Tuesday, January 31, 2012

For the Guitar Man

Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting
It has been ages since my last post. I have been baking just as frequently as before. Took great shots of my bakes. Never got down to post them and write about them. There goes another missing piece of the history of my baking adventure. But it is never too late!

I just had to put up this post. It is my son's 18th birthday. Yes, I am a 'young' dad. I shall not define young here but note the inverted commas I have attached to it.

My son Theodore adores my bakes, in particular, my Red Velvet. He literally slurps up the cream cheese frosting neatly twirled on top of each Red Velvet. My son Theodore likes to play the guitar. Hence the title of this blog. He owns a classical, an electric and an acoustic. So naturally, for his special 18th years on this earth, I had to top each Velvet with not just the frosting but a guitar topper. Pretty neat, I must say. Family members were thrilled and amused at each different topper. 

Ironically, the birthday boy gave a cursory glance at all the cupcakes, picked one at random, removed the topper and wolfed down the cupcake. That was it! I mean, that was it? I am very much curious to know if any bakers out there had experienced this once in their life time. That is, you put in much effort and love to bake and decorate for a loved one only to get an immediate less-than-excited reaction. It hurts! But I reckon an 18 year old wants to be cool about all things and anything. That night, as he was about to go into his bedroom, he called out to me and said, "Thanks Dad. Thanks for the cupcakes". 

You cannot imagine the emotions that swelled within me at that point of time. I shall continue to bake for my family. I shall bear with the unspoken appreciation from my two teenage boys. They are good boys. Excellent fine young lads.

The recipe for the above Red Velvet cupcakes is taken from Barefoot Contessa's How Easy Is That? You may also want to refer to my post dated 31 August 2011.