drinking booze literally every night of the week. It was an interesting baking experience...or, and interesting experience in time management, to say the least.
First, I love my new kitchen:
I especially like the lovely island in the middle. The one problem is that once you pull out your ingredients and your "cookbook" (aka, my iPad)...and my computer for watching TV, there really isn't a whole lot of room on the counter. So, it took some work to figure out where my cooling racks would work best, where my ingredients should sit waiting patiently for me to use them, etc. I did figure it out, though.
Baking for actual events makes me nervous...but happy. It definitely makes me feel good that someone liked my baking so much they wanted to order it! But...it makes me nervous because WHAT IF I MESS UP?!
To accommodate all of the drinking and working I had to do that week, I baked the order over the course of a couple of days (which my customer knew was likely to happen since she ordered some complex cupcakes). It actually went a lot more smoothly than I anticipated. I didn't mess up the recipes at all...I had an order for baking...the S'mores turned out even better than the usually do...I made colorful Pina Colada Cupcakes (it was a 40th birthday party for a man...so I figured all pink was a no no):
I even got to use my new mini fridge for its intended purpose for the very first time:
|Please see the beautiful cupcakes...and ignore the beer).|
I was a little nervous that the Red Velvet Cupcakes were messed up. You see, usually before I let anyone else eat a cupcake, I taste-test the batch first. But, the customer ordered 2 dozen Red Velvet Cupcakes, and the recipe makes exactly that...so there weren't any extras to taste. I was petrified that I had left out an important ingredient (like...idk...sugar!) and just didn't know it. If they were messed up, you know, no big deal...just the birthday boy's FAVORITE FREAKING CAKE. So yeah, that part made me nervous (they weren't messed up, in case you were concerned).
The most nerve-racking portion of the whole experience, however, was the transportation. All I needed to do was get 5 dozen cupcakes to the customer without messing any up, and I would be good to go...but I was so nervous I was going to drop them! I mean, I had to get them from my basement, to my car, to the fridge at work, back to my car, and then to the drop-off location. It was a lot of travel...
I managed...but then that night I got a text message from my friend that said, "My worst nightmare just happened. The bottom of one of the tupperwares just fell out!!!!! Thank God the cupcakes were salvageable. F*ck my life." And my heart dropped...
Luckily, no cupcakes were harmed in the drop...
Anyway, the experience was good, the customer passed out some of my business cards, and maybe someone else will order in the future! Until then, I'll just keep baking for the fun of it!
(P.S. - the customer was going to take a picture of the cupcakes sitting out, but was too busy having fun...so no finished product pics for you this time! Sorry folks!).