Friday, October 28, 2011

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Salted Caramel Cupcake. Dark rich chocolate cake filled with fleur de sel caramel. This is probably my favorite cupcake to eat. And the flavor I'll go for at any other cupcake shop. Yummmm.

Salted Caramel Cupcake topped with a nutella taiyaki. Taiyaki's just make everything better.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Making Mochi

I love mochi. I love the chewy goodness on froyo, around ice cream, in Filipino desserts, and in yummy Jamnese desserts. I also enjoy mochi in savory dishes like stir fry or wrapped in nori and sprinkled with furikake.

Anyhow, I was inspired to try and make my own mochi after a fun trip to Japantown with my love. There is a store there that has an array of mochi...Next time I'm there I'm definitely going to pick up a box of chocolate mochi - yum! Jon and I had lunch at this little kiosk that sold onigiri and tea. And while I was browsing I found a tray of Mochi! And it was from one of the best places around - Sheui-Do Manju Shop! I was so happy because theyre mochi is the best. It's the perfect size shape, texture. OH and they sell shave ice! Winner!

Little Wall of Mochi and My stash:

So. I decided to make some. And for instructions/ideas/support, I went to one of my fave blogs to read Just Jenn Recipes. She has a whole section on Mochi Recipes so check her out!

I decided to try out the PB&J Mochi. It's easy to make, just very messy and hot!

I made half pb&j and half nutella. yum! Here's most of the ingredients minus the sugar and water.

Before they're rolled into the ball shape:

Here's a nice round mochi =)

And here's a finished one!

Next, I want to make some fall inspired mochi - probably pumpkin and nutella - best combo ever!

Oh and this weekend, we're headed down to LA again to celebrate my birthday in Disneyland so I'm for sure going to make a stop at Mochilato for some yummy mochi gelato! Cant wait!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Red velvet Push Pop/Push Up Cakes

When I was a kid, I LOVED getting ice cream and candy from the Ice Cream truck. My favorites included: red sour belts, pelon pelon rico, and lucas powder. I didn't have a favorite ice cream because I always felt overwhelmed by all of the different varities shown by the pictures on the truck. I remember trying alot of those character popsicles with gumball eyes...they kept coming out with new characters!

And, I did love pushups...especialy with the Flinstones on the packaging! They did melt rather quickly though. Pushpops...I remember getting them too, but I didn't like them too much because whenever I would try to pus the lollipop up, my finger would get sticky! Yuck! haha

Anyhow, I found these awesome push up containers for cupcakes!
Cake. Frosting. More Cake. More Frosting. Sprinkles!! What a great idea. And they're fun to eat.

And, here's a picture of one of my favorite cupcakes to make and eat. Red velvet and cheesecake. Sweet, creamy, tart goodness. Yum-o!

Oh. One more...Had to include an instagram shot! =)

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Yo Gabba Gabba Cupcakes and DIY YGG party decorations

There's a party in my tummy, so yummy so yummy yummy! All of these cupcakes came to the party and my tummy was happy!

I made these little guys for my neice's 1st birthday! Happy birthday Alyssa! =)
They flavors were: oreo, red velvet and vanilla.

The BF was in charge of decorations and you know, it's not easy to find Yo Gabba party stuff. You either have to go online or...well thats all you can do. So, the BF and I got creatvie! We printed a whole bunch of stuff off of and went to town on eveything we could find at Party City. We made lanterns, streamers, and bucket table centerpieces. Heres a look at em:

Here's a few more looks at the cupcakes:

Toodees and Munos
Plexes and DJ Lance Rocks
Brobees and Foofas


And lastly, here's an awesome pic of me and the bf. I made the Muno shirt last year for my neice's birthday, and Jon felt left out so he made one too! =)
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Birthday Cake Remix Cupcakes

Whew, it's been a while bloggy-land! I've missed you! It's just been a real busy summer...camping, trips, know. :) Anyhow, here come a whole bunch of pics of what I've been up to in the kitchen. Check these out...

I call it the birthday cake remix cupcake! =) The day I made these I was REALLY craving ice cream...more specifically Cold Stone's Birthday Cake Remix. But I couldn't go. So, I decided to make my version of it! 

It's a vanilla-almond cake with sprinkles (of course!), filled with ganache and topped with cake batter cream cheese frosting, and topped with more chocolate and sprinkles. Everything is better with sprinkles! It was delicious. Next time I make them, I'll be sure to grab a pint of the ice cream from Cold Stone...OR you can bring me some for my IS in a week! :D 

And last, here is Kiana who is showing you how to eat one of Auntie Treen's cupcakes! =) 

Thanks for reading! 



Friday, July 15, 2011

Share Our Strength Bake Sale - Cupcakes For a Cause

Hey All!

Wow this week, actually few weeks have been SO busy. This past week has been especially busy. It was my neice's 3rd birthday AND my bake sale at my church All Saints.

Let me just tell you, planning a bake sale is much harder than it sounds. Looking back there was so much I should've started earlier and done to spread the word, but hey, I wrote everything down and created checklists and protocols for next year lol.

Anyhow one of the biggest challenges was making sure we had enough product to sell! I hadn't heard many folks saying that they would donate so naturally I was worried. Thus I asked my family to bake bake bake! And I did the same:

In total I made two bundt cakes, one medium cupcake cake, one small cupcake cake, coffee cupcakes, my funfetti cupcakes, ice cream cone cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes, and two batches of muffins. Wow right!? Yep. While I was baking away, my dad and Jon were busy at my parents house.

They made not one, but TWO awesome cake stands for me! =) They are sturdy, collapsable, and basically pretty awesome. Oh AND they hold cake pops! Here is a pic of one of'll see them in the pictures below =)

Anyhow bake to the struggles of my planning lol. Well that was actually the only problem. hehe. I am very lucky to have such a supportive team behind me, helping in every way possible. Thanks to Chuck and the RCIA group for really making this happen and to my parents and Jon for helping oversee the whole thing. Annnd thanks to my family, who came maybe to just buy goodies but got sucked into helping staff ;) hehe. Thanks to all the bakers who donated all of the delicious treats and lastly, thanks to everyone who came out and purchased goodies and donated food for the Alameda County Community Food Bank!!! =)

Oh and, we had so many goods left over, we came back to church to sell goods at the 7pm evening mass and good thing we did because we finished off almost everything. What little was left over was donated to a local shelter.

All of our hard work paid off because we raised $1,475!!!!! AMAZING!! =)
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you everyone! =) I can't say it enough. Thus, I'm going to share pictures. A whole bunch of pictures:

My friend/MTF Alum/fellow baker April:

Jerilyn dropping off beautiful cupcakes:

Staffing the tables =)

Auntie Rach and Rayna staffing the table on the other side of the church - they were troopers sitting under the sun! =)

Love this picture of my mom and jon because it reminds me of cupcake wars! =)

Another one of my favorite shots =)

Friends and family who stopped by =)

Rayna and Jassy enjoying treats in the sun

THANK YOU AGAIN everyone! =) This post has sooo many pictures and I just noticed how many smiley's it has but its accurate to how I feel. hehe. Alright, good night blogger-land =)



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tangled Cupcakes - Happy Birthday Jassy

So if you havent seen Tangled yet, you must. It's soooo adorable and has that (kinda) classic Disney feel. My neice Jassy's theme was Tangled so after a little google-ing my sister and I came up with this:

Rapunzel's tower, and cupcake version replica's and the many faces of pascal. Oh and isn't the stand awesome? My dad and BF worked on it that AM =) It has 5 tiers and is collapsable, and holds cake pops! Most awesome cake stand ever!

Anyhow, Bakerella has this awesome step-by-step tutorial on how to create Rapunzel's tower here. Here is a closer look.

I always love having little helpers, here is my neice Mimi decorating, and a picture of my homemade funfetti cupcakes:

And lastly, here is a picture of the birthday girl, Jassy (and my dad)! =) Happy Birthday little princess!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

All Saints Bake Sale 2011

Hi Everyone!

Have you ever checked out my blog and wished you could just grab a cupcake right off the screen? Well if you said yes, please read on to learn about how you can feed you sweet tooth while helping aid chidhood hunger in America.

Share our Strenghth is a national organization that is dedicated to help end childhood hunger by 2015. They work with a network of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children who are struggling with hunger and surround them with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.

Do you know?

  • More than 50 million Americans struggle to put food on the table

  • More than 17 million of those affected are children? - That's 1 in 4 kids in America

  • 19 million kids recieve free or reduced lunch, and only 9.4 million get free or reduced breakfast

  • Children who struggle with hunger are sick more often, recover more slowly and are more likely to be hospitalized.

  • Children who face hunger are more susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences as children and as adults.

  • Lack of enough nutritious food impairs a child's ability to concentrate and perform well in school.

  • Teens who regulary do not get enough to eat are more likey to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids.
These are just a few alarming facts, so please be sure to check out Share our Strength for more information, ways to help support their efforts.

Last year was my first year organizing and setting up a bake sale, and I could not have done it without the support of my church, All Saints. Last year we raised over $1000 which was a great success! We had a huge variety of baked goods - there was something for everyone! You can read and see pics from last year here. This year I've set our goal at $1500! I know we can reach this with all of your support!

Funds raised by the bake sale will help accomlish the following:

  • Enroll more eligible kids in school breakfast, after-school snacks and meals, and their families in SNAP (Food Stamps)

  • Bring community gardens and farmers markets to low-income neighborhoods.

  • Bring affordable, fresh fruits and veggies to urban corner stores.

  • Teach at-risk families how to plan, shop for, and prepare healthy low-cost meals at home.

  • Help local food pantries, food banks, and soup kitchens meet the pressing demand for more nutritious food.

  • Increase awareness and understanding of childhood hunger and solutions to it.
So please please come out on July 10th from 7am-2pm at All Saints Church in Hayward to pick up some baked treats! We will also be collecting non perishable food items to be donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

If you are interested in baking, please contact me at

Thanks for reading!