Friday, October 12, 2012

Opening night

The leaves are brilliant shades of red and yellow, a chill lingers in the air, and night falls sooner and sooner with each passing day. Fall has certainly arrived, and with it comes hockey season. Yes, hockey goes on even with the No Hockey League mired in a lockout.

It's opening night for many of us in minor league land, and by happy coincidence, it's also opening night for Puckcakes: Hockey with a sweet tooth. Throughout the season I'll post my baked creations inspired by teams, players and other elements of the hockey world. (Zamboni cake pops? Working on it. Cinnamon Crosby? That's 50/50.)

First up is the Tastes Like Success cupcake. Every team has an opening night, but only a few get to raise a nifty banner to the rafters. I'm fortunate enough to be a fan of the Fort Wayne Komets (newly moved to the ECHL) during the strongest era of their history. Banner-raisings are almost as routine as the Zamboni resurfacing the ice.

Kaleigh Schrock and P.C. Drouin unveil the 2010 championship banner.

Good things come in threes.

Opening night is a good night in Fort Wayne, banner-raising or not. You'll see the owners looking dapper in their orange bow ties (bow ties are cool), watch the light show and rock along to "Welcome to the Jungle" before intros, and, finally, you'll stand up and cheer with 10,000 of your new friends as the new incarnation of the team skates onto the ice for the first time.

Yeah, opening night in Fort Wayne tastes like success, which is why the first cupcake is champagne cake with orange-champagne frosting. Top it off with a tiny trophy, and you've got one sweet pre-game snack.

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