Last Sunday, I took part in the Australian Red Cross Big Cake Bake along with several other Brisbane-based food bloggers. It was a really wonderful effort put together by Monkylicious, so bravo to her for her hard work. Altogether, the amount raised was $742.50 and I think I wouldn’t be wrong to say that everyone’s proud of the results. Woohoo!
I only baked 4 dozen brown butter cupcakes with cookie dough frosting and filling (you can find the recipe here) but that took me all day on Saturday because I needed to wait for the butter to solidify. After dinner, I went back to frosting the cupcakes. The consistency of the frosting I made didn’t seem right for a ziploc bag and since I still don’t have a proper piping bag, I pretty much slapped on the frosting with a couple of spoons and on went a bit of chocolate chips. I set about packing them into large plastic containers and laughably enough, even my plastic bread bin because I don’t own a cupcake carrier. I wrote an ingredients list and a label for my cupcakes on a piece of cardboard from an old cereal box, and that was that.
The next morning, I awoke to Twitter pictures of beautifully frosted cupcakes that would be sold next to mine. To be honest, I was horrified, chiding myself for not putting more effort with presentation, and I wasn’t sure if I still wanted to turn up with mine. I had to tell myself to woman up and I made my way there with my family in tow. At the stall itself, I discovered what everyone else had made. There were delicious looking vegan cupcakes in peach tea and red velvet flavours. Double chocolate cupcakes with handmade red ‘horns’ and the most lovely looking pink rosewater buttercream frosting. Ninjabread (as in gingerbread) men. Delicate white edible butterflies that were also handmade. Citrus cupcakes topped with coconut. Rich, rich brownies. Kaya toast cupcakes (really!). Vietnamese coffee flavoured cupcakes. Talk about cupcake porn!
I’m glad I brought mine though, cause I managed to sell almost all, except one that had its top lopped off (I still don’t know what caused the beheading, haha), and three that were still at the stall when I left. YAY! I received good feedback for my cupcakes and the recipe was published in a cute zine that Monkylicious put together. By the way, most of the photos here in this post were taken by my sister so if you see a shadow at the corner of the photo, yes, that’s her accidentally covering the lens with her finger, haha! Being part of this cake bake really made my weekend, so thank you to the organisers and my friends who turned up and spread the word to their friends. You’re all wonderful cupcake ingesters! ♥
Spend my weekend baking and frosting cupcakes for a wonderful cause? I’d do it again in a heartbeat!