Eats of Eden: Apples to oranges

Surprise! There’s a cupcake in my orange peel. I relish the contrary. Maybe it’s the Gemini in me. I strive to be unpredictable and to challenge and expand what I know. When the November IronCupcake:Earth Apple Challenge was announced, I put on my thinking helmet to come up with a way to turn baking with […]

East meets West meets Erin

The Biscevic Turkish House, built in 1635, overlooks the Neretva River in Mostar. The Franciscan Church’s spire, the tallest in Mostar, stands across the river. When I was on vacation in September, I visited Mostar, a city in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It has become one of my most memorable travel experiences. Light streams through the windows of […]

Eats of Eden: Smothered and covered

Apples are piled high with butter, brown sugar, and spices. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love food. And, honest to goodness, I am not a food snob. Yes, I appreciate a gourmet meal. My recent anniversary dinner at Restaurant Muramoto was a four-course culinary adventure; I had potatoes I can’t even explain. But I […]

Eats of Eden: Now with less butter

Chop, chop. Hi, guys. I’ve decided to give you a recipe with less butter! See, I do care about your cholesterol. I try to keep things around here balanced, and I noticed a proliferation of sweet treats. Well, it’s time to eat our vegetables. And fruit. Together. All at once. In one happy, white jumble. […]

We’re No. 3!

Ziggy Cupcake and the Sprinkles from Mars received 76 votes in the IronCupcake:Earth Music Challenge, which was good enough for third place out of 49 entries! Yay! Pretty darn good for my first time, eh? Thank you so much for your votes. I am honored that you took time to support me and my baking […]

Have you voted?

Have you voted for Ziggy Cupcake yet? Please scoot over to Nobody Puts Cupcake in a Corner and vote for me. The poll is on the right; you’ll be checking a box for Sie Macht. Right now I have 5 percent of the votes! Wahoo! Thanks for your votes, guys. You rock. Voting ends at […]

Ziggy Cupcake and the Sprinkles from Mars

The most glamorous cupcake in the world: Ziggy Cupcake and the Sprinkles from Mars. As I mentioned in a previous post, the theme of this edition of IronCupcake:Earth is music. (IC:E is trying to get attention from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”) My sweet contest cupcake has a smutty side, a glamorous, androgynous, hedonistic streak. Meet […]

Cupcake tease

Voting starts tomorrow at 8 p.m. for the IronCupcake:Earth Music Challenge. Check back for a full post and a link to voting. I’m so excited to share my creation! Enjoy this video as a sneak preview. (Just remember: no pants, no mistakes.) I can’t get over how good he sounds live!

Eats of Eden: Rich and French

La Tarte Tatin, fresh from the oven. There’s a meditative quality to peeling and slicing apples. The straight peeler blade leaves flat paths over the curved surface. I’m like a gem cutter, teasing out facets. I create edges where there were none before. Despite blogging about Julia Child’s tarte tatin, my expectation for the dessert […]

Cupcake throwdown!

Just a sneak peak for now of my IronCupcake:Earth Music Challenge cuppy! Friends, I am an official IronCupcake:Earth baker! (And you’re like, “Huh?”) I even have an IC:E badge for Sie macht! (It’s on the right. Oh so official.) IronCupcake:Earth is a monthly themed baking contest, and this month, the theme is music. We want […]

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