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Not that this would come as a surprise, but I am completely obsessed with all things Harry Potter! The films, the books, the music, the scarfs, etc!
I am super excited that today was the grand opening of Universal Studio's Harry Potter theme park! So to celebrate, I thought I would post a photograph of cupcakes I made for a party I hosted last year. It was a Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince party!
I made delicious devil's food cupcakes with ribbons of peanut butter frosting! I also made cute little fondant pumpkins for a decoration. Hedwig is standing by to make sure no one sneaks a
cupcakes before the dessert is served!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
"Her vision to create a unique and tasty line of delectable "dollhouse size" miniature desserts has become her signature approach in this vastly growing market. By transforming traditional sweets into dainty Dollhouse treats, she created a gourmet dessert menu comprised of completely original desserts, inspired by the enchantment and nostalgia of a dollhouse."
I was able to catch up with the winner of Cupcake Wars, Lindsay Morton! Lindsay is the owner of Dollhouse Bake Shoppe in Los Angeles, CA. And after reading her menu of delicious little creations, I need to head out to LA! They are adorable works of art, packed with flavor! And she is super sweet to take some time to answer a few questions! Everything from her favorite cupcake flavor, to her inspirations...and yes, seaweed and cupcakes? Check it out!
1. Who is your biggest inspiration in the baking world?
I have more of an art background than a culinary background, so most of my inspiration actually comes from the art world, rather than the baking world. I love to bake and have been doing it my whole life, but baking is more of a chemistry, so for me, I get excited about the decorating aspect, where I get to use my treats as an artistic outlet to sculpt and design.
2. What made you choose to create adorable dollhouse size desserts?
3. What do you plan on doing with your winning check?
4. Would you ever compete in something like Cupcake Wars again?
5. What is your favorite cupcake flavor, and why?
She then added about her Cupcake Wars experience.
A lot of people cringe when they hear seaweed in a cupcake (like I did on the show, when I found out the secret ingredients" but I can honestly tell you, my seaweed sesame cupcake with honey cream cheese frosting is soooooo good... ya, really good! You have to try it yourself to believe it, but with the sesame, the seaweed just give a little salty kick, and paired with the sweet honey icing on top it almost tastes like a honey roasted peanut.
Thanks Lindsay! Congratulations again!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Cupcake Wars just premiered on the Food Network! I cuddled up with my dog, my husband and a small cupcake from Crumbs to watch this premier. The challenge was to create cupcakes and a display for a Sea World Birthday Bash! If creating 1,000 cupcakes in 2 hours wasn't hard enough...how about adding sea salt and seaweed to your cupcakes?!
So, I am curious, what did you think? Did you like the competition? Was the judgement too harsh? What did you think about the host? I would love to hear your opinions!
Congratulations to Lindsay Morton, owner of Dollhouse Bake Shoppe! I really think you nailed it!
"I continue to think of cupcakes as sort of sleek and simple and nostalgic, but the reality is, it’s a very competitive marketplace out there, and I think it’s genius for the Food Network to pick up on that, because the show is really a mirror of what’s going out there in the industry." - Candace Nelson
And, just as sweet and simple cupcakes are, so was the opportunity to talk cupcakes with Candace Nelson, judge on Cupcake Wars and owner of Sprinkles! Sweet indeed! We discussed everything from opening your own cupcake bakery, to the most disgusting cupcake she has ever eaten! We even talked about the signature Sprinkles cupcake look! She was warm and inviting to chat with. I seriously want to take her out for a cup of coffee and just talk cupcakes all day everyday!
Ever wonder where the signature Sprinkles dot came from? I sure did!
"At Sprinkles what we did, is we reinvented the cupcake. We modernized it, we made it more sophisticated, more elegant with more beautiful ingredients, and we wanted to do the same thing with the look. So, playing on the traditional with the color of the modern dot; having that element of fun, but then also making it more sophisticated and sleek."
And according to Candace, strange and unusual things are coming for the series premier of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network!
"It’s a Sea World based event, so you can imagine the contestants are working with ingredients from the sea…and I’ll leave it at that. It’s a really unlikely combination obviously, you think of cupcakes and you think vanilla and chocolate, you’re not thinking about the sea or fish or seaweed or any of those things."
I am really excited to see what crazy ingredients the contestants need to incorporate in their cupcakes! Keep checking back, I will have much more of the awesome interview with Candace throughout the week!
And don't forget, check out the series premier of Cupcake Wars tonight at 9 PM/8PM central, only on the Food Network!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
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I am sure this Birthday boy is gonna have a super party with these cupcakes!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Has anyone seen Shrek Forever After yet?
This is totally up The Cupcake Cauldron's alley! Not only does Rumpelstiltskin have an army of witches, but they love to dine on cupcakes!!! I believe they were even referred to as "a bunch of cupcake eating freaks!" hahah. I love me some witches and cupcakes!