Sunday, September 27, 2009

Viva Las Cupcakes!

T hese cupcakes were created for an Elvis themed birthday party. The party planners and I decided that we definitely wanted the cupcakes to say, "Niki Rocks the Big 30", but when it was time to execute this idea I really had to think it through. The cupcakes were for a mature crowd, therefore I wanted them to look sophisticated but yet spunky at the same time. I decided to use sugarpaste for the lettering and I embellished them with silver dragees (which is what really made them pop). The final project was exactly how I had envisioned it. It was a lot of fun bringing the party's theme to life, and it gave me an opportunity to get my creative juices working. All I have to say is Dimitra and Elisavet... Thank you thank you very much~Elvis~

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cakespy Interview!

S ince I'm new to blogging, I've been trying to network by introducing myself to my favorite bloggers, Jessie Olsen from Cakespy being one of them. She emailed me back and was nice enough to request an interview. Check it out at

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Baby Phat!

A fter giving birth around 4 months ago, my body has not been so kind to me! Prior to becoming pregnant I ate relatively healthy, therefore, I would treat myself to a cupcake or two a week. After the birth of my daughter however, I found myself struggling to lose the last 12 pounds of baby fat, therefore I put myself on a healthier regimen which meant NO more double chocolate chip cupcakes. Although I have an occasional bite here and there before I send out my cupcake orders (only to ensure they meet cusomter satisfaction that is) I pretty much have been keeping my lips sealed. Although its been rough trying to lose the extra weight and and even harder not being able to indulge in my creations, I can still get my cupcake fix in other ways!

Monday, September 21, 2009

"Damn that's a lotta money!"

I was organizing a party with my maid of honor not too long ago, and the customer requested a fondant covered cake from a well known cake decorator here in Athens. When the cake arrived to the party (650 euros later) it was beautiful! Covered with hand rolled princesses and fairies! I thought to myself if this cake tastes as good as it looks this woman is a goddess! After taking the first bite of the cake, I soon realized that this woman was not a goddess she was just really good at rolling figurines out of fondant. The cake was like a Styrofoam brick with a plastic like flavorless topping! I'll admit I think the fondant covered Louis Vuitton and Manolo Blahnik cakes are pretty impressive, but with that money you can buy your own pair of Manolo Blahniks! So what are other options for a super trendy birthday cake....cupcakes! You can still incorporate your theme with minimal amounts of fondant and sugarpaste, they taste AMAZING, and they won't leave you saying "Damn that's a lotta money!"

Fondant should be used for decorative purposes, not to drape over an entire cake.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Elvis Inspired Cupcakes...

So I was collaborating with two customers to think of an Elvis themed cupcake and their enthusiasm encouraged me to create some yummy new flavors!

I t's now or never:

Banana cake with peanut butter filling and chocolate buttercream frosting.

A big chunk of love:

Banana cake with chunks of dark chocolate and vanilla buttercream frosting.

A lways on my mind:

Peanut butter cake filled with chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate buttercream frosting...(one bite and this cupcake will always be on your mind!)

A re you lonesome tonight:

What to do on a lonesome night? Gorge yourself with cupcakes of course!

Chocolate cake with cream cheese filling and vanilla buttercream frosting.

T he all shook up cupcake:

This cupcake is a bit confused:

Vanilla/Chocolate Swirl cake with hazelnut buttercream frosting ~Compliments of Elisavet and Dimitra~

Thursday, September 17, 2009

In Style

~In Style Magazine .. by Mina Birakou~
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FYI...No it wasn't one too many cupcakes I was pregnant with my little cupcake!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


I must say our cupcake menu is truly unique. Mostly because the cupcakes are musically inspired; such as The Holla Back Girl (B-A-N-A-N-A-S), The Smashing Pumpkin and The Sweet Thang. One turn of the radio knob or one spin of the DJ's record may result in a new flavor for that week. It's amazing how the sweet sound of a melody can inspire me to create something that satisfies my palate!

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

The Cupcake 600
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!

Cupcake Creations:

* Double chocolate chip stuffed with chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate buttercream
*Raspberry filled coconut cupcake with white chocolate buttercream

*Brownie cupcake with nutella filling and hazelnut buttercream frosting

*Madagascar vanilla cupcake with mint buttercream frosting