I think if I had continued my Youtube channel, I would have eventually started vlogging my baking escapades.

Yes, it’d be nice to have a conversation while I’m baking (even if it was just with a camera), but because with the pressure of social media to have everything look picture perfect, showing what really happens behind the scenes of a blog would prove that my goodies don’t always turn out the prettiest, or tastiest (or even edible for that matter).

For some reason I thought a picture of uncooked dough was a good idea. It wasn’t.

I admit, I struggle with some baked goods (cupcakes, that means you) and I struggle with the photography, and I struggle with laziness and procrastination and inspiration and all sorts. I mean, I’m human after all!  After I finish baking something my kitchen isn’t spotlessly clean – how could it be with butter and flour everywhere and little to no counter space?  But who wants to see a picture of that?! Everyone wants a shot of the melty chocolate or fluffy icing.

These were supposed to be fluffy puff pastry…they look like ravioli. 

Now, I’m not writing this to complain – quite the contrary – I’m writing this to be totally transparent, and I’m sure other bloggers can relate: you want to post a new blog but life gets in the way – your cats won’t stop meowing or it’s too hot to turn on the oven or you just can’t rationalize spending another $6 on butter when there are other, more important things that need to be bought.

One of the things I’m currently struggling with is cupcakes: either the cake part is dry or the icing doesn’t pipe well or the whole thing is just too much and you know people would just rather have a cookie.  I know it takes practice. Heaven knows how long it took me to bake enough chocolate chip cookies that I have the recipe memorized, or to do winged eyeliner without looking insane, or to figure out how to wear modest clothing that is still stylish. It’s hard. It takes time. But it’s so worth it.

Quinoa chocolate chunk cookies. These looked awful and had an interesting “uncooked” texture

So even though this post is just a bunch of random thoughts, I’d like to look back on it and feel motivated to keep trying. Yes Erin, one day your cupcakes will look perfect. The icing will pipe beautifully, the cake will be soft and moist, and your sprinkles will stick without bouncing off and getting everywhere. It’s possible – you just need to keep going.

“Nevertheless, she persisted”.



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