First off thanks so much for all the love and support that has been sent my way this past week! I really appreciate it more than you know! These past few days have been a windwhirl of events that have left me happy, excited, exhausted, overwhelmed, but most of all grateful! I am so grateful for the wonderful support I have from my friends, family, and blogging community… without all of you I could never have made my dream come true and I am forever grateful for all your thoughts and prayers.
This first weekend open was so much fun and so much work! I was lucky enough to have so many friends and family stop by along with wedding industry friends and blog readers! Mary from SoCal Weddings did such a nice feature on me on Jay’s Catering Blog, so a lot of the photo credit goes to her… thanks!
Well let’s start the photo madness….first off, custom cupcake picks made just for yours truly from Posh Paperie!
**Also the Grand Opening Party has been CHANGED to Sunday, August 16th…we hope to see you there!
Check out these laser cut cupcake wrappers will take your cupcakes to the next level. They come in various designs for every kind of occasion. This product is definitely on the expensive side, costing $11.99 for 12 wrappers, but is worth it if you want a show stopper of a dessert. You can use them for a bridal shower or even for your wedding. The wrappers can be found at various online stores, but the cheapest I found them was at shopbakersnook.
Images from shopbakersnook
My friend from pastry school was having her 40th birthday party and she asked me to help out. For the dessert she wanted cupcakes of course. She said she wanted to keep it simple so we went with vanilla cupcakes with chocolate mousse buttercream and chocolate cupcakes with Chockylit’s cream cheese frosting (aka Vanilla Bean Frosting). Both of these are simple delicious!
The vanilla cupcakes I tried for the first time are from Vanilla Bakeshop. They gave the recipe away on the Martha Stewart show, and I knew I had to try it. The chocolate mousse buttercream is from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey which is a fantastic book that I recommend. This is probably my favorite chocolate frosting right now -definitely worth a try.
It was my turn to bring dessert to my Bible study last Thursday night, which was around the same time I was making the cake for another order, so I decided to use a little of the batter to make mini cupcakes for everyone. To make the cupcakes even cuter I decided to use some adorable flower cupcakes liners that I got from Fancy Flours. I think I have an unhealthy addiction to cute cupcake liners and once I see them…I have to have them!
Here is the chocolate devil’s food cupcake recipe that I used in a lot of my photos. These cupcakes are not only delicious, but they bake up perfectly every time, which is a pastry chef’s dream come true. This is Michael Recchiuti’s recipe from his book, Chocolate Obsession. This book is a definite buy for the chocolate lover because not only are the recipes great, but the photos in the book are mouth-watering themselves! Well, I hope you all take a chance making this recipe, because it surely won’t disappoint you.
Devil’s Food Cupcake Ingredients:
Here are some images from my cupcake class at Prep Kitchen Essentials. We had 13 ladies ready to bake, decorate, and eat their way through tons of yummy cupcakes. It was a tight schedule with lots of things to bake, many cupcakes to frost, and lots of decorations to make. I taught them how to make vanilla, chocolate, and carrot cake cupcakes. They also learned how to make vanilla buttercream, swiss meringue buttercream, vanilla cream cheese frosting, chocolate ganache filling, and peanut butter filling. Like I mentioned, it was busy!
In addition to cupcakes and frostings, I showed them how to make modeling chocolate roses, use chocolate transfer sheets, texture fondant accents, and pipe flowers. Here are some photos from the fun day!
I was so excited to hear that Sprinkles Cupcakes has joined this new trend of mobile boutiques. There is something so great about this concept…of course it could be that we are packing up the office until all hours of the night, getting ready for the move, and cupcakes just sound so heavenly!! I wish the Sprinkles truck would drive by about now! I am even more excited to hear there will be an Orange County truck soon!
How amazing would this be at an outdoor wedding reception!! Too cute! If you’re like me and can’t get enough of these adorable mobile shops check out Fresher than Fresh, Kogi Bbq, Visionary Boutique. As you can see I may have a small obsession with this brilliant concept!!
My husband’s side of the family has an interesting tradition for celebrating birthdays. Instead of celebrating everyone’s birthday on their actual birthday they like to group birthdays together from a 3-4 month period and celebrate about 10 people’s birthdays all together. Now this arrangement does have its pluses, but it also has its negatives -try being 24 years old and having enough money for 8 birthdays!!
Well, one benefit of being a pastry chef is using my culinary skills to make homemade gifts that make people forget that I didn’t spend the big bucks on them. I decided to try out a new recipe for the big party extravaganza! I took a look through my folder full of cupcake recipes that I’ve been wanting to try out and I kept flipping back to Chockylit’s recipe for Salted Caramel Frosting, so I decided to try it out.
Here are some fun photos from a previous cupcake class at Prep Kitchen Essentials. We had a great menu full of tasty cupcakes, fillings, and frostings and also played around with some fondant and marzipan. We used the fondant to make little embellishments for the top of our cupcakes by imprinting them with scrapbooking stamps. To check out this technique you can look at some of my post from yesterday. So here goes the menu for the class:
Using embossed fondant on decorated cupcakes is yet another way to bring out the stylish side of your yummy treats. This technique is extremely easy and very user friendly…a perfect project even for kids!