I remember vividly the first time we made cupcakes in the trailer. Little tins with paper shells, filled with sweet cake dough, were popped into our pint-sized oven. It was our oldest daughter’s birthday, or close enough, and we were camped at the Alabama beach. The thought of baking a whole cake in our little galley seemed too much, especially on a warm summer day. So, we settled on birthday cupcakes. The bite-sized cakes steamed as they cooled on the counter, and filled the cabin with sweet aroma which seemed to attract all manner of insects and children.
Laughing Gulls and ground squirrels appeared outside – waiting for a dropped morsel – as a dozen cupcakes with half melted icing were devoured without difficulty by our small tribe. Thus, a tradition was born. Since that day we have celebrated many birthdays with trailer-made cupcakes. I just had a birthday so I hope I am next.