Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Brains, Microphones, and a Wedding

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Do you remember Jess and Dan? You know, the engagement cupcakes that I made way back when?  They were happily married in May.  Jess is going to be a neurologist and Dan does sports broadcasting.  As a result, their cupcakes were ... wait for it.... half brains and half microphones! (see my prior post on brain cupcakes here)

getting ready to go to the venue!
All packed up and ready to go!

I made 300 of these babies in my home kitchen in California.  I thought it would be no big deal as I have made 300 cupcakes for a wedding before in my single oven in Michigan.  For some reason, this time was more stressful.  It probably had something to do with me not having my Kitchen-Aid mixer and fashioning 150 fondant microphones by hand.  In the end, I finished just in the nick of time before I had to pack them up and get them to the wedding!

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There are dozens of more cupcakes under the table... shhhhh

All about 3 cupcakes made it safely.  It took about 40 minutes to set all of them up.  It took a lot of effort to make pretty patterns that fit on the massive cupcake stand.  The 36 hours of stress that led to the finished product was so worth it to see them all sitting happily on the cupcake stand waiting for the party.

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Me with the bride and groom

It was such a beautiful wedding and Dan and Jess seemed happy with the way the cupcakes turned out.  I think that the guests enjoyed them, too:

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At the end of the night, there were plenty of left overs which we were going to save....

bride and tray of cupcakes

But sadly the container wasn't all that sturdy and eager hands caused the cupcakes to fall to their sad, smooshed frosting demise:

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Poor cuppies.  Oh well - It was a fantastic time!

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Thanks to Dan and Jess for letting me be such a big part of your special day :)  And you two can think of it as special edition cuppies - who knows when I will be able to make cupcakes for a wedding now that intern year has started.....


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Coconut Cupcakes

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I made these chocolate coconut cupcakes several weeks ago to bring to dinner at a friend's new house.  It seemed like a lot of work to gather all of the ingredients: coconut oil, coconut extract, coconut milk, shredded coconut.  Okay, it really wasn't that much work, because I already had everything save the coconut extract.  I haven't really done much baking with coconut flavors other than adding toasted coconut as decoration.  

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The recipe is from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I thought that the slight hint of coconut in the cupcake was really nicely balanced with the chocolate.  I attempted to make a chocolate coconut frosting, but I haphazardly just added some coconut extract.  Gross - coconut extract smells like artificial coconut (think Malibu rum) and too much of it has a chemical taste.  I should have just added some coconut milk! Oh well, lesson learned.

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After sadly throwing away 4 cups of frosting, I made some vanilla buttercream and then topped the cupcakes with toasted coconut.  Deeeeeelish.  I wonder if it is possible to bake cake in half of a coconut shell.....

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