Despite searching high and low, I have not been able to find a good s’more cupcake in Seattle. I bring a few back from my favorite bakery every time I visit the Bay Area, but cupcakes are not the most ideal travel companion and I do not make it back there more than once or twice a year. Not ready to go without these cupcakes, I decided the best option was to master them myself. The making of the batter and baking went off without a hitch, but I could not finish the frosting because I needed a cooking torch to toast the top.
While I know that this may not be the most common cooking tool, I did not expect it to be that hard to find. After striking out at a few places, I finally found one at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Even though the store has several different options for most items, there was only one cooking torch. I guess that the one option made it easier to make a decision, but I would have liked to have some different options to choose from. Even after the purchase, I have looked for a torch at a couple of kitchen specialty shops. At all of these locations, there was also just one option available. If I did not want the item immediately, I believe it would have been better to purchase the item online so that there were options available and some customer reviews.
The cooking torch was $30 dollars in store, which did not seem unreasonable. If I could ever actually locate one of those BBB coupons that come in the mail all the time, it would have been closer to the $25 that it is listed at online. The kicker was that you also have to buy the fuel. Once again, there was only one option for fuel and a small bottle was $10. As a first time user of the torch, I wasted a lot of fuel trying to transfer it into the torch. I would have preferred to pay for the torch and fuel as a package because it would ensure that the two were compatible and reduced the amount of fuel lost. If fuel loss is just a part of the game, then I think it would be better to purchase it in multiple packs, which are available at a much lower cost online. In the end, saving time outweighed lower costs, but it certainly would have been nice to have both.