Friday, July 18, 2008

This weekend's cupcake plans

I'm taking on the "dried cherry soaked in kirsch" challenge this weekend. I have two designs of a "Chocolate Covered Cherry Kisses" cupcake. They each have the same cake, but have different fillings and toppings.

More on this later!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Cupcakes for a Cause

I have to say that I don't think that there could be a better cancer research fund-raiser EVER than the Cupcake for a Cause. If you are in the Los Angeles area, and are interested in participating in a bake sale this early fall to raise funds to raise money to benefit CancerCare for Kids, please post your name, what area of LA you are in and your e-mail below (use the function "renaemd (at) gmail (dot) com" if you are concerned about spam) so we can organize a meeting and planning team.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Cupcake Challenge #2

Okay y'all! We had some interesting suggestions (listed below) for the 1st Cupcake Challenge , so I'm working on these and will let you know how they turn out.

In the meantime, I need a challenge for next month, so think about your favorite cocktail(s) and post in the comments section - I'll pick three to work on and those who had a selected recipe will receive a special delivery of their own crunkycake. You can post as many times as you want, so reach back into those hazy memories and send me the best.

Last month's suggestions:
  • Scotch. Hopefully Oban 14 yr.
  • Absinthe
  • Mojito. Yup, all the ingredients (or at least the flavors) in one nice little cupcake package
  • Kahlua with crushed coffee beans
  • Dried cherries soaked in kirsch
  • Something with Ouzo but I can't think of an appropriate filling. Maybe a white chocolate ganache infused with ouzo?
  • Kahlua and baileys irish creme
  • Lemon drop
  • Beer
  • Pomegranate Martini
Happy posting - can't wait to see what you came up with!!!

Cupcake Frosting

What is your favorite type of cupcake frosting? Buttercream, whipped cream, ganache, etc?

When I was in Jr. High, I used Crisco exclusively for frosting the cakes I used to make my classmates on an almost weekly basis (I think my parents didn't want to spend that much money on butter), which I have a terribly hard time believing, but I was raised on more of a margarine diet for part of my life and it stuck until I discovered the real deal. Now, I'm almost a buttercream snob...but I'm working on branching out for these experiments.

So tell me, what do YOU like?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The top 3 challenges - coming to a kitchen near you!

Okay, we've got three great challenges and we're going to start working on them this weekend.

  1. Mojito - there are 4 (count them, four) designs currently in the mix, although one of them is not testing well with the author. I will probably only attempt two of them this weekend.
  2. Kahlua and Coffee - we have a design that is probably going to work right out of the gate, so this one will probably be the first to be attempted.
  3. Cherries and Kirsch - well, there are two designs, both equally interesting, both with chocolate (which is another reason that I need you tasters to sign up below) and I think these are going to be some of the more popular
I'll post pictures, feedback and thoughts this week/weekend.

Feel like you are missing out on the fun? Sign-up to be a tester and/or taster and come get your cupcake on!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Cupcake challenge #1

Okay, I was at a party where I brought Margarita cupcakes and Rum and Coke cupcakes and some of the guests were dreaming up new flavor combinations for *adult cupcakes* (can you bet this is what prompted this blog?) and I thought I'd give you a chance to submit three flavors/ingredients (one has to be alcohol) or a cocktail recipe and I'll take one of them on as a challenge.

Deadline to submit your idea is June 30th - if you are the one selected, I'll make you a dozen (if local) or send you an equally good prize (if not in Los Angeles).

Okay - get to it!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Tasters and Testers Needed

I need tasters and testers - people who will:

  • Taste my cupcake creations (LA Metro Area only)

  • Test my recipes (Anywhere)

Have you got what it takes?

Post your qualifications below...

Friday, June 13, 2008

What on earth am I doing?

Yeah, I know - it's ANOTHER freakin' cupcake blog.

But "with a tweeeest" - MY cupcakes recipes will always have alcohol or an alcohol flavor included.

What? Can it be? Is this the end of civilization as we know it?

Yes :)