Saturday, 28 February 2009
It's not my birthday for another few days but I'm in New York so yesterday I met my friend Dennis at Balans in Soho for breakfast (yummy smoked salmon eggs benedict if anyone's interested) and we exchanged birthday gifts as his was last Tuesday!
Amongst my other fab Hello Kitty gifts, (including a very fancy electric toothbrush and bubblegum toothpaste!), were these cute cupcake items!
Friday, 27 February 2009
From Etsy seller Artology
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
The bottom pic is a roll of wrapping paper - I have a wild idea that I will wallpaper one of my kitchen walls in this and then varnish over it or something - I wonder if that's possible..time for me to do some Google research!
Although still showing a release date of March 12th on Amazon, my Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook arrived yesterday and I cannot stop drooling over it - it is GORGEOUS! Seriously it is perhaps the most gorgeous cookbook I've ever seen! Honest!
There are tonnes of cupcake recipes, including their fabulous red velvet and green tea (and the usual suspects, vanilla, chocolate and Manny's fave - black bottom!). But it's not all cupcakes, there are recipes for layer cakes, including Hummingbird and a Brooklyn Blackout cake that I think if Manny spots the pic will have him licking the page! There are muffins, savoury and sweet, cookies and brownies, including their frosted version.
I'm hoping to get some time this weekend to make the vanilla cupcakes as the book is just too gorgeous not to!
Go buy the book now!! Available on Amazon and in Hummingbird Bakeries!
Oh and Gwyneth Paltow endorses the book on the front but please don't let that put you off!
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
They were utterly adorable, possible the cutest cupcakes I've ever seen and they tasted just as good! I'm not usually a fan of chocolate cupcakes but these were really tasty and the frosting was out of this world - it was chocolate fudge frosting and there was loads of it - it was frosting heaven!
You can order them (no minimum) and I implore you if you like cupcakes to try them!
They tasted as good as they looked - the base of the cakes were really soft and fresh! And each cupcake was covered in lashings of yummy frosting (now I've gotten used to the non-buttercream icing I really like it!). I think the best one was Manny's chocolate ganache topped one! And to top it all Manny pre-ordered two of the Cookie Monster cupcakes to collect! I really am spoilt :)
Friday, 20 February 2009
Also if anyone else has any questions about cupcakes in London please get in touch! And dont forget to check out Kara's blog!
The pics above are from our tour last year :)
Thursday, 19 February 2009
They can be bought from Eleni's in NYC, along with their movie quote cupcakes.
How supercalifragilous expialidocious
Thanks to Serious Eats NY for alerting me to these!
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
"About 10 days ago, Food Network filed a trademark application to protect 'Cupcake Wars' for "a continuing program about food and cooking." I can't find any other details about the show and my requests to Food Network for more information went unanswered. Wouldn't it be awesome if Food Network and The Post teamed up to do a "Cupcake War" series with each episode focusing on a different region? Manhattan one week, Chicago the next, then LA, and Orange County and on and on."
Of course, just filing a trademark application doesn't guarantee that the Food Network will create or air the show, but it's some good intel on TV Tango's part.
Monday, 16 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
I'm a bit bah humbug* about Valentines this year however to counter-act the crappiness of the day I ate cupcakes** from Hummingbird Bakery which were gorgeous, and bought myself some rather spiffy pyjamas for a fiver from Primark.
We went on Friday to the Valentine's Slow Food Market at the South Bank and as well as a gorgeous haloumi sandwich and some fabulous beetroot houmous I also got a couple of cupcakes. A raspberry rose one, which I think was from Caroline's Cakes and Candy, (there wasn't any sign and I totally forgot to ask..it was too cold to think and I had a slight hangover after enjoying a few drinks watching Lordi on Thursday night!), and a red velvet one from Chocstar.
But the edible exhibit, on display Saturday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in honor of Lincoln’s 200th birthday, had a short shelf life.
Just before 5 p.m., after a five-hour display period, the cupcakes started flying off the ground as salivating spectators devoured the mural from the outside in. Within minutes nearly all of Lincoln’s face had disappeared. But an hour later — thanks to either full stomachs or a respect for the sitting president — the majority of Mr. Obama’s face was left intact.
The mural had something for all tastes: Lincoln, on the right, was recreated in vanilla cupcakes with chocolate butter-cream frosting. Mr. Obama’s likeness, on the left, was made out of chocolate cupcakes with vanilla butter-cream frosting. The stripes on the American flag backdrop were red velvet.
Ms. Rosen and a few helpers assembled the mural in a matter of hours Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. It was on public display on Valentine’s Day from noon until 5 p.m., when visitors were invited to help de-install the artwork. The whole affair was broadcast live on the museum’s Web site. The video and a time-lapse feature of the portrait’s journey from construction to crumbs will be available on the museum’s blog, Eye Level, next week.
Ms. Rosen, the proprietor of Zillycakes, a custom cake shop in Buffalo, first fused gastronomy and politics on Election Day, creating a 1,240-cupcake portrait of Mr. Obama, which she served to volunteers at his campaign’s Buffalo headquarters Nov. 5, according to her Web site.
“It started as a crazy love poem in food dedicated to an amazing candidate,” Rosen wrote. She calls her work “equal parts installation, performance, homage, and dessert.”
Friday, 13 February 2009
I took this Quiz (which I spotted on Kara's blog and I am a cute cupcake..wuhu
The quiz is originally from Lots of Sprinkles blog - which is a really cute blog!
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Further information here.
Not your idea of romance?
If it’s the sweet stuff you’re after, look no further than home-baked cupcakes from new London-based bakers Lily Vanilli. Chocolate, vanilla, red velvet or cherry sponges come laden with vanilla, mango, coconut or orange buttercream frosting and topped with fresh fruit or nuts. Brownies and custom cakes are available to order, too.
To indulge in something decadent without a heavy commitment, there’s a flourless almond poppy seed cupcake on offer.
At least something will rise to the occasion.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
I arrived at work last Tuesday after a wonderful "snow day" and found an email from Lola's in my in box - they were dismayed to read that I'd had a bad experience with their cupcake from Selfridges and wanted to send me a free box to show how great their cupcakes can be. Although never one to turn down a cupcake I replied and said it wasn't necessary to send me freebies as I was already aware they could be nice from Selfridges, however I'd just obviously got a bad one!
However on Wednesday my reception at work called me to tell me there was a "beautiful package" down there for me and lo and behold a huge be-ribboned box of gorgeous looking cupcakes were waiting for me! All 12 of them looked STUNNING and I shared some of them with some friends in the office and took some home and I have to say they were some of the tastiest cupcakes I've had - the base of all of them was moist (including the ones we saved for the next day), the flavours were really nice and the frosting was FANTASTIC!
Flavours we tried included carrot, chocolate, black and white, peanut butter and coconut. The pink ball covered one was one of the cutest cupcakes I've seen and Manny devoured all but one of the truffle-like balls himself...my chubby hubby indeed!
Thanks to Lola's for such a lovely gift - it was trully scrumptious! Oh and those I shared with in the office were definitely converted to cupcakes!