This week it's National Cupcake Week so we thought, let's bake a cake. A big cupcake! A big cake for a birthday..
But have you ever tried to light candles on a birthday cake with no matches? Want to hear our summer tale...?
We were staying in an appartment over the summer holidays and thought we'd bought in all the ingredients - the flour, eggs, baking powder, cocoa powder, and so on. Ooops forgot the icing sugar, that's ok, quick rush to the shops before they shut, yep, got the icing sugar.
Now it's a microwave cake, so it can be whipped up in 10 minutes. Please don't gasp, I know, not baked, but sometimes convenience must over-rule!
So cake made, tick, now the icing... no scales. OK let's just sprinkle the icing sugar then. It's getting late, but we must sing Happy Birthday.
Candles, yep, let's put those on, candle holders, yep. So on they all went. Now it's 9pm Sunday night. Shops are shut.
No-one is about.
Matches.... Where are the matches...?
Who's got the matches?
We turned the appartment upside down. There are candles in the lounge, dining room, dotted all over the appartment, but no matches anywhere.
We looked in all the logical places: kitchen, dining room, sideboard, on the shelves, inside pots. Nothing. Not a match anywhere.
Lightbulb Moment No 1:
"I know", I suggested, "let's use the hob, and light one of those wooden skewers you use for the BBQ."
Hubbie muttered something under his breath, far from convinced... So into the kitchen we went, wooden skewer in one hand. Turned the hob on full, you know those induction ones, that immediately heat up. Nothing. Tried again. No heat, nothing. Some safety aspect or something.
The ring only heats up if a pan is on it, so we placed the pan on the ring, and waited. Nothing. Hubbie is too impatient.
We quickly abandoned that idea.
Lightbulb Moment No 2:
I had already another suggestion waiting in the wings - what about the cigarette lighter in the hire car, let's try that.
So this time, we all
went down to the car, King Julien with the cake in one hand, me with the wooden skewer in the other, Tuna, Spike and hubbie too. By this time, all in jarmies and it was pitch black too.
So you can imagine, the photos are just total darkness...
The cigarette lighter pinged out, ready to light...
Hubbie impatiently tried to get any kind of paper to light... Nothing...
OK bigger piece of paper... Ping, the cigarette lighter pinged out.
Seconds past, we waited holding our breath, will it light?
No-one said a word, just hubbie broke the silence... "It's not hot enough..." he growled.
Another stupid idea...
So I am afraid it is not possible to light a birthday cake without matches... We couldnot find flint either, otherwise we would have tried that...
Lightbulb Moment No 3:
Ask the neighbour in your best french...
So what cupcake disaster have you had?
Can't wait to hear your tales...
The Lunchbox World Team x