Today at work, we had a food festival and a bake-off contest. Since I've been getting into baking recently, I was, initially, super stoked about entering the contest…at least I was until I wasn't feeling so hot yesterday.
Even though I felt rather unmotivated (read: wanted to lay on the couch all night and cuddle with the puppy), I went ahead and baked another batch of those Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" cupcakes last night. As expected, I made a bit of a mess, but I had some fun, too.
I just love homemade frosting, don't you? I really want to learn and experiment with fancy icing decorations, but for now, the off-set spatula gets the icing on there juuuuust fine.
I wanted to decorate these cupcakes with buttercream frosting and the new decorating bags, tip, and coupler I bought the other day at Michael's, but alas…I ran out of confectioner's sugar. So, I decorated the cupcakes using a sparkly red tube-gel that I had in my pantry. I wrote peace signs, hearts, and a little text based on the team-motto of the program executive director. Sadly, the decorations looked much better in my head. lol. Good-looking or not, the cupcakes tasted great!
There were roughly seven entries and I know you're all disappointed to hear that I didn't win. Poo-ey!
However, I was happy to find out that my sweet teammate, June, won with her Almond Cheese tart – one layer of almond cake on the bottom…one layer of cheesecake on top. I have been trying to talk June into starting a food blog, but we'll just have to wait and see if she does.
As for the Food Festival I mentioned previously, we had quite the festival. Everyone signed up to bring various side dishes, desserts, and drinks. We even had turkey and ham! The turkey was home-cooked by a nice lady at work, and the Ham was from one of those Honey-Baked Ham type stores. Above is the "before"…
…and here is the "after." Can you believe how much food is still here!?
And let's end this post on a sweet note. I present to you the "dessert table" in all its glory. Yum!