Flower Garden Cupcakes
I don’t even know what to call these cupcakes. Cupcake Blossoms? Flower Pot Cupcakes? Flower Garden Cupcakes?
Here’s the deal…I had an idea. The good news is…I like ideas. The bad news…almost all my interesting ideas require a lot of work. I thought this cupcake was a really fun idea that I couldn’t wait to try. [When working with newcomers in recovery, I tell them, “If you have an idea, call your sponsor. If you have a good idea – go to your sponsor’s house and wait on the doorstep.” Sometimes, I forget to use this on myself. Ugh.] Anyway, …
Yesterday, I put together the Flower Blossom cupcake toppers. The pink flower is a mix of crushed corn flakes, finely chopped peanuts, marshmallows, and butter. I pressed it flat with my hands then used a rolling pin; the goal was to get the mix about ¾” thick (light enough to not topple the cupcake and thick enough to insert the stick/stem). I used a flower-shaped metal cookie cutter, inserted the flat coffee stirrer, and dipped it into the white chocolate. Hot tip: I add Crisco, 1T to 1½T per 8oz, to melted chocolate to smooth it out and make it easier to coat cookies, etc. (I had tinted the chocolate a light pink for coating the flower and darkened it for piping the design later). Let the flowers set completely on wax paper/parchment paper before handling.
Cutting the stick short enough was part of the learning curve…if the flower is too tall, the whole business topples over.
There’s a life lesson in there…reaching too far without a stable base can lead to a face plant. And, with a large enough, strong enough position – much is possible. In my life, I have experienced both. I’ve failed and fallen down…and when I’ve gotten back up, I didn’t do it by myself. Reaching out for others has strengthened my base. Tapping into the experience of other people who have gone before me makes every difference between stalling out and moving forward.