Cupcake: Cheesecake Cupcakes
Ugh! Cheesecake Cupcakes! Yes, I thought I had it. I was high off my peanut butter cupcakes that I lost my mind and decided to take on the beast — cheesecake cupcakes. I wanted to go big or go home! So, where am I? Sitting on my couch at home. And for the life of me, I can’t tell you what I did wrong. Text messages were racing back and forth from Upstate NY to little old Rhode Island. My aunt is the cheesecake queen, amazing, and it was her recipe.
Now, I can’t explain the wave of emotion that rolls through someone when they watch their cupcakes rise like the mountain to Mohammed (well not exactly, but they looked good). The taste was on spot, too. And then it happened. The drop. The drop in the cupcake as it was taken out and cooled. I held it together the first time, I really did, but a meltdown occurred when the unthinkable happened: the second batch dropped, too.
My meltdowns occur in a 3-step process.
1.) I begin to talk to myself.
2.) I walk around with the thoughts that were once in my head now being said aloud. So please feel free to picture me in the kitchen saying, “I don’t understand what went wrong….”
3.) Finally, I let out small grunt that ends up being high-pitched.
There is a video on YouTube from the motivational speaker, Sam Glenn. Just type in the airplane story and you will laugh your head off. Without ruining the video, I can just say that his point is well taken. The cheesecake cupcakes dropped, they did! However, that does not dictate how the rest of my day is going to go. Not everything is going to fall apart or come undone. So after my high-pitched grunt, I have a choice. Usually the grunt allows me to release a little built up tension, clear my head, and then bam!
I am able to find another way.
I look to my left, I see the brownies that I just made, and to my right, brand new little parfait glasses. So, I decided to stack my goodies. I took the best little parts of the cheesecake and mixed them with the brownies. To top it off, I whipped up some frosting and raspberry glaze.
And when they arrived at their destination, no one until now was any wiser that it was not the original design. But we will meet again cheesecake cupcake!
Tip: Be creative and have a back-up plan. But don’t let on that it was Plan B.