Tricia Beck and her Nana are fairly close: though Tricia is now 16 and brimming with the spirit of adventure, she remembers the bond formed after 5 years of cohabitation with Nana. That bond inspired them to form new bonds yesterday, through baking. But this isn’t the memoir of some perfect cutesy family memory, because those simply don’t happen.This is the memoir of a perfect catastrophe, and what they learned.
1. It shouldn’t take an hour to buy the ingredients for cupcakes and cake pops. You should never bake from scratch, always use cake mix. There are plenty of great articles that show you what you can do with boxed cake mix. So one thing Tricia learned is, no matter what the recipe says, use white or chocolate cake mix… unless they suggest other cake mix.
2. You should never use olive oil when baking. Tricia and Nana figured it wouldn’t hurt… they were wrong.
3. You should always check the expiration date on your baking powder or your cupcakes won’t rise.
4. You should buy styrofoam to keep your cake pops upright.
5. You should never bake with frozen strawberries.
6. You should never doubt your Nana, because she’s usually right.
7. You should laugh at every failure and if it all goes wrong, it won’t go wrong next time.
8. You shouldn’t be afraid to borrow from neighbors
9. They’ll never know you didn’t make the frosting
10. Cupcakes taste best when baked with love.
So when there’s flour on your nose and Nana’s complaining about her hair, remember this will be a memory you can laugh about one day, and that it will be one of your favorites.