My Cupcake Valentines’

February 15, 2009 at 8:28 AM | Posted in cupcakes, technology | 20 Comments
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I am such a turd.

Yes, I just said turd on a cupcake blog. T-U-R-D. Turd.

Do you ever put your foot in your mouth and then regret it?

My hubs picked me up from work on Friday and I was telling him about my CW’s husband delivering flowers to work for Valentines Day. Two dozen red roses. I admit I was jealous. I wanted flowers to flaunt around the office too. So I asked him why some men take the time to plan surprises, buy flowers, make reservations and other men (like my husband)… don’t. To be honest, I am not asking my husband to change. Just curious how some men are programmed to be more… uh… romantic?

He didn’t say much. Just kinda nodded and mumbled some incoherent words. If anything my hubs has learned that when I go on tirades that if he just keeps quiet, it will be over soon. I guess I was just in a tirade mood and it continued until we walked into the apt.

Guess what was on the dining table? Flowers and a little package.

I yelled “What is that? What the heck is that?” over and over again.

We had already bought our Valentines’ gift for each other. We decided to do a combined gift and splurged on a Wii + Wii fit last week so I wasn’t expecting him to do anything else. If I don’t request something, it doesn’t happen. His MO hasn’t changed in years.

But he just smiled mischievously.

Greatest Valentine’s gift ever. Pink sunflowers and cupcake iphone speakers.

♪♫ Britney is so much sweeter coming out of cupcake speakers. ♪♫

Its ok. You can call me a turd. I deserve it.

Even after 11 years of being together, my husband still keeps me on my toes.

He’s a keeper.

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The KA mixer blade showdown

April 18, 2008 at 1:40 PM | Posted in non-cupcake, technology | 13 Comments

I’ve been drooling over the SideSwipe Blade ever since it came on the market. Its been on many of my numerous wish lists over the last few months. Actually I am embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve drooled over the video demo on the website. There have been nothing but rave reviews from fellow cupcake-ers and bakers that own the sideswipe about its ability to scrape down the bowl clean. Ah music to my “no batter left behind” ears.

But hold the scrape?

Looks like there’s a new blade in town.

Introducing the Beater Blade! The idea is the same as the SideSwipe – an attachment that beats, scrapes and folds the ingredients efficiently for your mixer. But the Beater Blade promotes that they fit various different mixers: Kitchenaid (tilt and lift models), Cuisinart, Viking and Delonghi. As of right now they aren’t available for purchase until May 2008 through various internet vendors but check out the video demo to see the Beater Blade in action!

VS.

Which one beats the competition? Guess we’ll have to wait until May to find out. Stay tuned.

Blogger’s note: I have to say I am leaning towards the BeaterBlade b/c of the versatility but I’ll have the price comparison be my decision maker when it comes out in May.

EDIT: Just an FYI for IHC readers… I contacted BeaterBlade inquiring about a sneak peep on the price and Gary Fallowes, the inventor of the BeaterBlade, emailed me promptly to let me know that it will be $24.95 for the smaller blade (tilt head models), $29.95 for the 5 & 6 quart Bowl Lift KA models, and the Cuisinart/Viking/DeLonghi 7-quart is $40 because of the metal parts. (So far I am already impressed with the prompt response!)

Robotic cupcakes 2

March 27, 2008 at 10:26 AM | Posted in cupcakes, technology | 7 Comments

Ever since enrolling in the Wilton Cake Decorating class at my local Michaels 4 months ago, I have a more profound respect for cake decorators. There is so much creativity and skill that is involved. I am far from a professional level but I understand the intricacy of each piping movement to create any edible artwork. Not everyone can do it, it takes alot of time, practice and more skill than you might think.


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I know its not enough to hold my hand at the right angle and apply the correct amount of pressure to the piping bag. There is a steady fluid motion that you have to learn or what you pipe comes out looking more blog than bling. Any first time decorator will probably agree with me! Am I right? Heck even assembling the piping bag and filling with frosting isn’t as easy as it looks! I think the first time I did it I got more on my apron, my hair and the table than in the bag…

But those that can’t do it or don’t have time to learn, must pay for it. And thats where the technology can shoulder the cost burden in that respect.

I am all for technology so I am slightly torn on the matter. Its probably the science girl in me. I think its fascinating that humans are able to invent things that make our lives easier. Just think of all your kitchen gadgets – things that make steps easier so you can concentrate on the creative aspect. Come on… If you are like me…you have alot of them. (If you are like Nikki, you have EVERYTHING imaginable.)

When you make something faster, more efficient and therefore easily mass produced, it cuts the cost. I get that. I don’t have the money to buy a $3 cupcake or a $500 wedding cake everyday BUT I do understand why cake decorators charge that much and I don’t question it as wrong (even though I do think some “names” may be a little greedy in their mark up) because I know its not just the cake… its the time, imagination and love that they bring to each sugary detail on your custom cake. You won’t get that from a robot.

If you want a robotic cupcake, by all means, buy it. (I admit I’ve bought a six pack in a moment of cupcake weakness.) But if you want a custom cupcake for the robotic price… don’t make me laugh. You can’t compare.

Robotic cupcakes

March 24, 2008 at 2:48 PM | Posted in technology, youtube | 15 Comments

Whoa. Has it really been 5 days since my last update? I’ll try not to let that happen again. ;) Did you all miss me? (Come on… show me some love! Huh huh? Nikki? anyone? haha)

A couple weeks ago I got an email from an IHC reader that included the following youtube links asking for my feelings on the matter. They are short and contain no dialogue but they gave me a thoughtful revelation at the end… Where have all the cupcake decorators gone?


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Want to see more? Click here, here and here.

What do you think? Leave me a comment.

I’ll post my thoughts in a follow up entry…

Thanks Rebecca for sharing the youtube video links. Rock on with your bad cake decorating self!

Cupcakes by Iphone

January 16, 2008 at 1:49 PM | Posted in cupcakes, technology | 9 Comments

Just wanted to share a recent cupcake conversation I had with a good friend of mine. Its a perfect example of technology and baking in a mutualistic relationship. 

Nikki: Do u have a fave chocolate frosting. I’m making cuppys tonight and forgot to find a frosting recipe.
Sent from my iPhone

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CB: here’s 2 of them! don’t you wub me?? :)

CHOCOLATE FROSTING
6 tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powder sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk

Cream butter and vanilla with mixer on low/med speed. In separate bowl combine powder sugar and cocoa powder. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Slowly add milk until you reach desired consistency (may not use all of milk). Beat until creamy.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE
1 cup white or dark chocolate
3/4 cup whipping cream

Place chocolate in bowl. In saucepan bring whipping cream to boil over high heat. Pour hot whipping cream over chocolate and stir until choco melted.

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Nikki: You’re wonderful!!!!
Sent from my iPhone

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CB: I know ;)

I am not sure what is more funny… the fact that she used her iphone to email me for a cupcake frosting recipe or that she knew I’d be at my computer to get the email. LOL. Man, do my friends know me or what?

Hello, my  name is CB and I am an internet addict.

::crowd chants::  Hello CB.

Anyone else need to attend IA (internet’s anonymous) with me?

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