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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cupcakes Delivered

It arrived in our info box. Like the others, it had a "from", "subject" "received." The request read: we would like to place an order for seven dozen assorted cupcakes, especially the Amaretto Pineapple Upside Down and the Sweet Potato to be delivered at 12noon-- tomorrow. Tomorrow??? It was 5:45pm. That was less than 24 hours. Just one problem, I didn't have any-- STAFF!!!!!!! For the most part, I'm it!!! No sous chef, no assistant, no mother's helper. NA-DA. Just me, myself and I. How could I pass on this "big" opportunity? One thing could lead to another and who knows??? Ugh, I was in a bit of a pickle. Sure, without even a wink of an eye, I could pull this off. But, then there were the kids, my kids; the husband, my husband and oh lets not forget the shower: Necessary! Seemed like an impossible task for even the most skilled. Obviously, the Craigslist Ad, I had been meaning to post served absolutely no purpose now. Bakers Assistant-WANTED!!!! Shucks.

Against all odds, I confirmed the order and bought two hours. They agreed to a 2pm delivery. Was I nuts? Probably. Willingly, I gave me, myself and I an impossible task. While my three alter egos battled, I ran the credit card. Waited. APPROVED. Let the baking begin.... I may be ambitious and a little over zealous, but I know the drill. Money first, cupcakes later.

I had twenty-three hours to go. I gathered my recipes, ingredients, equipment and "got to mixing". It was a reality show in the making. I was tempted to set up the tripod and attach the handheld. If nothing else, this was sure to be a "real" life episode. I passed on that opportunity. I figured YouTube had staying power.

Deliriously, I pulled an all nighter. Not really something at the top of my "to do" list. Those insane mid-term days had long passed. At 7am, I had to get the kids ready for school. Thank God, my four year old is pretty self sufficient. As long as one color on the shirt and pants match--it's an outfit. He's happy--I'm happy. I made sure my little one was groomed and dressed appropriately. Then, off to school they went. As for me, I was back to cupcaking.

By 11 am, the cupcakes were done, boxed and ready to go. Believe it or not, I made it with time to spare!!! Now, I had to deliver the cupcakes. Yep, "me deliver the cupcakes too"! But, not without disguise. I grabbed my Pam Grier hair, my inspector gadget hat and MJ's white glove without the studs and proceeded to the ninth floor reception. I was prepared for my fifteen seconds. I couldn't be the little fish in the big pond. OH, NO! I had to be like the "others." This was it! So, I cleared my throat, lowered my voice and announced, "cupcakes delivered".

posted by Nicole Friday for the Cupcake Craze
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