Archive for November, 2011

One Tough Cookie

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I made mustache gingerbread cookies in honor of the last day of Movember. I’m taking them in to work, but figured they needed some ninjabread men to be better prepared for the fight against cancer!

Mustaches Add a Touch of Class

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Here I am getting fitted for the tux used in last week’s “Liverace” benefit concert – check out the handsome ‘stache for Movember!

Remember, just like last year you can donate to me to help Microsoft beat Google in raising funds and awareness for men’s health!

These Keys Take the Cake

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Called ”Mr. Showmanship”, Liberace was well known for bringing a little glitz and glamor to the stage – complete with fancy chandeliers and candelabras atop his pianos.  We put together a benefit concert in the style of Liberace in Whitewater, WI last weekend, so I took the opportunity to use this fun little candelabra cake topper from Fred and Friends.  Mom helped me bake this two-layer, chocolate half sheet cake which we enjoyed after the show.

It was a Dark ‘N Stormy Night

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Last year’s Learn to Row group from Mount Baker Rowing invited our Team Crazypants crew to their annual Dark ‘N Stormy party.  This potluck centers around a tasty drink I had not heard of before, but immediately got me thinking about how I could turn this cocktail recipe into sugary cupcakes.  I improvised a batter from scratch based on a few I ideas I found online (see here and here), but the mixture included dark rum, lime juice, and some crystallized ginger (mmm).  I then added a little lime juice and [too much] dark rum to my butter cream frosting recipe, along with a dash of black food coloring.  I piped this out loosely to form clouds atop the cupcakes, and added a little lightning bolt of yellow molding chocolate I had piped out by hand.  These looked AWFUL with gray frosting but tasted delicious – a good way to keep more cupcakes to yourself!

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