Both Gigi and Rue are adept in the kitchen. Since we’ve been homeschooling, however, Gigi has really, really gotten into baking and cake decorating.
It started with cupcakes.
And then it went from there.
She used boxed cake mix and ready-made frosting in the beginning and watched every episode of Cake Boss on Netflix. The cake itself was just a canvas, her energy was devoted to the design.
When it came time for my parents’ 50th anniversary party, Gigi wanted to make the cupcakes. Now it was time to take this to a higher level. She found recipes at The Cupcake Project: ultimate vanilla cupcakes, half with chocolate cream cheese frosting and half with vanilla bean buttercream frosting.
These recipes were a big jump in complexity from the boxed cake mix (I mean seriously…vanilla infused sugar using vanilla beans) so we worked on them together. Although Gigi, with her extensive experience, was much more adept than I at piping on the frosting (the funky ones in the pic are mine). These cupcakes are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. My dad couldn’t stop taking big spoonfuls of the vanilla bean frosting right out of the mixing bowl. And the frostings and cupcake together…inspired.
Which in turn inspired Gigi to get creative with the batter, making maple syrup cupcakes with a bacon frosting and most recently champagne cupcakes.
Gigi’s passion continues. And as far as the scale is concerned, I’m just relieved she combines this passion with her other one and takes most of her creations to the horse barn 😉