Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Fondant should be used for decorative purposes, not to drape over an entire cake.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This cupcake is a bit confused:
Vanilla/Chocolate Swirl cake with hazelnut buttercream frosting ~Compliments of Elisavet and Dimitra~
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
When I first moved to Athens, Greece I figured I would continue to bake cupcakes. I however, never realized what a challenge this would be until I moved here. Simple ingredients that were once so easy to come by were near impossible to find. For example: Pure vanilla extract, gum paste powder, crisco, superfine sugar, chocolate chips were nowhere to be found. Therefore, recipes that were once easy to make were now extremely time consuming. Why? Because chocolate chips were no longer found at the nearest Stop & Shop they were now piped out of a pastry bag. Marshmallows were not bought in the big industrial sized bags, but rather made from scratch. Fondant was not purchased in the Wilton tub that was sold at Joanne Fabrics but rolled out with the homemade marshmallows! Canned pumpkin? Boil a pumpkin! This at times was frustrating because when I wanted a quick solution it was not at hand. I must say this brings a completely different meaning to the word HOMEMADE!
*Picture of fondant flowers made with homemade marshmallow fondant
I suppose nothing is impossible, considering the fact that I had to make 600 cupcakes within a 48 hour time frame! One might say I procrastinated and should of started baking 3 days in advance, but my anal retentive character will never allow me to compromise the freshness of the ever so beloved cupcake! So what is one to do with only 3 cupcake tins and one oven that only bakes 12 cupcakes at a time? Pull an all-nighter OF COURSE! Although it was arduous and extremely time consuming it was definitely worth it. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing the final project, and the look on my customers face when they take their first bite!