I recently discovered the meaning of the phrase “necessity is the mother of invention” when I set out to use up the last of my watermelon by making homemade ices. A quick and easy way to enjoy fruit that is lingering on the overripe — just a little simple syrup, pureed fruit (strained) and perhaps a squeeze of lemon juice. My kids were motivated to help, since they love anything sweet and frozen. Only one snag: I realized after the watermelon mixture was made that not only did I not have proper Popsicle molds, but I also did not have any Popsicle sticks to stick into cups — what to do? As I rummaged through my miscellaneous cabinet of cookware (a bigger endeavor than making ices), I spotted my cupcake pan and quickly decided to make frozen watermelon cupcakes. I lined the pan with cupcake liners, poured in the mixture, froze it for about 6 hours and…presto: the cutest cupcakes and a perfect summertime treat anytime! Sometimes inspiration comes out of desperation.
Claudia Sidoti, Recipe Developer, Culinary Production