New York city may be a place where people dress in all black, but they're definitely not rainbow-averse. It's proven in the regional specialty known as the Rainbow cookie. It's also known as an Italian flag cookie, but you know, I have made my decision on which one I like better. Learn how to make these cookies here.
Dear Sweet Readers,
This past weekend, I went to NYC for a visit with some old dear friends, and I brought Cuppie with me.
You'd be absolutely appalled by how few sweets I ate on my trip (it was whirlwind and I was focused on my buddies!), so instead of telling you everything I ate, I thought I'd share, here, some of Cuppie's favorite moments from our trip.
First, I took Cuppie to Washington Square Park. "When Harry Met Sally!" he exclaimed.
Then I took Cuppie to the original Magnolia Bakery. "A bit obvious, don't you think?" Cuppie scoffed, and insisted taking the picture across the street so he didn't look like "the dude who wore the band's t-shirt to the concert."
"You sound like a food blogger, Cuppie!" I replied.
We ambled on over for a walk on the High Line, but before, we stopped in on our friends Liddabit Sweets.
Then, we headed to Brooklyn. "The G train sucks!" said Cuppie, like a true New Yorker.
I showed Cuppie where I studied Illustration, at Pratt. "It's like going to my own personal Ellis Island!" he said.
We walked by Broken Angel, a special house near Pratt that fell on some hard times.
Then we headed back to Manhattan and finished it all out with a glance at the Empire State Building (pictured top). Lovely!
Well, Cuppie enjoyed his time in NYC and I hope you liked reading about it. Next up: an article about NY Crumb cake!
Feeling topsy-turvy? If you are what you eat, go with wonky...cake, that is! I've put together a collection of wonderful, whimsical, wonky cakes to keep you inspired to pursue awesome cake decorating projects. Here's the collection.
Ever heard of Humpty Dumpty's Off the Wall Toast? Or eggs in a basket? I call it egg in the hole toast. No matter what you like to call it, it's always a fun and inspired breakfast. Here's how to do it.
Here's an important question to which I would like an honest response. It is this:
Would you rather eat a macaroon-esque "white chocolate coconut cluster"...
or a unicorn pom-pom puff?
Hey, remember how I said I wanted an honest answer? I lied: I don't even need or want it. Because I've made the executive decision: the unicorn ones are better.
Basically, I dreamed up this confection thusly: upon pondering a simple use for the white chocolate cache I had at the time, I discovered an easy way of combining melted white chocolate with shredded coconut to form a super-sweet (and simple) confection. I like multipurpose treats, though, so I thought "well, how could I make these a lure for unicorns in addition to satisfying my sweet tooth?".
The answer was simple: add a little rainbow magic. By divvying up the mix and tinting portions in different colors before forming clusters, I ended up with fuzzy-cute treats that tasted like the Spirit Of Sugar had descended and was knocking right on my taste buds (that is to say--very sweet). I settled on the name "Unicorn Pom Pom Puffs" because, well, look at them.
If you don't love white chocolate or coconut, make them anyway. You might just catch a unicorn!
Unicorn Pom-Pom Puffs
- 2 cups lightly toasted coconut (very light color is important)
- 7 ounces white chocolate
- food coloring
- Melt the white chocolate. Remove from heat.
- Divide the chocolate into four separate bowls large enough to do some stirrin'.
- Tint each portion with the color desired (I used red, yellow, blue, and green) until it reaches the tone of your liking.
- Add 1/4 of the coconut to each bowl. Stir til combined.
- Gather a small lump of each color together, and clump them lightly so that they adhere. Place on a baking sheet as you finish them. Continue until you've used all of the mixtures.
- Let them set for an hour or more before eating for the best texture. Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container.
Taste the rainbow!
You want my secrets? HERE YOU GO. Good clean cupcake drawing fun. Um, but don't try to sell your cupcake artwork, because I have the trademark on this guy, ok?
I don't know about you, but I think about my birthday cake basically all year. This collection of awesome birthday cakes is fantastic fuel for the baking fire! Check it out here.
I'm sorry--have you been eating non-hovering desserts, like some gravity-following geek? Well, STOP IT! Enjoy a dessert that hovers magically by taking these easy steps. Here's the tutorial.