October, 2011

  1. Happy Halloween

    October 31, 2011 by Lucylupop

    Happy Halloween Everyone!

    Last week the company the hubby works for had there annual Trick or Treat event. Alot of companies these days allow staff to dress up for the Holiday, and some even have contests, but this is slightly different. All those with children are able to bring them into the office, dressed up for the Holiday, and they can visit their colleagues offices for Trick or Treating! Some of the costumes are just too cute!

    So as a treat for the kids, and those in the office participating, I send in a little treat of my own. Halloween Cupcakes!

    Apologies for the bad lighting, these were taken very late at night!

    To deal with allergies, I decided to make these Gluten Free. I have been looking for good gluten free recipes, and so far this one seems to have been the best. I’m still holding out on finding the perfect recipe, so when I do, I will share! Upon request, I made Red Velvet Cupcakes. They had originally started as Orange Velvet, to fit in with the theme, however, the coloring wasn’t as bright as I had hoped.

    I went for three different styles, the first being Oreo Spiders.

    These are made from simply covering the cupcake in Orange ButterCream (I’ve previously posted my favourite Butter-Cream Recipe here). Then a single Oreo Cookie is then tilted on the top of the cupcake, and I used melted chocolate to draw on the legs and eyes.

    Marshmallow Pumpkins

    To make these rounded out Pumpkins, I used a circular candy mould to mould Orange Fondant into a half ball shape. I left these for afew hours to harden before drawing the Jack-O-Lantern faces on. As these were hollowed out shapes, I needed top find something yummy to fill them with. Afew weeks ago I brought some Marshmallow puff – and till this week, had never had a project to use it it. Until now! The only downside – after alittle while, the marshmallow started to leak out of the Jack-O-Lantern.

    And Finally – Fondant Mummies,

    These started off being the most complicated design, however turned out to be the most fun to make. I covered the cupcakes in white Butter-Cream, and cut small strips of White Fondant. Before applying any, I added a small section of black Butter-Cream, and added two small sprinkles for eyes.

    Happy Halloween one and All! Have a great night if you are not to partied out – and enjoy the candy!

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  2. Halloween ‘Martha’ Style

    October 30, 2011 by Lucylupop

    This week has been a long one, work has been crazy and, like everyone else it seems, I have been battling with being sick. Now I am back, on the mend and ready for the sweet delights of Halloween!

    This Saturday I visited my local Sur La Table to take part in a cooking class. Afew weeks ago, a friend asked me what class I would recommend them taking as beginner, and I had to admit I didnt know anything about them. This resulted in some research, and to my delight, a local branch of the store offering a wide variety of classes. All of a sudden, one name appeared on the course list and I was sold. The name, of course, was of Miss Martha Stewart.

    The class took place in a fully-stocked student kitchen in the back of a branch of Sur la Table. The class was full to capacity, with a total of 21 students all under the careful guidance of Chef Lauren. The Theme;

    Halloween Treats from Martha Stewart Living.


    The menu consisted of;

    Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats,
    Halloween Whoopie Pies,
    Pumpkin Chocolate-Spiderweb Tart, and
    Almond Brownie Coffin Cake
    .

    I loved the way this class worked with so many of us present. The class was divided into 4 stations and groups, all whom made a half version of the printed recipes. Along with Chef Lauren, were 3 assistants who filtered through the groups making sure everyone had the right ingredients and tools, and helped when Chef Lauren was with another group.

    Amongst the class was a young girl who had been coming along to multiple classes to learn all she could as she was an aspiring chef.  I was amazed at the culinary knowledge of this 10 year old, and loved the passion she had for the trade.  I wish I had know back at that age that I loved cooking as much as I do! She was a true inspiration to the rest of our group.

    The treats we made were delicious! The Rice Krispie Treats reminded me of childhood treats, and the chocolate was a fantastic twist. This was the first time I had ever made or even tasted Whoopie Pies, and the first time didn’t disappoint. My overall favourite however was easily the Almond-Brownie Cake. This is easily the best brownie recipe I have tried in a long time and I cant wait to try it out for myself.


    All of the recipes from this class are available in the Martha Stewart Halloween issue on newstands now. You can also find a listing of your local Sur La Table Cooking classes here.

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  3. #FF Follow Friday – The Cupcake Blog

    October 21, 2011 by Lucylupop

    Good Morning Everyone!

    I hope you are all well this Friday! I’m super excited its almost the weekend, I have a fun filled weekend planned.

    This weeks Follow Friday is a great showcase of all things Cupcake….The Cupcake Blog.

    This site is updated daily will some of the best cupcakes around each day. I have found many a great recipe and idea from this site, and have been lucky enough to have been featured on the site earlier this year when I was starting out in the Baking World.

    So head over to The CupCake Blog, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter!

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  4. Family Time!

    October 20, 2011 by Lucylupop

    Hi all!

    Thank you all for being so patient with my brief blog break. For the first time since our arrival in the US over 18months ago, some of my family and friends came to visit! I had the most amazing, but crazily busy few weeks. Returning to ‘normal’ schedules has been weird too, and I have sat down so many times to write this post, and just had, well, writers block. My family time was filled with fun and of course sweet things of all varieties, so I decide to share a brief look.

    Sunday– Cupcake Truck

    Recently, our apartment community has had regular visits from food trucks. The first two visits have been amazing, with Kogi and The Lime Truck. This was time for something different – A Cupcake Truck. Lisa and her Cupcake Truck ‘Oh for Sweets sake’ came to brighten up our Sunday afternoon. Apologies for the bad pictures, but these beauties didnt last more than 2minutes in our house!

    Monday – San Diego

    Whilst visiting San Diego’s Seaport Village, we came acrossed such a cute little Cupcakery, ‘Frosted Robin Cupcakes

    The little store was soo cute and all of the cupcakes looked amazing, both my sister and I decided to try Chocolate cupcake with Blue Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. There is no other way to describe this cupcake, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!. If you are ever in the area, I would seriously recommend you pay them a visit.

    Tuesday – DISNEY!!

    Mickeys Halloween Party at Disney, what an awesome day (&night). Friends from Europe were here and we had all set a date for Disney.

    Before heading off, I had heard of the Disney Snack Track, a book listing all of the sweet and unique treats that can be found in the 2 parks. I call that a challenge, so the ones I found…….

    Mickey Ice Cream Cookies!

    Nom!

    Mickey Shaped Pretzel...perfect munching for 'The World of Colour'

    Halloween Cupcakes

    I loved these Caramel Apples

    Friday – Making Cupcakes!

    So as we had to wait in Friday for a UPS deliver with a certain Apple product I may have purchased *cough*, we decided to make use of the time by teaching my sister to make cupcakes.

    Oreo Cupcakes …..Done! I think my sister did a pretty good job too, cupcakes clearly run in the family!

    So, from this week, normal service resumes, and my week is filled with catching up with blogs, baking and trying to balance full time work again (who knew a week off could throw you off so much).

    See you all tomorrow for the return of ‘Follow Friday’

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