Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cupcakes?...on a Truck?... in Boston?!?!

From The Boston Globe:

There will be no shortage of cupcakes on demand this summer when The Cupcakory and Kickass Cupcakes A-Go-Go Mobile hit the streets. “I’ll be baking fresh homemade cupcakes in the morning and loading up the truck,’’ says Diane DeMarco, whose itinerant Cupcakory sweetens the urban jungle in mid-July.

Made with eggs, buttermilk, and fruit from New England farms, The Cupcakory’s cream and green Dodge Aeromate will be zipping through Boston, Brookline, Canton, Milton, and Dedham with a string of ginger and red velvet cupcakes in its wake.

Kickass Cupcakes, of Somerville and Wellesley, plans to put the pedal to the metal by summer’s end.

It's about time that Boston got with the program. NYC has been pedaling cupcakes via trucks for over a year now. Click here for CNN's article.

4th of July Tart

I drooled on my keyboard as soon as I laid eyes on this picture:

The photo and tart are by Sara Gray, a Pacific Northwest based wedding photographer whose blog I have been stalking. I love seeing her pictures and being able to identify the city and the location she shot in.

I made the tart for 4th of July celebrations at Jake's parent's place. Very festive and fitting don't you think? I didn't follow the recipe to a "t" as I do not have the means to make the crust, i.e. I don't have a food processor. GASP! Say what? I don't have a what? That's right people, I don't have a food processor. Well, I did for like a week, but then I made Jake take it back because it wasn't the right model and haven't replaced it since.

So how did I make the crust without a food processor? I cheated and used store bought sugar cookie dough. I should have baked it for less time, but it worked. The other thing I had to improvise on was the custard. The flavor is amazing, but I took it off the stove too soon so it was a bit on the runny side. Never fear, Jake's mom to the rescue! She suggested that we put the tart in the freezer and have frozen custard. Genius! By the time we dug into it, the berries were nicely frozen, but that was a refreshing by product as it was so hot and muggy out.

The recipe can be found on Sara's baking blog called Everyone Loves Pie.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bridal Shower

This was my first major event and second largest if you count Jake's 30th where I baked 8 dozen cupcakes and a 6" mini cake.

I thought the shower was going to be your typical bridal shower. You know, the type where approximately 20-30 people (mostly women) show up. Well, it was a bit more than that. It was a Jack and Jill bridal shower with 100+ people, including children, rsvp'ing! Between the two of us, (myself and fellow bridesmaid E) we made 12 dozen cupcakes for the event. At the end of shower we still had 5 dozen left! We were trying to give them away by the dozen.

Top row, left to right: Step 1 - hand pipe N^2 backwards on wax paper. Step 2 - tranfer N^2 to bite sized brownie tray (silicone). Step 3 - fill with melted candy. Second row, left to right: Finished candy monograms. Lime green polka dot cupcake liners, the bride's favorite color! My fridge packed full of cupcakes (you'll note the beer stayed nice and cold). Third row: Finished cupcake complete with candy monogram garnish. Green tea cupcakes frosted with buttercream and  garnished with white chocolate melted into fun wedding shapes and vanilla-lemon cupcakes. Bottom row: Cupcake tower at the shower. Bridesmaid E and me proudly posing with our creations.

N^2 cupcakes: vanilla cupcakes with fresh lemon zest, frosted with lemon zest buttercream, and garnished with a handmade vanilla candy monogram. The logo N^2 comes from the bride and groom as both their names start with "N." There's more details on my other blog that give greater detail on how N^2 originated.

Now the candy monograms were a true labor of love. As described in the caption above, I hand piped every N and 2 backwards. I think I piped out over 12 dozen N's and 2's. Luckily I was smart enough to space them out over the course of a week. I would make approximately 2 dozen a night. I loved the way they turned out. They look pretty darn professional if you ask me.