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Another Bridal Shower

Can you believe it? someone actually found my website and called to order! I was shocked, too, honestly. I put up that website so my friends and family members could all get a good laugh out of my rudeness. I had no idea someone would actually take any of it serious.

Alas, along came Jan, searching the web for treats for her daughters bridal shower. She remembered having my goodies at a friends son’s christening in which the cupcakes were in the shape of a cross-I kid you not. Not individual cross-shaped cupcakes, nooooooo. She wanted them on a very large platter placed neatly to resemble her saviour’s crucifix. Hey, man, if you’re paying me, I’ll put them in the shape of an inverted pentagram. Whatever.

So Jan read my website thoroughly and called to discuss numbers and flavors. She says, “I read where you put that you only do full dozens and I want you to know, that’s okay. I understand.” It was nice to hear someone agree in the face of the naysayers telling me I should kiss as much ass as possible and just give people what they want. Nah, says I. Not gonna happen.

She ordered strawberry with strawberry cream cheese icing, white chocolate macadamia with orange cream cheese icing, chocolate with chocolate icing, cappuccino chip with coffee buttercream, lemon scented angel food cakes with lemon cream cheese icing, red velvet with plain cream cheese icing, and strawberry margarita. there was something for everyone, including the already-drunk-when-she-walked-in mother of the groom.

I was trying a new cappuccino chip recipe and there weren’t enough to taste so I hope they were good. I always encourage honest feedback from my customers, I hope they don’t just blow smoke up my ass. This recipe called for finely ground coffee in the actual batter which sounded a bit weird and possibly gritty to me, so who knows. She told me everything was fabulous and I really hope that it was. It sure looked good!!

So even though this is a mostly vegan food blog, not one of these recipes is vegan. This blog started out as me complaining about my kids, then went into my small-time baking projects, and THEN went vegan so I feel I must stay true somewhat to my roots and post pics of the stuff I do for others special events.

Oh, and if anyone has any advice on how to make strawberry cream cheese icing pipeable, hit me up. I’m dying over here. All I can ever manage is to put a blob on each cuppie and hope that it doesn’t drip too much. I had so much frosting go to waste because I didn’t know what else to do with the leftover. The very first time I made it, it was phenominal and I don’t know what I did that was different. Oh well!

Here’s the recipe for the angel food cupcakes. I get a lot of peeps asking about this one.

Angel Food cupcakes

½ cup cake flour

¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

5 large egg whites, at room temperature

¼ teaspoon salt

½ tsp vanilla

½ teaspoon cream of tartar

¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1-2 tsp grated lemon zest (optional, for lemony angels)

Oven at 325.

Line muffin pan with foil liners. In a small bowl, combine the cake flour with the confectioners’ sugar. In a large bowl, combine the egg whites with the salt, vanilla and cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the whites are firm and glossy. Sift the flour mixture over the egg whites in 2 additions, folding gently until incorporated.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, shifting the pan from front to back, until the cupcakes are springy and golden. Transfer the cupcakes to a rack to cool.

To make them just lightly lemon scented, add 1-2 teaspoons of grated lemon zest to the batter.

To make them a lot more lemony, add ¼ cup thawed frozen lemonade.

I like to be decadent since the cake itself has pretty much no fat. I make my favorite cream cheese icing and when you would normally put in a tablespoon or two of milk to soak up the dryness of the powdered sugar, I put in a tablespoon or two fresh squeezed lemon juice. It’s so tangy you think your lips are going to stay in that puckered butthole position for awhile, but they won’t, don’t worry.

Oh, and If you aren’t feeling decadent at all, just slice strawberries and put those on top, lame-o.

Enjoy!

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Bridal Shower Fun!

Okay, so it wasn’t THAT much fun. I worked my butt off, although, you’d think it would be smaller. Oh well! So remember these little buggers? My cake disaster that i mushed into balls and stuck in the freezer? I resurrected them zombie-style for yesterday. My hostess told me she needed some type of party favor and i told her i had a great idea!! Bakerella (look to the right-she’s in my blogroll) had a post about buying a peanut butter cup mold and making tiny little ‘cupcake’ bites. I’m not going to bother with detailed directions, she has those on her site. Instead, I’m going to thrill you with pictures! Here are the balls being formed. I put them back into the freezer to firm up again after being in my nice, warm hands.

Next, they are being pushed into the melted chocolate. Just try to get the melted chocolate to crawl all the way up the sides of the mold. It makes for a better cupcake effect.

Then they were topped with purple and pink melted white chocolate, which in all reality is vanilla. There’s no chocolate whatsoever in white chocolate. I think it just makes people feel better to call it that. Whatevs.

Then i dusted them with sprinkles and a mini m&m. You know, to look like a cherry or whatever. Super cute!

Here’s me working soooooo hard at these. (Note the Jessie Steele apron. Also in my blogroll. Buy one. Now.) They weren’t difficult, per say, just tedious as all get out. You better really like the person you are making them for, or you will be cursing the whole time, like i was. Not that I didn’t like her, but I’m indifferent towards the lady she ordered them for. Anywho!

Here is the final product. They got ooohs and aaahs from the guests and that’s all my giant ego really requires. Oh, and yes, i did indeed make the tag. I scrapbook, too, so i had scalloped edge scissors already hanging around my house. And nothing better to do on a Friday night, apparently.

Here are some more pictures of the bridal shower. Yes, I did everything, including the cucumber sandwiches (i know, right?) and the scones (scones? wtf?) with clotted cream. God that just sounds gross. Clotted cream. *Shudders* Anyways, you probably figured out it was an English tea party theme. Enjoy the pictures!

She placed the mini cupcake bites around a candle. It looked pretty. They did not catch fire, thankfully.

These were mini carrot cakes, mini banana walnut, mini cappuccino chip, and mini lemon angel cakes.

Then we have cucumber sandwiches with some sort of mayonnaise/ cream cheese mixture. I flattened the bread, piped on the stuff, carefully placed the cucumbers marinated in red wine vinegar, dusted them paprika, and cut them into fours. They were placed on lettuce leaves to keep the bread moist.

Here are the scones. My very first attempt and she tells me they were the best she’s ever had, and that’s not just a compliment, that’s a COMPLIMENT. She used to live in England. Whaaaat? I know, she was in the military, though. But still, she knows her scones. And while my version of clotted cream wasn’t what she’s had, it was still tasty, and as she put it, “Like any of these hillbillies will know the difference.” Right on, Pats!

Here is the “cake,” complete with flowers that were actually recycled from my mother’s day gift. I couldn’t believe they kept all week, so i used them. They were beautiful!! Oh, the other ‘theme’ of the shower was advice, so the hostess asked me to make cake toppers that had marital advice. Since I am previously divorced, i did not think i was best suited to come up with this stuff on my own. So, I perused the internet.

Here are some of the flags pre-cake topped. Yes, some of them are quite lame. What do you want from a girl whose best marital advice would be “don’t do it to begin with” ?

Oh, and just so we’re clear, NONE of this was vegan.

I hope you enjoyed my post on an English Tea Party/ Good Advice Bridal shower.

Now, go call your friend Randi and have some coffee while you talk about your neighbors, like I’m going to.

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