I guess for most of you, your response to the photo above was, “What the (insert expletive)???” Don’t worry. That is a valid reaction.
The cupcake, however, raises a few eyebrows and left those who saw it with questions. Have I totally lost it? Do I live in a nuclear reactor that periodically turn my food and everything I have blue? Or am I trying to stand out from the endless crowd of boring red velvet cupcakes and come up with a controversial blue one?
Ok here is the story behind all this weirdness. The last time I made red velvet cupcakes, 11-year-old son, Razin, asked, why can’t you make them blue? Well, my son, it is called a “red velvet cupcake”. Duh! And he asked again, can you make them blue the next time? Well that’s a crazy idea! But I will not! End of story.
Then yesterday, I was listening to an interview on the radio about childcare. One of the things I picked up from that was, play with your children. And explore their imagination. If they draw a tree and color it purple, it’s ok. Use that to engage them in a conversation and make up stories and ask them why the tree is purple. The most important thing is NOT to kill their imagination. I thought this is brilliant!
Ok kids. You want blue cupcakes? Lets go blue!
I used a blue food coloring. I don’t know why it turned green. More weirdness! I baked a batch of the cupcakes, but only made 2 of them blue. Just in case it turned out totally gross, I don’t have to waste everything.
-hazrock, stranger than fiction