I vividly remember 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 a 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.