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!

Let Them Eat Wake

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I started rowing this summer, and my group “Team Crazypants” had our very first race today!  My sister designed some awesome shirts for us and we had a blast rowing around Lake Union in the Tail of the Lake.  After re-rigging the boats back at the boathouse, we all celebrated over some cake.  I used a biscotti and Teddy Grahams to represent our opponents who are being tipped over by our wake!

When Life Gives you Lemons, Make Cupcakes!

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This 4th of July I made berry cupcakes based on Martha Stewart’s recipe.  I topped them off with fresh strawberry slices.  These reminded me of simple blueberry muffins, but with a creamy marshmallow-like frosting.

I also wanted to capture the statue of liberty in cupcake form, which lead to making lemon meringue cupcakes from scratch to resemble the torch.  I loosely based these on another Martha Stewart recipe, though I modified it slightly based on some other tasty looking recipes I found.  The cupcakes were filled with lemon curd, topped with a swirl of delicious meringue, then toasted lightly with my new kitchen toy.  I wrapped them in a paper crown decoration; although they looked a little cheesy, they tasted amazing!

Honestly, though, I just made these cupcakes to have an excuse to use another Bed Bath and Beyond 20% off coupon on a torch!

The [German Chocolate] Cake is a Lie!

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Today is Frank’s last day with the company… a bummer for all of us here in Seattle, but an excuse to do more baking!

We’ll all be getting together later today to celebrate and wish him farewell with a proper German themed send-off: German beers (for the German who hates beer), German Chocolate Cake (which actually isn’t of German origin), and pretzels (unfortunately, not the kind you’d get in Germany).

The cake took a while to make following a recipe online, but from the scraps I tasted it should be pretty good!