Every year in February, our junior high and high school choirs hold a pops concert and dessert auction. Anyone can donate a dessert to be auctioned off during the concert. I've seen some desserts go for hundreds of dollars ... it's nuts.
Last year I decided that I wanted to enter a cake. I have always loved baking, and my baked goods tasted pretty good ... they just didn't look pretty. So ... one year ago today, I bought some supplies and decorated my first cake. I was so proud of it when it was done. Looking back at it now ... it sucked. I have learned so much in the last year.
So today ... one year later ... I found myself again thinking about the dessert auction. It's in four weeks. What am I going to make? I've had occasion to supply the choir directors with cupcakes for various reasons (i.e. thank-yous, Christmas gifts, etc.). Erin, the junior high director, sent me an e-mail requesting that I donate some cupcakes to the auction. I think she and Melanie, the high school director, plan on competing with each other during the bidding. She promised me they'd go big. I'm not real sure what big means, but I was flattered ... so I'm going to enter something.
I decided today to try out a cupcake that I've been wanting to make for a while. My thinking was, if it turns out, then I'll make the same thing in four weeks for the auction. So today I made Cherry Coke Cupcakes.
Full disclosure ... this is not one of my original recipes. I stole it from Kristan over at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.
Basically there's Coke in the cupcake and Coke in the chocolate glaze on top. There's maraschino cherries in the cherry buttercream and a cherry on top. I wonder how it would have been if I would have used Cherry Coke instead of regular Coke. Maybe I'll try that next time. My twist on the cupcake was to put a bendy straw in it. Creative, huh?
They turned out really yummy ... so I think I have my dessert auction item. Maybe tomorrow I'll take Erin and Melanie each a cupcake so that they know what they're bidding on.