Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

Sheesh, this is my third post for the day. I’m on fire! Or maybe I’m just bored. At least I’m being productive. In addition to the chocolate covered strawberries, I wanted to make cupcakes for the kids and what better way to make a V-Day cupcake than to make red velvet cupcakes? While I was at Safeway I saw a box of Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix I’d never seen before that included frosting. Even though the frosting looked pretty terrible on the box, I thought I’d give it a try. They had me at “decadent.” Plus, it comes with a pastry bag, that’s cool stuff! Since I was making decadent cupcakes, I figured I should use snazzy cups, so I used some of my leftover gold cupcake cups. And since I still have guilty feelings over staining my cousin Jenn’s cupcake pan with gold foil, I double lined the pan with a plain cup and the gold cup inside. After baking, I simply peeled the plain one off. This box only makes 12 cupcakes, but that was fine by me. Everything was going well until it came time to make the frosting. It only calls for half a stick of butter and 4 teaspoons of water, mixed gradually with the dry packet of frosting. So of course, it didn’t make much frosting. In addition, it tasted way too sugary. And then, get this, the box says to use 1 tablespoon of frosting per cupcake. What is this, 1989? Plus, look at that cupcake on the front of the box. That ain’t a tablespoon! In addition, the amount of frosting...

Thanksgiving Prep – Day 2

Ugh, I’m already falling behind! I made the cranberry sauce last night according to schedule but that was seriously so easy I think my six year old could have done it. I stayed up until 1 am doing the dough for the cinnamon rolls and this morning rolled and baked two test batches. The rolls were woefully undercooked in the first batch and the second one that I left in the oven longer was better, but still undercooked. I also put way too much sugar. It’s a good thing I’m doing test batches! I took the second batch to work and it all went, so at least people liked them. I haven’t yet rolled the rest of the dough and frozen the rolls. Tonight I successfully made the pumpkin soup, but have only gotten around to doing the cheesecake crust and I think I’m done for the night. Hopefully I can make up for lost time...

Candy Corn Mochi

I’ve been home with a tummy ache all Halloween, but while lying around bored, I came up with an idea for dessert tonight, candy corn mochi!! I’d made tri-color mochi before and it’s typically made during Christmas with pink, green, and white colors. This time, all I did was color the mochi orange and yellow instead of green and pink. It was rather time consuming as you have to bake each layer one at a time, but I’m very happy with the results. Here’s a close up photo. It’s yum! I used an old recipe from my Maui...

4th of July Party Food

When we bought the big water slide for Baby Girl’s birthday party, we knew it meant using it at least one more time for it to be worth the purchase price. We decided to use 4th of July as an excuse for a big water slide party again and in the end, we had 13 kids running around our yard squealing and sliding and flinging water balloons. I made hot dogs, fried burgers, and made three different types of Independence Day food! First up, Independence Day spam musubis, which is something I made a couple years ago when we went to see fireworks at Ala Moana. I made them again this year, but this time used Neon Blue food coloring and added a lot more so I got a great bright blue. Next up, I had some Patriotic Strawberries, which I’d seen on Food Gawker the other week. It was sooo cute and so simple. All I did was wash the strawberries a few hours ahead of time so that they had enough time to dry, then melted white wafers, dipped them, and sprinkled them with blue crystals. I had these cupcakes in the freezer unfrosted and when two parents dropped off their kids with store bought cupcakes, I figured that was enough. Apparently I totally underestimated how many cupcakes children can eat when adults are too busy setting up food, watching a water slide, and trying to eat at the same time. I suspect the kids went crazy and just kept going back for more. Eventually, there was only one left and one of the neighborhood kids looks...

Making Domokun Cake Pops

By now anyone who is a friend of mine on Facebook is probably aware that I’m one of those slightly crazy people that have an abnormal attraction to all things Domokun. I have lots of Domo Qees. I own several Domo shirts. I bought Domo shirts for both my kids. I even have some on my keychain. I play Planet Domo on Facebook and have gotten Buddy totally addicted to it too. So with that in mind, I have wanted to do Domokun Cake Pops for a really, really long time. The only thing holding me back was my fear of melting chocolate. Seriously, it scares the crap out of me due to a long history of chocolate melting nightmares, a couple of which are from making… cake pops. I only ended up with three decent ones, but I blame this on my chocolate skills again. I’ve learned a lot and I thought I should post this anyway for people who want to take what I did and try to improve on it. Supplies to buy:  1 box cake mix (I’ve realized, when those things are only sale for $1 each, buy a ton!) 1 bag milk chocolate chips (the wafers pictured sucked) lollipop sticks Yan Yan white fondant red fondant Edible Sugar Pearls Black 4mm styrofoam block bubble tea straw Bakerella says to mix the baked cake with a jar of ready made cream cheese frosting, but that stuff tastes disgustingly sweet and imo ruins the taste of the cake pop. Make your own cream cheese frosting and try some after you make it. Trust me, you’ll want...

Making the Little Endless Cake

It feels like lately all I’ve been doing is “Making” posts, but ultimately, I think you guys enjoy them and opportunities keep coming up for me to do a huge project and then post about it so I just have to go with the flow of my projects. I have quite a few reviews pending and more recipe posts, but once I finish a massive cake project, I have motivation to get the photos out there so that I can share my latest work. The latest is Sandman! This cake was done for my dear hubby’s birthday. It’s not the first cake I’ve made for him, but it’s definitely the first elaborate cake I’ve made and I took 5 days to make it this time. When we’d first met in college, he loaned me his beloved graphic novels called The Sandman. I loved it and that was one of the starts of our relationship. Years ago, I came across an incredibly adorable piece of artwork by Jill Thompson called ‘The Little Endless’. She has written two children’s books about the Little Endless so far and most recently, she published Delirium’s Party: A Little Endless Storybook. I bought this for Mr. Pikko to go along with the cake. Anyway, here’s my cake journey for my hubby’s Little Endless cake. I started off making Dream, as he looked the most difficult with his wild black hair. I rolled thin spiky rolls of black fondant and cut off tips with a toothpick. I rounded out a head for him and rubbed some black around his head for hair background, then began to...