I love cupcakes.
I own at least five different cupcake stands/tree/tiers at home. I have baked a variety of cupcake assortments over the years, including cupcakes baked inside ice cream cones. I follow a few cupcake blogs. I didn’t serve a seven-tiered cake with fondant at our wedding… no, we had cupcakes instead. I delight over cupcakes with fun flavors, cute icing patterns, and pretty little sprinkles. But most of all, I just love to eat cupcakes.
So when I created my 101 in 1001 list, I had to include cupcakes. After all, if I was going to be doing 101 various things over the next 1,001 days — why shouldn’t one of them be about indulging in delicious cupcakes? I thought long and hard about it… ha ha… and decided that the task must be to try a new cupcake variety and a banana-flavored milk from my favorite local Kansas City cupcake shop — BabyCakes.
Jeff and I set out on a beautiful weekend afternoon, after a trip to City Market for some fresh veggies, to cross this item off the list. It was a busy day at BabyCakes, and much to my disappointment, the banana milk from Shatto was all sold out. Gasp! Could I complete this task without banana milk? Why did I specify banana as the flavor? What was I thinking??
My husband, being the sweet and loving man he is, gave me permission to instead try a different variety of milk. Because, you see, I don’t love milk. I don’t love milk the way I love cupcakes. Not even close. In fact, milk sometimes creeps me out. Don’t even ask me to touch a bottle of milk if the sell by date is tomorrow. No way. I won’t do it. So, you see, this task of trying a flavor of milk was more to conquer my creeped-outedness about drinking milk in the first place.
The only milk that I really have ever liked is the milk that comes from the lovely cows at the Shatto dairy farm in nearby Osborn, Missouri. Shatto is a dairy farm that uses no growth hormones, bottles their milk in super cute glass bottles, and makes unique and fun varieties (like root beer milk?!). It’s milk production at its finest. You can even tour the farm. In order to properly cross this task off the list, I had to only have the highest quality of flavored milk available, which of course Baby Cakes offers (and Price Chopper/HyVee, which is where we buy it for home use!). Since the banana milk was all gone, we opted for an orange creamsicle variety.
My cupcake flavor of choice was banana with buttercream frosting — you know, to make up for the lack of banana milk (sorry about the blog stamp mishap below… sometimes I run the wrong Photoshop action on the vertical ones!).
And Jeff opted for a classic — vanilla cake with vanilla cream frosting.
They were delicious. Beyond delicious.
And so was the milk. :)
I am proud to say that I have successfully crossed off another task on my list of 101 things to do in 1,001 days. If you don’t already have a list, consider making one — you get to decide what you do! :) If you start one, post it online so people can keep you accountable… and leave me a link in the comments section to where I can find it!