Not a bento artilce, but I worked too hard on these to not share. I don’t bake very often, not only because of my fear of dough, but because of respect. I compare baking to chemistry where you have to be very precise. Cooking on the other hand allows many ingredient deviations and you can “get away with it” when you’ve added too much or too little of something. Baking is not that forgiving.
However, during special occasions and a little prodding I can create cupcakes. I’m more interested in the decorating phase than the actual baking, so I skip all the measuring and sifting and go for the box mix. That way I can concentrate on the homemade frosting, usually butter cream. The inspiration for these cuppies are from all the holiday poinsettia in the shopping malls and stores. I happen to have a cake decorating tip from a previous fixation with icing roses, an obsesseion really… and one which I could not master. So the safer flat shaped flower like poinsettia is a much saner choice. The results yeilded 40 cuppies, but only about 3 dozen made it to the Christmas party. You probably can guess where the “rejects” landed… and it was not inside a bento box!