Monday, January 28, 2013

The darkest hour

Do any of the rest of you get up early to bake?  I've always been more of a morning person than a night owl.  Plus, there's something so nice about being up before the sun, when the day is still so quiet and undisturbed.  I get so much more done then than if I stay up late to finish something.

Today, it was getting up to make a batch of Swiss meringue buttercream.  (Dorie's recipe from BFMHTY.)  I've made it so many times now, I could practically do it in my sleep. =)  It helps that I had leftover egg whites in my fridge.  I made the cupcakes last night--the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes from Cook's Illustrated, minus the ganache filling--and this way they had plenty of time to cool completely.  B surprised me by saying that if she had to pick just one frosting flavor, it would be vanilla.  (She originally wanted me to do a chocolate/vanilla swirl.)  She picked the wrappers, and we decided pink edible glitter would coordinate nicely.

It's so fluffy!!!


  1. Gorgeous!! I'm with you...I get soooo much more accomplished in those early hours!

  2. Get up early to bake? Are you kidding me with that? LOL. I might do it for bread occasionally, but even then, I don't think my idea of early and yours is necessarily the same. I'm thinking No Baking Before 9 a.m. is probably my motto. Closer to 10, even better. That said, you do stellar things early in the dark hour...maybe I should give it a try. Very pretty cupcakes!

  3. It depends for me, sometimes I bake early and sometimes late. I'm usually more productive at night, but also tend to make more mistakes because I'm exhausted. I love SMBC but I don't remember having made Dorie's recipe...need to check that out!