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Desserts for the Deserving July 13, 2012

Filed under: Cupcakes — Jen @ 1:34 am
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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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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!

Jen

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