Thursday, September 17, 2009

BitchBuzz: National Cupcake Week

My editor, whose Twitter handle is CupCate, of course made much of the fact that it's National Cup Cake Week (at least in the UK) and asked us all to do what we could in that theme. Of course, I got a bit silly as I'm not much of a chef (okay, it's true I can actually bake, but I am incredibly lazy, too). So I wrote my "recipe" for Brandy Alexander cup cakes:

For a complicated recipe like this, it is always best to start with the essentials. Of course for these cupcakes, brandy is absolutely required – and not just any brandy, either.

I would recommend the Paulet Lallique or Pierre Ferrand Memoire Vintage Edition, (although the Pierre Ferrand Grande Champagne 1972 Vintage will do in a pinch). While tastes vary greatly, of course, it is advisable to secure the very best brandy in order to achieve the fine results this recipe ought to have.

Taste tests are the best way to determine this. Line up several snifters of various brands, so that the light catches the light of the globes. Candlelight is best, so light a candle and position it so that the light both warms the glass and illuminates the colour of the liqueur.

Here is where Alexander comes in handy. Your Alexander, like your brandy, will probably vary according to individual tastes, but for this recipe it is best if he is reasonably strong and particularly good at tasks like lighting small candles and pouring brandy...


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5 comments:

Cranky Yankee said...

Mmmmm....stud muffins!

Where's the recipe for that?
:-)

K. A. Laity said...

LOL, Cranky, that's kind of an "add your own spice" recipe.

Todd Mason said...

Oddly enough, between the booze, beefcake, and beet-sugar (oh, reaching for the alliteration, we are), this column has less for me than most. But they sound good.

Have you been able to put together the dazzling letter you're capable of? Fear not...they know, even if they might not admit, that they have a good bargain indeed with you.

K. A. Laity said...

Well, yeah, Todd -- you're not really the target audience admittedly (but did you think it was funny anyway?).

I've put together the package contents and thought about the letter. I've discovered that I am indeed missing an essential piece, so now to tear apart office and home looking for it. The hope is to draft the letter today.

A good bargain, eh? Because I work far too hard for what I'm paid? Sucker...

Todd Mason said...

Parkeresque, if her libido hadn't been quashed.

Yes, we all tend to be suckers thus, having the elan sucked away actually...