Damsels in Distress Dark chocolate cupcakes with red peppermint mascarpone icing, edged with chocolate and crushed candy canes In three years of baking for Hurley’s Homestyle Diner in Watonka, New York,
I’ve never met a problem a proper cupcake couldn’t fix. And while I haven’t quite
perfected the recipe to fix my father, I’m totally on the verge.
“Taste this.” I pass a warm cupcake across the prep counter to Dani and lick a gob of cherry-vanilla icing from my thumb. “I think it’s the one.”