Thursday, September 30, 2010

Taylor Swift. Strawberries. Cake... You know what Im saying?

As I spent this afternoon on Twitter with my pal, Netflix, a glass of water, and my second helping of chocolate mousse...

(Don't Judge!)

...I found myself immersed in that new Taylor Swift music video. And can I just say, she must know by now how fun it isn't to not be her. I know it's a mouthful, but think about it.

At any rate, the video brought me back about a month ago to a breezy sunny afternoon, where I watched as two of my friends were blissfully wedded in marriage. And, of course, there was cake. A mouth-watering, succulent, so-worth-the-calories 'Sweet Love' Cake.

In this cake, one would find a light strawberry-filled vanilla bean sponge, separated by layers of honey ricotta cream filling and, you guessed, more strawberries. To finish, it was masked with a French honey buttercream frosting and a featured decor of pearls and snowy leafless trees. I know it was a summer wedding, but it is called "icing."

So, congratulations to Austin and Kim Earley. And thank you for choosing this cake as your first ever dessert to be shared as husband and wife. 

How about that, Tswizzle!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chocolate? Sure. Stout? YES PLEASE.

A good stout is hard to find...

If you're not counting a good Guinness Drought, which I think you totally should.

If you do your homework, which I have gladly done for you, you will find that our distinguished friend pictured above is considered an Irish dry stout. The type of beer we know as "stout" originated in the porterhouses of early 18th century good ole Londontown. If you've ever enjoyed brew that's darker than, let's say an Oreo color, chances are you may be a stout-harlot.

So, in radically-defined effort to join together in matrimony, be it holy or not, the combination of stout and chocolate, yours truly did some bakin...

May I present...

The Chocolate Guinness cupcake.

What may have been devil's food in another life, has fervently been snatched from the hands of Satan and transformed in to a cake of stouty-cocoa goodness, with a belly full of mousse and a hat of Italian malt frosting.

Good sirs, to you we tip our hats!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thanksgiving cupcakes...Ya, that's right. it turns out, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and all I can think about are cupcakes. 

Yes, the whole turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce thing is appealing as well, but when I walk into the store and see those beautiful, golden-brown sweet potatoes staring at me right in the face, I just wanna friggin' melt.

Isn't she lovely? Gosh darn it, she's ravishing.

Do you know how else she can be lovely? In a cake, of course.

You know what will make her taste disgustingly delicious?  Salty caramel. Toasty mallows. Sauteed apples.
Maybe some Bourbon? Umm, yaaa...

If you don't think she's a beauty, you're more than likely a grinch. I know, wrong holiday, but still, you are.