~Meet Creative Cupcake Connoisseur Alyssa~

Hey everyone! Alyssa here―another of T’s amazing group of guest bloggers.

When Tara told me she was starting a blog I was super excited for her, and then she asked me to be one of the guest bloggers and I was OVER THE MOON! Tara is so open with her emotions and life that it makes Pin Me T a joy to read and be a part of.

Tara and I met via Trudi Armstrong. Tara had left Tri-Town Travel to move on to the world of HR, and I was her replacement at the travel agency. Trudi had a little get together for Tara at her cottage to celebrate her recent engagement, and that’s when Tara made me my first chocolate martini.

For those of you who don’t know me I am a zombie loving, roller-derby playing, food enthusiast. Some of you may have been treated to a cupcake that I have made, but that is just a small portion of my culinary adventures. I treat my kitchen like a laboratory; to me, cooking is like science... You can make the most amazing things when you experiment.
In the words of Julia Child (my cooking and life role model) “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.
Here’s an interesting fact…. I don’t like cake…. I like the batter and the icing, but I am not a fan of the end product.  You make ask yourself then… “Why would someone make cupcakes if she doesn’t eat them?”  Here my friends, is the answer, cupcakes make people smile.  If someone is having a disaster of a day and you hand them a cupcake it puts a smile on their face, and making someone smile is worth all the cake in the world.  That coupled with my love of flavor experimentation is why I love making them.

Do I follow a recipe?  Not usually, I have a few base cake recipes that I use, but I generally add my own twist on things.  I do love a good cupcake cookbook, more for inspiration than anything else.

My First post is about things that help me out when I am creating, without most of these things I would probably not spend nearly as much time in my kitchen.

Here are my top 5 kitchen gadgets I couldn’t live without!

1. Kitchen Aide mixer- my life before this was a mess! (I wish mine was this cool Robin’s egg blue!)

2. Oxo Good Grips measuring cups, you can read the measurements from the top!! They also come in a handy teaspoon measure.

3. Oxo Good Grips cookie scoop – measures the perfect amount for a cookie or cupcake...everytime! They also come in a few sizes!

4. Silpat cookie sheet liner- nothing sticks to this and it is very durable!

5. Microplane Rasp grater- works for zest, fresh nutmeg, and chocolate!

I could probably give you a top 100 list, but that would be ridiculous!! Next time we will talk food!

In the immortal words of Julia Child... BON APPETIT!!

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