My bracket included Germany and Brazil playing today. But alas, that didn’t happen. Brazil I wasn’t too bothered about, but I really did have my heart on Germany making it to the end. No idea why, just enjoy watching them play.
When presented with today’s options, I went with the Netherlands. Maybe it’s because our family has roots in the stoned, party haven of a country… or maybe I’m just flabbergasted that the Dutch royal family is proudly represented by the same shade of orange that Americans recognize to mean, “Construction Ahead!” Either way, they are fun to watch!
So, I was disappointed that they didn’t pull through today, but it was close, they stood their ground and they got beat by the #1 Euro team. I mean, if you’re gonna lose, lose to #1… looks better than losing to someone at the bottom of the list.
In honor of the big event, I made cupcakes. I’ve been dying to attempt peanut butter and jelly cupcakes after I discovered a fantastic recipe for peanut butter icing. So I did.
Taste-wise, they came out fantastic. I used Trader Joe’s vanilla cake mix (I was too tired and cranky this am to do them from scratch), fresh strawberry preserves that AAA and I picked up at the Union Square market Saturday morning and fresh ground peanut butter from Whole Foods. Mmmm… mmm… mmmm…
As for the decorating… hmmm… I wanted to support both teams so we did some to represent the Spanish flag and some orange. Yet our colors were a bit off. Since the peanut butter icing isn’t white to begin with it was hard to get the yellow as bright as it needed to be, therefore it turned a kind of mustard color. Next to the ketchup red, AAA thought it looked like an ode to Ronald McDonald. What do you think?
The Netherlands were even more difficult. Food coloring doesn’t naturally mix to a neon orange. So they came out more the shade of dirty pumpkins.
We probably should have gone with a different method of representing the event. But oh well. It was more for the flavor than the look. After all, they were almost all gone within a few hours of being iced. Just for fun, I kept one au naturel.
I’m hoping that one looks more appealing to ya’ll. They really were very yummy. I did learn one thing. You have to bake the cake a bit before putting jelly in them. I plopped jelly on them unbaked, and it looked like it was going to sit atop the raw dough and bake into the middle like a warm yummy donut. But instead, it kinda sunk to the bottom and oozed a bit out of the bottom when we ate them. Ahhh… live and learn! I will be making these again. I’ve already promised my Brit friend that they would be on the table when she arrived for her next visit.
In addition to the lackluster cupcakes, we celebrated with Dutch cheese, grapes and Sangria, and finished off with an all-American BBQ.
All in all, a good day.