Every winter break when I’m home from school I take a trip up to Connecticut to visit friends from school. Freshmen year I was dubbed the Cake Boss since I like to bake and am from “Joisey”. After receiving this nickname I knew that I would need to bake a cake every time I visited CT. The first baked good that I brought up to CT really embraced the reasons I got the Cake Boss nickname. I called it the Joisey- Butta Cream cake.
My second visit to CT the next year proved a little more difficult when coming up with an idea for what to bake. I thought I had to top the year before but what would I make? Perhaps I could make a cake that looked like a meal, normal food. My friend’s favorite food is meatloaf and I took on the task of making a cake look like meatloaf! I even added on side dishes: some mashed potatoes and gravy as well as mixed vegetables. A complete meal!!
This year I again spent time wondering what I could make to bring to CT. I thought of favorite foods again and realized that I could give a small gift at the same time! My friends love popcorn and cupcakes…perfect pair! I had a friend decorate and personalize a popcorn bowl and then I proceeded to fill it with cupcakes. The top row of cupcakes was decorated to look like popcorn, made out of marshmallows. Would you believe I fit 16 cupcakes and 12 mini cupcakes in that one bowl?