Hello fellow CC'ers,
I have quite the dilemma on my hands (or at least it appears that way): I am looking to enter a local baking competition (cupcakes) and one of the requirements is that the recipe accompany the cupcakes (no brainer) and that the entry be the sole work of the entrant (also, a no-brainer).
Perhaps I am overthinking this too much but how do you generate an "original" recipe? I am still a novice baker/decorator and when I do bake I tend to use tried and true recipes for the base of whatever kind of cake I am going with.
My thing is if I am entering a competition and need to generate an "original" recipe (the theme this year is chocolate), how do I go about making that happen? I guess I am asking how do I go about making an "original" chocolate cake recipe without stepping on the toes of someone else that made a chocolate cake recipe?
For example, if I use a recipe that I have found online, I always say, "Well, I found this great recipe at..." and the design process is all me. But, I have yet to wake up and go, "For this chocolate cake, I will need X amount of eggs, Y amout of sugar..." right off the top of my head.
Am I overcomplicating things?
Someone tell me how do I make a cake recipe of my own that hasn't been made before? I am a scratch baker but, like I said, I usually bake cakes that are based on recipes that provide a solid foundation and go from there. Is that considered grounds for disqualification? This is my first competition and I am so lost, lol.