“Indian Corn” Cupcakes

Autumn is a great time for OCD baking.  There are so many ideas out there for shaped breads like the sheath of wheat bread, and insanely awesome baked treats.  I haven’t dabbled too much with shaped cookies, mainly because mine have always turned out to be ugly (but delicious) disasters.  I did create a couple of shaped cakes, though:  one for Easter, that I will write more about in the spring, and a pumpkin-shaped cake, which I stupidly did not take pictures of.  So frustrating when I forget to snap a pic, especially when it’s something that takes me forever to make.  That monstrosity took all afternoon.

Speaking of taking up an entire afternoon with obnoxious baked goods…. I have been looking through lots of old photos lately, and came across this memory:

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What you’re looking at are “Indian corn” cupcakes.  No, they are not flavored with corn, hence the quotes.  Basically, I made a batch of simple yellow cupcakes and covered them with white frosting.  Then, I spent about two hours oh-so-carefully placing autumn-colored jelly beans in tiny rows.  To finish it off, I took some sheets of phyllo dough and put them in the broiler for a few minutes to serve as my husks.

How did they taste?  No freakin’ clue.  I cannot eat jelly beans.  I’m not allergic, I just physically cannot go through with it.  When I was about 5 years old, my amazing grandparents came to visit us around Easter, and bought us a truck load of candy, including a 1-lb bag of Jelly Belly.  No one paying attention, I proceeded to eat the majority of the bag, and shortly after I relived the contents of that bag all over the house.  Never again, jelly beans.  Never again.

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Would I do this again?  Nope.  It was so messy and frustrating and took so incredibly long.  I can remember my back aching at the end from hunching over the table all afternoon.  Looking at the picture, I can still see a couple of jelly beans that are off-center.  Now I won’t sleep tonight.

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