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The amazing bake: day 1

So here’s the deal. I’m not actually going to start baking today. Today is all about the preparation: creating the blog, making the guidelines, getting set up. The actual cupcake making will have to wait for another day, but don’t worry, you should still read this post to get familiarized with the rules of the game.

Things you should know about this cupcake project before I start: (basically, this just sounds like a list of disclaimers)

Objective: To find a new cupcake recipe that begins with each letter of the alphabet, then bake said cupcakes, and then blog about the experience while posting pictures of the final result.

Rules: Well, I wouldn’t say there are really any rules that are set in stone or anything, (I did, after all, create this blog mainly just so I could have an almost legitimate excuse to bake more often) but that being said, there will be a few guidelines that I’m going to try not to break…

1. The goal is to finish this project within a year from whenever I bake the first batch of cupcakes. (I’m thinking hopefully sometime in February of 2013) Still, I do have a pretty busy life with school, extracurricular activities, friends, etc., so I’m not going to make myself go crazy by trying extraordinarily hard to stick to this deadline. I know 26 batches of cupcakes in 365 days seems pretty easy, but if you break it down, I’d have to be baking every other week and occasionally more, and that’s time that I just don’t seem to have right now. If you really want me to hurry up and bake though, words of encouragement would be gladly accepted! 😛

2. I’m also going to try and avoid “cheating”. What I mean is, I’m going to do my best to not just use easy adjectives to fulfill the alphabet requirement. However, I’m been thinking about this for a few days and, honestly, I cannot for the life of me think of a cupcake that starts with the letter X! Any suggestions?? So, there will probably be a few exceptions to the rule, but overall, I’m going to do my best to not use any adjectives unless it is completely unavoidable.

3. Ok, this is going to sound like a stupid/silly/obvious rule, but I’m just going to say it anyways. I’m not going to bake any cupcakes with flavors that I do not like. That’s just how it is. So I’m really sorry if you are a big fan of berries in your cupcakes because I’m probably not going to be baking a lot with fruits (with the exception of maybe apples or bananas, but even though I don’t mind those two fruits in my baked goods, that might still be getting a little too close to the muffin classification, and that’s a whole world that I’m not even going to get close to). Just thought I’d give you guys a heads up. Also, this isn’t really a rule as much as a notice, but because I plan on bringing a lot of these cupcakes to school to share (you really think I’m going to be eating hundreds of cupcakes by myself?), I’m probably going to avoid using many nuts in the recipes. Several of my friends are extremely allergic, so I want to be able to share with them without them going into anaphylactic shock. Crazy right? 😉

4. Again, this one isn’t really a rule, but I didn’t know where else to put it. The purpose of my posts are going to mainly focus on sharing each recipe along with pictures to hopefully motivate some more people to bake. I am by no means a professional (seriously, I’m fourteen), so if you guys are expecting perfect results and online baking classes with tips and everything, then you seriously have way too high expectations. For my blog, think: recipe, quick summary of the baking process, if the cupcakes were especially good or especially bad, and maybe a hint here and there if I noticed something tricky. I want people to visit my blog because it’s a place to find different recipes, pictures of the final process, and what could be possible if you follow the basic instructions given. The posts are here to share and provide inspiration, but I really cannot guarantee anything. If you want perfection, visit Matha Stewart’s website.

So. I think that’s about it. I didn’t mean to sound harsh or anything in the guidelines above; I’m just trying to get my thoughts down and express what I am hoping this baking project will be like. I think this is going to be a lot of fun, so if you guys just check in once a month or something, you can be a part of this cupcake adventure, too!

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