Doctor Who Cupcakes

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: Cupcake Project

Doctor Who Cupcakes
Doctor Who Cupcakes

Like many, my fellow Whovians and I had been planning a get-together for months to celebrate and view Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.   We had a lovely Whovian Brunch and had an excellent time watching the 50th Anniversary episode.  My contribution to our brunch was themed cupcakes – and true to Doctor Who form – it was a bit of a timey-wimey-wibbly-wobbly kitchen experiment.

I had initially thought to make sugar cookies; it was the main reason I had purchased this Kuhn Rikon cookie and cupcake decorating set and Wilton gel icing color but the time I needed to prep for that just wasn’t feasible.  I was also looking at steep learning curve given that I had never actually decorated baked goods to the extent I was envisioning in my mind.  Perhaps I was emulating the Doctor…or just being myself!

In the last minute I decided to switch gears over to cupcakes and try my luck.  This turned out to require some extensive recipe searching since I only wanted to make 12 for sake of sanity.  A number of recipes that made 24 weren’t easily halved and called for ingredients I didn’t exactly have on hand – at some point I was trying to divide 7/4 into two and then figure out how much corn starch I would need to replace and sift in the flour to make cake flour.  It didn’t occur to me later that I could round up, but hindsight is 20/20, right?  Anyway, by the time I was writing calculations in a notebook, I figured it was best to continue on with my recipe search.

Did I mention I started this project at midnight?

Eventually I found this excellent recipe of Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes from Dorothy at Crazy for Crust that would make 12-15 cupcakes.  I didn’t have vanilla bean paste (though now I totally want to try some), but it was an easy substitute with regular vanilla extract.  As those were baking, I went on search for a frosting recipe. I chose Wilton’s Buttercream Icing recipe.  Since I wasn’t sure about what kind of consistency I would end up needing, so I ended up deciding I wasn’t going to worry about it.

In retrospect, this story really is reminiscent of some Doctor Who episode on baking.  As Clara’s mum used to say:

The soufflé isn’t the soufflé. The soufflé is the recipe.

Perhaps the same can be said about cupcakes.  Maybe.

I had initially planned out a few ideas – the snowmen, the bow ties, and the Daleks.  The TARDIS and the Weeping Angels – true to their nature – just sort of appeared.  The Weeping Angel stone frosting was a fluke of aiming to make black icing.  The TARDIS was a fluke of messing up with red and throwing in colors until I tried to save the frosting with a blue.  And oddly, the bow ties – though cool – were more problematic than I had anticipated.  Perhaps all this madness could have been alleviated by not having five different designs of multiple colors…but, well, it seems appropriate that there is a little madness when making cupcakes about a Mad Man with a Blue Box.

-cct