Friday, May 16, 2008

Baking Up A Storm

“To give life to beauty, the painter uses a whole range of colours, musicians of sounds, the cook of tastes—and it is indeed remarkable that there are seven colours, seven musical notes and seven tastes.” –Lucien Tendret

For a long time now, it has been my dream to go to culinary school. I would love to become a pastry chef and open my own small bakery where I would sell a variety of fruit and berry tarts, quiches, and cakes. Every time I watch the food channel, especially “Ace of Cakes” which is set in Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes, I long to be in the kitchen with the chef. I would be willing to perform even the most menial task to give my career a jump start.

Due to this baking passion, I was extremely excited when I heard about the opening of Georgetown Cupcakes. The two sisters who opened this shop have essentially fulfilled one of my highest aspirations. Although I have not actually tasted a cupcake yet, I have visited Georgetown since the bakery’s opening and been able to look in the shop window. It is a tiny, but cute little shop with an ideal location and the cupcakes which include flavors such chocolate banana, key lime, and lemon blossom look delicious. To be sure, long lines and early sell outs are a great testament to the quality of these cupcakes. Personally, I find the idea of a chocolate hazelnut or chocolate mint cupcake hard to resist.

While some people may deny that baking is an art, I beg to differ. A baker must design goods so that they are visually appealing. Taste means nothing if it does not look good enough to eat. In the case of a cupcake, decorating calls for the same care and precision that an artist uses when handling a brush. Attention to detail is also a must. Therefore, Georgetown Cupcakes has succeeded not only in developing a profitable business, but also in promoting an art form.

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