I hate to use the “S”-word (I’m more of a Grey Cup gal myself), but I’m told [conspiratorial whisper] that there was a big football game on Sunday. Say what? I don’t know what it was all about, but it sure must have been super. In any case, I was thrilled to be able to use my grass tip on something besides assorted Muppets.
There’s not much to explain about these; they’re (of course) the basic chocolate cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, with a green-tinged vanilla buttercream. The two most interesting things I learned from all of this:
1. Chocolate-covered almonds wobble something fierce when placed on a flat surface to pipe detailing onto them. And Wilton’s decorating icing-in-a-tube is extremely stiff and awkward to work with, which is my penance for being lazy and not wanting to do two colours of my own icing. (It – Wilton – doesn’t taste that great, either, and sticks to piping tips like cement even when run under hot water.) Having a helper hold the last few steady for me was a huge boon to my creative process. But I’m still using my own icing next time.
2. Speaking of assorted Muppets: I need to use my grass tip for actual grass more often. A trusted member of my test audience thought at first glance that I had brought him a slightly deformed Oscar the Grouch to try.
But I have 289 days to perfect my technique before the Grey Cup…