I do realise this little tale of woe will have me sounding a little like a fruitcake but here goes.
My friend has recently moved two states away and taken her cupcake recipe with her. Ordinarily not a drama but you need to understand that these cupcakes were INCREDIBLE. They melt in your mouth they are so light fluffy and moist. They easily beat any cupcake I have been thrilled to find at those cosy upmarket coffee shops. She was coy when anyone mentioned her possibly sharing the recipe, saying it was one from a well known cook book author.
I kid you not, these cupcakes have ruined me for ordinarily otherwise great cupcakes. There is no happy in going back.
Here's the thing. As she is now so far away I no longer have access to the cupcake goodness, nor do any of our friends so I was hoping she might be happy to share the recipe. Her cupcake thunder cannot be stolen when she is not here - can it? I emailed her and asked if she would mind sharing the recipe so that I could make her amazing cupcakes for my daughter's birthday early next year. So far, no response to my email. She has commented on a few other posts on my facebook page so I am under no illusion that she has accidentally fallen off the edge of the earth
I should probably get to the etiquette questions.
* How should I feel about the complete lack of a response after a month to an email? Obviously I can't email her again about it. Yes, I am feeling a little cupcake crazy.
* Is it just a little ridiculous not to share a great recipe with close friends that apparently is a publicly available recipe anyway?
* I feel awkward now with this friend. Should I just pretend the request never happened?
* Do people normally keep recipes so secret? Have I committed some sort of huge sin by even asking?
I have never been possessive with my recipes, often scribbling them out for people on demand, and frequently these are ones that I have developed and tweaked for myself. They are for cooking though, not baking. I unfortunately am relatively new to baking and until a couple of weeks ago have never baked a cupcake. I am in my early 30s. Yes, I know, it's sad
I have made 5 batches of cupcakes this last couple of weeks, all from different recipes from different famous authors of baking books. Alas, they are ordinary, and I am not convinced that is completely due to my baking newbie status. Please please please in addition to helping me with my quirky etiquette dilemma can anyone direct me to the best ever cupcake recipe they know?
(I apologise to all those who now, due to the power of suggestion, now feel compelled to find themselves a cupcake