Today was my dad’s birthday. If there is one thing my dad is known for indulging in on a warm spring/summer day, it’s Margaritas. Every BBQ, birthday or weekend dinner, for that matter, he whips out the blender and the Tequila and distributes Margarita glasses filled with frozen delight to everyone in the vicinity. Unless he’s on his own, then he’ll likely just make it on the rocks. And by on the rocks I mean he just throws a lime slice or two in with his Tequila. [shutter]
So when my co-worker forwarded me a link for Margarita Cupcakes from the fabulously-fun ‘entertaining’ blog, Hostess With The Mostess, I knew what I was making for the old man on the anniversary of his escape from the womb.
They didn’t come out nearly as pretty as the ones in the photo at the link above. I think this is partly because my ingredients were a bit off after I accidentally put in three times the amount of Tequila that the recipe called for, and had to compensate with extra flour. They didn’t rise as much and weren’t as fluffy as I like my cupcakes. (I also didn’t use soymilk; I made the non-vegan version, like cupcakes were meant to be!)
They tasted very yummy.
Every time I bake I remember how much I enjoy it. And not just because the end result is so delicious. I think coming up with the concept and decorating whatever it is your making is the best part — it’s what separates baking from cooking. For now on I’m going to put more creative effort into my baked goods. Except for next week: I already told the old man I’d bring him some beer-infused buttercream topped cupcakes from Butch Bakery. (Not sure he was that keen on the idea, but I sure as hell am!)
Here’s what the finale product looked like — complete with decorative sugar (sprinkled around the edges to represent salt), lime slices and straws. I give a shout out and thank you to my sous-baker, AAA, who is always there to help fix the slip-ups and answer my cries of panic in the kitchen.