Category: Cupcakes

Biggest Project Yet: “Strawberry Spree”

Guys, I did it. It’s finally over. Mother’s Day 2012 at Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar was a huge (and not to mention, all-consuming, body-exhausting, & mind-blowing) success! A widespread brunch/lunch buffet of Japanese fare was followed by “Strawberry Spree” Sweets buffet (by yours truly), where 460-something voracious, yet surprisingly pleasant, guests devoured 1800-something servings of 12 different types of strawberry-themed desserts within a span of 5 hours and 3 full-seating turnovers. Let’s not forget that this was, believe it or not, after these bottomless bellies were stuffed with mountains upon mountains of sushi, tempura, udon, salad, chicken, king crab, and God knows what else. All I really want to know is, who are these thoroughly inhuman people with such exigent appetites and where on earth did they come from? Because I have this ever-growing hunch that I must be related to them. After all, there is a most uncanny resemblance between my belly and theirs.Stomach resemblance aside, there may have been little else alike between these wonderful guests and I. Though the picture doesn’t show it (thank God), I slept for a very true-to-saying, painstakingly short-and-sweet 45 minutes. The grueling fun-filled hours leading up to that nap and the even more agonizing joyous hours that followed were wholeheartedly dedicated to baking and assembling a mass amount of the greatest (and most practical) homemade desserts I could muster up and create from scratch. Exhausted as I may have been, and trust me when I say exhausted is a euphemism for the physical state I was in at the time, this project was my absolute pride and joy from unshaped, prenatal beginning to expectant, postnatal forthcoming. It was Mother’s Day, for crying out loud, and this project was my beautifully overweight newborn. Continue reading

Chocolate Soufflé Cupcakes with Mint Cream

I’m not going to lie. I used to be one of those grinch-like people that cringed at the idea of Valentine’s Day around the corner. I just never particularly bought into the commercial holiday disguised as a single-day celebration of “love,” as defined by Hallmark. It just seemed overly contrived, an unnecessary excuse of a holiday to muster up hackneyed displays of overexuberant chivalry and romance, as evidenced by the ample amounts of purchased flowers and chocolates (of which I cannot complain). That was, at least, until I began turning the day into yet another more appropriate excuse to bake heart-laden morsels of chocolate in every form to win the love of not one, but many.


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Dessert Disaster – Part II.

As you stare at the picture above in admiration and awe, I can only sit here and tell you that I am doing the same. I wish I could tell you that I had made that tasty masterpiece all on my own, I wish I could give you the recipe – but I didn’t and I can’t. What I can tell you about that scrumptious piece of art is that it was for an event that was two weeks ago. I’m fully embarrassed to admit that I am completely and totally guilty for the crime of utter procrastination and shameful negligence. Yes, this update should have been for Mother’s Day. Shoot me now.

Just kidding, please don’t. Instead, let’s talk a little bit more about these cupcakes and then about my own.


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Not Just Rabbit Food.

Even though this may be more appropriate for Easter which just passed, I wanted to use up all the carrots I had in the fridge. This compelled me to make carrot cupcakes, my post-Easter treat. I had bought a bundle of carrots at Sam’s Club last week, which was basically a pack of God knows how many for only 3-4 bucks. Thinking I’d probably use a lot of carrots for cooking here and there, I thought this was a practical purchase. I have really got to learn how to steer away from good deals and instead think about food waste and cost. I also should remind myself how I do not particularly like carrots, especially cooked ones. Yuck.

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Not Just Rabbit Food.

Even though this may be more appropriate for Easter which just passed, I wanted to use up all the carrots I had in the fridge. This compelled me to make carrot cupcakes, my post-Easter treat. I had bought a bundle of carrots at Sam’s Club last week, which was basically a pack of God knows how many for only 3-4 bucks. Thinking I’d probably use a lot of carrots for cooking here and there, I thought this was a practical purchase. I have really got to learn how to steer away from good deals and instead think about food waste and cost. I also should remind myself how I do not particularly like carrots, especially cooked ones. Yuck.

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