Last week, the world lost one of the best science fiction writers that ever lived. Ray Bradbury died on June 5, 2012. I couldn't believe it, even though he was 91 and had been ill for a long time. I guess I just always thought he'd live forever.
Ray Bradbury was one of my favorite authors (second only to JRR Tolkien), and I had always assumed that, someday, I would get to meet him. I never made any effort or put any plans into action, but for some reason I just really thought it would happen. My father had the chance to meet Johnny Cash before he died, and I just assumed I'd get to meet Ray Bradbury.
In his honor, I made a cupcake inspired by one of his novels, Fahrenheit 451.
My favorite is the one of the top, but I had some other good ideas that, if done better, might be pretty great. My ideal cupcake would have a little fondant book in the middle of the frosting, being consumed by the "fire", but whenever I tried to do that, it didn't turn out right. Don't worry, I'll try again.
For the cupcake, I made a "Red Hot Velvet" cake. I found the recipe on the Food Network's website and thought it was fitting. My theme for this cupcake was the fire, since that's obviously a major theme of Fahrenheit 451. I topped it with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting and it is fantastic.
The cake is nice and chocolatey with a subtle kick (thanks to the cinnamon and cayenne pepper!).
I'm still in the process of thinking up other Ray Bradbury inspired cupcakes, but I'd say this one is a great start.