January 2nd, 2012
mr. t’s 60!
A._’s dad is a big fan of the Ateneo Blue Eagles basketball team. When the team captured the 2011 UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) crown making them four-peat champions, Mr. T. and his wife were naturally ecstatic. This euphoria was carried over his 60th birthday celebration as evidenced by these “sporty” cupcakes. Of course, some of the cupcakes must have the Ateneo colors.
Cupcake base was caramel. Frosting for the basketball cupcakes was whipped cream tinted orange with melted semisweet chocolate markings. Frosting for the Tony 60 cupcakes was creme ivoire (white chocolate glaze) tinted blue. Since creme ivoire is chocolate-based, I had a challenging time getting the right shade of blue as the candy colors (food color for chocolate) palette is limited. I had to use a mixture of the Wilton candy color and the regular gel-based food color.
I was happy with my test cupcake even if the blue frosting stained my tongue. I forgot to warn A._ about it when I delivered the cupcakes. I wondered if the birthday boy were among those who got a blue-tinged tongue? Hmm, it must have been quite a sight but I was sure it added to the festivity of the occasion.
I was curious so I asked if Mr. T._ used to be a basketball player. No, his wife told me they are just avid fans of their alma mater’s team. Wow, such dedication! I wish I can be that way too with my own team but they always lose early. Sigh. At least I was fortunate that the UP Fighting Maroons captured their only championship trophy to date (haha, still hopeful!) during my sophomore year in UP. For UAAP fans, just figure out the year.
Thanks A._ for making my cupcakes a part of your wonderful celebration!