Since the Tiny Kitchen is in a state of Big Disarray, and not ready for a full blog, I decided I’d post some pics of back when I was Elevenses Bakery. I was reminded of it by Deb Brunson, who is in culinary school and last week (or this? I can’t remember, and I haven’t had time to keep up with my fellow bloggers) was focusing on cakes and frostings.
When I got my tonsils out a few years ago, they gave me Percocet for the pain, which was lucky for me as they forgot to mention they’d be taking out my adenoids as well. I woke up feeling like I’d gone a few rounds with Mike Tyson (although my ears were fine and unbitten), and although the pain took the focus off my throat, I needed that Percocet.
And in my lovely Percocet haze, I came up with Elevenses Bakery. (Click on the link for more info on Elevenses!) The concept, the branding, everything. The only thing I didn’t have was a commercial kitchen, and let me tell you, the Tiny Kitchen was not up to the challenge. Plus, having a dog and a cat put a serious wrench in the food safety laws that we have here in California. “Two dozen red velvets, madam? Yes, of course. Now, would you like dog or cat fur on those? No extra charge!”
Trying to keep the cat from walking over the cooling cupcakes was tough, but not as tough as trying to frost cupcakes in the California heat with no air conditioning next to a 350 degree oven. So when I finally had a nervous breakdown one morning when I had driven to three different storage places in town to try to find one utensil I needed, and then sent The Husband to look again, he suggested it was time to hang up my apron. I cried some more then agreed.
So, here are some of the creations I made while proud owner and proprietor of Elevenses Bakery. It wasn’t supposed to be all cupcakes—I wanted to make fun treats for kids’ parties, like goodie bags with alphabet cookies that spelled out the child’s name. Yes, I’m a spelling geek, I admit it freely. That idea must have been the Percocet, because I don’t even have kids. Unless you count the cat and dog, which I do. (I hasten to add that I do NOT throw them birthday parties.)
Some of these designs are from Hello, Cupcake and others were pulled from my own imagination. Let me know which one you like the best!