I have know that I have a passion for cooking since I was a little girl. Somewhere I have a picture of me learning to cook pancakes with Dad, probably around age 3 or 4. I will try to find that and post it. From then on I have gotten a joy from cooking a successful dish of any sort. I find it fascinating to start with so many different single ingredients and then some how you incorporate them and get a fantastic (hopefully) end product. I love to try to create new dishes, usually from parts of several recipes spliced together. I like to learn from failure but however, I do not like to fail. My husband can attest to this, as he has seen the result of many failed projects. Lets just say it winds up with a big mess and I usually raise my voice and stomp my feet a few times. Lol. I really have two goals in an earthly sense. #1 to make people laugh and #2 to please people's taste buds with my culinary endeavors. Hopefully with this blog, I can do both...
|Fantastically Great Aunt Wanda|
I remember going to her house as a kid, usually on Halloween, and she would have a delicious chocolate cake, smothered with thick peanut butter icing. Now, I never knew this wasn't a common dessert staple that every person enjoyed until I got married. I knew my husband loved chocolate and peanut butter almost equally. (Chocolate always wins). So I decided to make him this cake. When he saw the icing, he was like what is that? Confused, I said peanut butter icing. Equally confused, he said he had never heard of that. I'm relatively sure I almost passed out to that statement. He then ate a piece and told me that it was the best cake he had ever eaten and something about how no other kind of icing should ever be allowed on chocolate cake. (At this point, if there was any doubt, which there wasn't, but if there had been, I was 100% sure I had married the right man.) So after this confusing experience, I was curious. I began to ask around, to my co-workers, etc if they had, had pb icing. One after another, I got an astounding no. So I took a batch of cupcakes to work and now they are requested at least once a month.
So recently our church family had a party for the Superbowl at our church member and co-worker Dawn's house and I was requested to bring them to the party. So of course I agreed. However, every time I had made them I was bothered by how thick the icing was. It was like working with modeling clay, lol, and does NOT go on smoothly. So my goal over the next few weeks was to tweak the recipe to make it go on smoothly and look more aesthetic. So, I wound up making the recipe relatively the same but as a butter cream. It worked fabulously, creamy, beautiful icing. However, it was much paler in color and when I tasted it, it was delicious but paled in comparison to the original. The pb flavor was much weaker. But they were still delicious so I decided to give it a try and see what people thought.
The people that had never had them before said they were great, however, the people that had been spoiled by the rich peanut butter flavor were not content with this new recipe.
Two morels to this story:
#1 Looks, apparently, do not matter.
#2 If it's not broke, don't fix it!
|Cupcakes with original icing.|
|Cupcakes with new, but not improved pb icing.|
(((Ok looked for picture of me cooking pancakes, could not find, must be at Mom & Dad's )))