Our oldest granddaughter's birthday is in May, and we will celebrate with her soon. We were surprised to find at Christmas that she is interested in crystals. When I heard about this, I thought she was into the multi-faceted, shiny stones that you might see in jewelry, but she is more interested in rocks. Her grandfather not only increased her collection of crystals, but found boxes for her to store and identify her rocks. He's gradually helping her to expand this interest, so I wouldn't be surprised to find him giving her rock hammers and things of that nature when she is older. One of Dear Husband's sons has trained in Geology, so we might need to have him arrange a crystal-hunting trip one day.
While I know very little about crystals (although I'm learning more every day thanks to my granddaughter), I do know a thing or two about cake baking and cupcakes. Dear Husband's daughter announced that GD1 wanted to be a Cake Boss when she grew up. There is a show on TV called "Cake Boss." We'd never seen it, and made it a point to watch one day. I have no idea how my granddaughter saw this show, or what about it appeals to her, but it's resulted in frequent bouts of cupcake baking.
I think I have the perfect gift for her. Sur La Table is a chain of stores featuring things for the kitchen, the grill and the table. I was surfing through their newest catalog and discovered a pan to use to make filled cupcakes. Envision the shape of a small ice cream cone from Dairy Queen.....the kind with a sugar cone. This pan will create the bottom piece with an indentation that holds a couple tablespoons of pudding or other fillings, and a top that looks like the swirled ice cream. The pan will bake six sets at a time. Bake, cool, fill, top and dust with 10x sugar and you have an amazing dessert! This is a Nordic Ware pan, so it should be good quality, and long lasting..
I figure I need to buy the cup cake pan to offset the rocks that Dear Husband will be giving her. I hope my step-daughter will still be speaking to me after a few rounds of these cupcakes. Perhaps we can have a baking day at Gramma's! YES!!!
Do you suppose that this will be the child who carries on the sugar crisp recipe for the family?