Here is the future of muffins. It’s so hot and steamy it might be considered a studmuffin.
This started as a recipe for microwave chocolate cupcakes in a tea cup and ended as a lemon-cornmeal-blueberry muffin. For people like me who live with no other human companions, this is a nifty way to make a single serving of cake in about five minutes. Or, if you’re knee-deep in children, it’s a manageable manner for letting each of them make his or her own snack in a custom flavor without little fingers getting burned.
The only possible musical accompaniment for the retro-1980s idea of microwave baking is I Fight Dragons, another @IScream4Indie find. Pay close attention to the first track, “Power Up.” Does anything sound familiar?
Here’s the beginning of our tempest in a tea cup. Ingredients are doled out in Barbie-sized portions:
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
small handful of blueberries
A tiny pinch of salt might be appropriate, but I forgot to add it.
IFD is the brain child of lead vocalist/guitarist Brian Mazzaferri and keyboardist Bill Prokopow. But what was their idea? Hear all those electronic boop-boop noises?
Oh, don’t overlook the guitar work or the drums. But think about the other percussion. Listen to the percussion. Hum a few bars. Let your fingers move.
Yes, there was a Mario Brothers theme in there. With the possible exception of drummer Chad Van Damm, the members of IFD (which also includes bassist Hari Rao, guitarist Packy Lundholm, and singer Laura Green) play vintage videogame controllers. While the cake is in the microwave, there’s time for the band to explain how they program a variety of controllers, from handhelds to dance mats to a game-controller-tar for their show.
Well, it’s a nine-minute video. You’ll want to take the cake out of the microwave at roughly 2 minutes 30 seconds. If you hear the phrase “I have to resolder it after every show,” either your cake is about to explode or your microwave is underpowered.
Do not be alarmed if the cupcake (or muffin) comes out of the microwave looking like swamp sludge. This is normal. It should be moderately firm swamp sludge that pulls away from the edge of the cup. Beneath that faintly threatening exterior is a moist, mildly sweet cake with a texture similar to a coarse-grained pound cake.
Sweetness is also not beyond the techno-pop capabilities of IFD, as the final track on their EP, “With You,” demonstrates. Even the bloop-bloops are the tender bloop-bloops of rain drops spattering on window glass. The technology is cool, but ultimately, it’s not about the tech. It’s about what you do with the tech.