It is amazing to me to see all the cupcake stores springing up all over the country. I have visited quite a few in order to taste - not my competition - but my fellow collaborators' creations of yummy cupcakes. I typically bake for fun - I like coming up with the unusual cupcake...a cupcake that might bring back memories of my childhood (french toast with peanut butter frosting) - a cupcake for that girls night out (lemon drop martini) - a cupcake to imitate rainbow cookies from New York (rainbow cupcakes made with almond paste, orange marmalade and raspberry jam) or a cupcake to make up for gingerbread season being over at Starbucks (a gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting). I enjoy finding new recipes, be it on cooking shows like who else but Martha Stewart, books (such as The Cupcake Doctor) and blogs (Bakerella). My short-term goal is to learn how to decorate like a pro! My long-term goal is to not weigh 200 pounds from eating one too many cupcakes...then again...to quote Erma Bombeck - one must..."Seize the moment. Think of all those women on the Titantic who waved off the dessert cart!"