Yesterday we received a call from Emma’s school because she was hysterical and couldn’t calm down. Evidently a child in her class had a birthday and the parent sent in cupcakes, which Emma couldn’t eat. There are few things Emma loves more than a birthday celebration and cupcakes are an integral part of that. So when Emma wasn’t allowed to eat the cupcakes, she was beside herself. Eventually she was able to calm down, but it took awhile.
I was with a client when the call came in and couldn’t speak with her, but told the school I would make cupcakes with her when she returned home. (I have made at least four batches of cupcakes to date, none which she will actually eat. She and Joe made a batch – she ate two right away and a third the following day, then refused to touch them again.) But yesterday I found my old tried and true recipe for cupcakes. Emma has always loved the cupcakes from this recipe, so I substituted gluten free flours and hoped for the best. Emma enthusiastically poured sugar into the ghee, helped whip everything together, occasionally dipping her finger into the batter and eating it – all a good sign. I had her help me spoon the batter into the muffin tins and put the whole thing in the oven. When they were done, beautifully fluffy and perfect looking, Emma eyed them critically before speeding away, saying nothing.
“Hey Em, look! They look perfect.” I held one up for inspection.
“No?” Emma said in that questioning way of hers.
“Oh, Em. Just taste it.” I could see she wasn’t going to like them.
Nic came over and picked one up. “These look great, Mom. Can I have one?”
I have always taken pride in my culinary skills, but Emma is one tough customer. She did finally taste one before putting it down again and expressing her displeasure.
“I can’t believe she doesn’t like these. They’re so good!” Nic managed to say between mouthfuls.
Ah well. The search for a cupcake recipe Emma will enjoy continues.
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