Friday, October 1, 2010
Things have been busy, busy, busy...
But we have a ton of orders coming up - which means we'll also have an endless supply of cupcake pictures for our blog. We thought we had a pretty busy summer here at Whisk Upon Star but fall is going to be 10x as crazy!
Last weekend, we did an adorable set of Ni Hao Kai Lan cupcakes for little Nara's birthday. After months of putting it off, I was finally able to take pictures of the fondant decorations AS I was making them - with the help of my lovely fiancee of course! (Note to self: It is virtually impossible to hold fondant in one hand, a sculpting tool in the other and the camera in the ... um third hand?)
Anyways, until I get those posted, here's a link to the luau themed cupcakes we made for Auntie Josie and Auntie Dolly's birthday:
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I immediately fell head over heels in love with the edible glitter The Cupcakery used on their cuppies. It looked so similar to craft glitter - I almost didn't eat it! I've seen other types of edible glitter before. They usually look like a cross between sanding sugar and fish food (Ew I know!). But this glitter was gorgeous! It had a really pretty iridescent sheen to it. So sparkly!
Anyways, enough about the glitter! The Grasshopper did not disappoint! The chocolate mint frosting was the perfect consistency. It was nice and creamy - not at all heavy! The cupcake itself was a little too rich. But I'm more of a fruity cupcake kind of gal so I guess I'm just not used to all that chocolaty goodness!
Anyways, that's my mini-review of The Cupcakery in Vegas.
If you're planning a trip to Sin City, definitely go check it out!
~Edible Glitter and Kisses
Friday, July 16, 2010
Mixed it with eggs in a pan...And made the world's most bestest flan!
He makes my heart do a hand stand....
1/3 cup sugar
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes
Fresh whipped cream, for garnish
1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes, toasted, for garnish
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the sugar until it caramelizes. Pour it into a flan dish, pie plate or round souffle baking dish with shallow sides, swirling it around to coat the bottom.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs until foamy with a wire whisk. Beat in the condensed milk, coconut milk, vanilla extract and 1/4 cup coconut. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. It will need to bake in a water-bath in the oven. Set the dish into a large baking pan with sides and carefully pour water around the flan to come 2/3 the way up the sides. Carefully transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for about 1 hour, until the flan is set and the center only jiggles a little bit, like a cheesecake would. Remove from the oven and water-bath and allow to cool completely. Turn the flan out onto a flat serving platter. Cut into slices for serving. Garnish with whipped cream and toasted coconut.
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 min
Show: Paula's Home Cookinghttp://www.pauladeen.com/index.php/recipes/view2/coconut_flan/
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Occasion: Savy's 30th Birthday
Flavor(s): Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate Raspberry with Cream Cheese Frosting
Theme: A Few of Savy's Favorite ThingsThirty is an awesome number. Researchers say it's the number of seconds it takes for a person to fall in love. It's the number of minutes it takes Rachel Ray to make a meal. It's the age Teresa tells people she is - but isn't (Just making sure you're reading Treese!) Our gorgeous and incredibly talented friend Savy turned 30 last week. She's the Vice President of the San Diego Asian American Journalists Association and her friends at AAJA wanted to surprise her with cupcakes at their meeting. (p.s. If anyone ever wants to surprise me with cupcakes, I'm all for it!! Anyone?
Savy's favorite cupcakes are Red Velvet, so we whipped up a batch of those. Teresa also made a batch of chocolate raspberry cupcakes for the first time. They were delicious!
And he turned out pretty darn cute...
Monday, June 28, 2010
Anyways here's the low down on my boys:
Age: 4 years old
Favorite Snacks: String Cheese, bananas,
Goldfish (the crackers not the swimmy ones),
scrambled eggs and sweet potato ice cream
Hobbies: Counter surfing, playing at the dog park, passing gas,
wrestling with Kash and running in the sand at Dog Beach
Age: 3 years old
Favorite Snacks: Peanut butter, yogurt, string cheese,
scrambled eggs and duck treats
Hobbies: Running in circles, chasing rabbits, humping things, killing stuffed animals and sunbathing
A few years ago, we decided to have a little doggie block party to celebrate Kona's birthday. All of our neighbors brought their pups over for a playdate and we served these cute little banana pupcakes. They were really easy to make and the dogs LOVED them! By the time we were done, Kona had frosting all over his face and our neighbor's boxer Colt had scarfed down three of them!
Here is the recipe for those of you who have furry babies at home:
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons honey
And for the record - yes, we did try the pupcakes for ourselves! They tasted like bland banana flavored muffins with frosting on top. Definitely not something I would make for humans...
Friday, June 18, 2010
Happy Buzzlight Year Day?
The much anticipated Toy Story 3 came out in theaters today!! Who's going to check it out? I can't wait to bring the boys to go see it.To celebrate the opening of Toy Story 3 in theaters, our favorite confectionery goddess Bakerella made these incredible Hamm and Mr Potato Head cake pops. UH-mazing!!
I love the way she uses little pieces of candy to make Mr Potato Head's body parts. No fondant required. She is so clever!!
Check out the original post on http://www.bakerella.com/
Happy weekend y'all!!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
On to our post...
Remember back in the day when there was only two kinds of cupcakes - chocolate and vanilla? When we were growing up, my mom only used the boxed cake mixes so I didn't even know other kind of cupcake flavors existed until I met Teresa . For those of you who didn't know, Treese is the incredibly talented baking genius behind Whisk Upon A Star. I just make things look pretty - she does all the measuring, sifting, mixing and baking. She's also in charge of coming up with new cupcake flavors. Right now, we only have the basic flavors available (chocolate, vanilla bean, red velvet and carrot cake) but we are starting to experiment with new ones.
People are always asking us what our favorite cupcake flavors are. I had a really hard time coming up with a favorite. Of course, I love chocolate like everyone else, but I'm also a big fan of fruity cupcakes. I managed to narrow down my favorites to three:
1) Peanut Butter and Jelly
This one is my all time favorite!! When we were experimenting with the chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes, Treese had the idea to fill a few of them with jam. She put raspberry preserves in a piping bag and squeezed a little into the center of each cupcake. Then she covered the whole with our creamy peanut butter frosting. It was UH-mazing! I think I ate three of them.
We haven't tried making these ourselves yet, but Babycakes in Hillcrest makeseen hooked ever since! The pink frosting was a little tart and provided the perfect contrast to the sweet pommy cake. It was also topped with a cute little pomegranate gummy.
3) Irish Car Bomb
They're cupcakes with alcohol in them! What's not to like? These little Irish cuppies were really popular around St Patrick's Day. The cupcakes are made with Guinness Beer and the frosting is infused with Bailey's Irish cream. They're magically delicious!! (*snort*giggle*)
There are also a ton of different cupcake recipes that we are dying to try out. Treese's son Joe will eat anything with bacon on it so we've been meaning try out some maple bacon cupcakes. He also likes steak but I don't think we'll be able to find a way to integrate that into a cupcake. Yuck...meatcake. Ever since Justin's nieces started selling Girl Scout cookies, I've been craving some Thin Mint cupcakes. I've also seen recipes for Samoa cupcakes. I love the cookies but they are a little too sweet for me! And last but not least, I am determined to make some Elvis cupcakes (peanut butter, banana and sometimes bacon!)
We asked our awesome Facebook fans what their favorite flavors were. Here's what they said:
Raspberry Lemonade – Suzie M
Rootbeer Float – Denise P
Peanut Butter – Junvi O
Banana, Red Velvet and Carrot Cake – Heather B
Carrot Cake – Savy H
Red Velvet and Chocolate – Chie S
Yellow Cake and Chocolate – Lani I
Red Velvet, Vanilla and Carrot Cake – Janice D
Chocolate - Monica Z
Thanks for sharing your favorite flavors with us ladies!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Ordered By: The Martinez Family
Occasion: Des' 1st Birthday
Flavor(s): Vanilla Bean with Red Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate with Yellow Peanut Butter Frosting
Theme: Mickey Mouse
Then Des' mom sent me this adorable invitation that they made for the party:How cute is that? The colors and shapes reminded me of a little solar powered bobblehead Mickey figurine that my brother bought the last time we went to Disneyland. Does anyone else have one of these? They are so much fun to stare at. I'm not even going admit how many long I've spent watching their little heads bob from side to side. Let's just say it's a lot.
I decided to use bobblehead Mickey as the inspiration for our cupcakes. Here is the original sketch:
If you look at the original sketch, our Mickey originally had little feet. We tried it out but for some reason they looked odd so we decided to make him feetless. We didn't have time to make Minnie Mouse, but we did manage to make Mickey's best friend and arch enemy Donald Duck.
and his ears
We also made a few mini's
And of course we had to make a special cupcake for the birthday boy!
Happy First Birthday Des!!
Until Next Time!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Welcome to Whisk Upon A Star Sweets! As you can probably tell, we are head over heels in love with cupcakes - so we thought we would start our own site to pay homage to our favorite frosting covered treat. We'll be using this blog to swap recipes, post pictures and share a few baking/decorating tips and tricks that we've picked up a long the way.
We also want up this blog to showcase your sugary creations as well! If you'd like to share some pictures of your cupcakes, feel free to send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
~Deanna and Teresa
Whisk Upon A Star