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Mighty baking

Well, that got out of hand quickly.

One minute you’re creaming butter and sugar…the next minute your life is consumed with cupcakes (of all things).

Want to know how many I made?

A lot: 22 dozen.  Which is 288, give or take a few extras, since sometimes a batch of mix makes slightly more than a dozen.  But for the ease of adding them up, 22 dozen.  It turns out that is a lot of cupcakes.  Especially when you have decided to ornament them in a fair amount of detail:

Pupcakes!  I made kitties (chocolate-orange), puppies (chocolate), bunnies (carrot), and some triple-choc deluxe ones (chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chips, with a chewy hazelnut centre, topped with chocolate buttercream, a dot of vanilla icing and finely shredded chocolate).  This was an incredibly involved cake decorating undertaking. I did make a small amount of plain, simple ones, which may have been more for my sanity than anything else. The cakes added up quickly.

I spent all Saturday baking and all Sunday decorating.  By the end of it, I was starting to feel a little punch-drunk and the thought of dealing with cakes ever again made me feel mysteriously angry. I think I could go on to live a whole and happy life without ever baking another cake, to be honest with you.  And I don’t really want to taste another one for a while, either.  You say people make a living doing this? Crazy.  By late Sunday I was doing out-of-character stuff like licking the spoon I used making all the chocolate buttercream icing.  I don’t even like icing.  I should have the last batch of cupcakes out by Wednesday, and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.  I enjoyed making these cupcakes enormously, I kinda liked icing them (although I feel a little bad for roping M in — an innocent bystander who was pounced upon and put on decorating duty), but frankly, cupcakes: don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out.

Still, I have not for a moment forgotten what a good cause this is for.  These cakes are being sold to raise money for the RSPCA, a charity very close to my heart.  I am sincerely proud to have been able to raise some funds for them, and the discomfort involved in making over 200 intricately-decorated cupcakes is nothing compared to what so many animals go through.

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