Did you know I love to bake? Did you know I love to bake for other people, friends and strangers included? So when I saw a blog post entitled “Calling All Bakers!” over at i am baker I knew I had to volunteer. This is part of Amanda’s Desserts for the Deserving movement, and her sole purpose in doing this is to “bring people joy.”
I was matched up with one of the many Deserving recipients, and that’s when I suddenly think “What was I thinking? Am in in over my head?” and “What in the world can I make and ship all the way to Washington?” Cookies aren’t my forte, and I can’t ship a cake so what about cupcakes? But again…how am I going to ship cupcakes across the country? That’s when I had my a-ha moment: cupcakes in a jar!
Ok…a-ha moment achieved. Now specifically *what* am I going to put into these jars? I decided to keep it simple and stick to the basics: 12 jars with 4 each of yellow, white and chocolate cake. For the filling and icing? I had Oreo buttercream, lemon buttercream, peppermint buttercream, peanut butter buttercream, vanilla and chocolate buttercreams and raspberry filling to choose from, and that’s when things really got fun. I mixed and matched all of the above for a great assortment of flavors. Chocolate and peanut butter? Check. White and raspberry? Check. I almost didn’t want to give these away! Yum-O!
Creating these sweet treats was the fun part, now on to “How in the world am I now going to ship this across the country?” With 100°+ temperatures and an extreme heat advisory I was at a loss. Brainstorming with my husband, we figured #1 they need to be frozen first. That will be the first defense in surviving the trip. Then throw in a couple of ice packs, packing peanuts, bubble wrap and the USPS Express Mail option and we have success! I hope! I mailed the box yesterday morning, and it’s scheduled to be delivered Saturday.
I’m excited, nervous, proud and happy pretty much all rolled into one. So to Kim or Ann (the BFF who nominated her) if you end up reading this please know how honored I am to have been matched with you. I had so much fun doing this for you, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
To read more Deserving stories: Nominate Someone You Love
To follow along with other bakers and their recipients: Deserving for the Deserving Facebook Page
To see other bakers’ blog posts: Desserts for the Deserving Pinterest Board
I can’t wait to do it again next year!