(Untaken Photo Goes Here. Guess I should’ve taken a picture of the cake, but the camera battery is dead, and I have been too busy – read lazy – to charge it. Just something else I’m doing to save the environment!)
A friend had a birthday last Friday, so my son and I made her a birthday cake. Because of the distance to her house, and the fact that she currently lives alone, I considered making cupcakes. They are easier to transport, and easier to take to others when you don’t want to eat them anymore. But ultimately, I settled on just making two cakes from the batter instead of cupcakes because of the environmental effects. I’m sure you’ve never thought about it, I hadn’t either to be honest, but cupcakes use those neat little paper cups, and a standard batter would need 24 of them. Thats money and waste I don’t need. When you make a cake, you don’t need any paper cups – though I still use parchment paper for the bottom. You also need less icing for a cake. Seems sacrilegious to skimp on frosting, but you really aren’t. Cupcakes are generally 2/3 cake, 1/3 frosting. Delicious, yes, but very wasteful – and remember that diet issue I mentioned a few posts back? Not so good for that either.
So the next time you make a cake, consider your Earth. Make a cake, not a cupcake; it will still be amazingly tasty, and you won’t have all those paper liners to pull at your conscience.