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Category Archives: food for thought

new show dc cupcakes: fakery at the bakery

I wasn’t originally going to blog about this new show, as I was hesitant to give my opinion. But so many people have asked me about it I figured it was worth a blog entry. Long story short: I was incredibly surprised at how staged the show events were. And I could barely get through 15 […]

jalapeno cupcake: fail

I guess it wasn’t a complete fail because it did look pretty, but unless you LOVE jalapenos, I’m going to have to retire this recipe. Since I was trying a new chocolate cake recipe, I figured I’d make a few jalapeno cupcakes (since we have a jungle of them and all). So I cut up […]

experimenting this weekend…

I finally have a weekend with NO commitments (except for Nat’s tickets I won but that’s Sunday afternoon) so I am going to experiment. I have a recipe for a supposedly amazing chocolate cake so I want to try that. Then I’m going to get a little bold. The bf is growing massive amounts of […]

what’s on a cupcake?

I’ve spent a lot of time recently trying to think of a unique way to “brand” my cupcakes. I use various piping designs so that doesn’t work… maybe some kind of fondant accessory? The most famous cupcake shops do this: Sprinkles Cupcakesall over the US use their signature circle sprinkles in various colors   Georgetown […]


Well not quite yet, but I am so close! I’m still working out a few details and I have some pages to finish, but I’m so excited I figured I’d push it through. Once I finish, it will be back on my domain, so when you type in, it will show up instead of the […]

the competition: community canteen take 2

So I decided to give Community Canteen cupcakes another chance… or maybe it’s just because I start Weight Watchers tomorrow. Anyway – I picked a mini vanilla one. APPEARANCE: They put it in the same box as the standard ones – so being a mini size, the top didn’t get squished. But it did take […]

lady gaga anyone?

If anyone needs a birthday cake (or any cake for that matter) and loves Lady Gaga… I am dying to make my own version of this cake!! She did a pretty good job… not gonna lie!

cupcakes on the move

A new trend in sweets is hitting the road – literally. I’ve known about Curbside Cupcakes for awhile now. They make stops around the DC area and offer combinations such as Cookies & Cream and Key Lime. But just recently a friend of mine told me about Buttercream Philadelphia. I love this company because the owner […]

useful tip tuesday: real BUTTERcream

  While mixing up a giant batch of my meringue buttercream, I started thinking about the color. My buttercream has a ivory/pale yellowish color. Every retail store’s buttercream is pure white. Butter is yellow – so why isn’t buttercream yellow? Well this sort of goes back to my blog post about the mystery of grocery […]

useful tip tuesday: make your own vanilla

I’m starting to use more and more vanilla beans in my recipes that call for vanilla extract. As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, the flavor difference is pretty amazing. After I scrape my tiny little beans out of the shell and dump them into my mixer, I feel bad throwing away the remains. I’ve read […]