New Post: Bubbly (Champagne Firework Cupcakes)

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What do you think of when your hear “Independence Day” or “July 4th?” Most people I know probably think “America,” “Patriotism,” “Red, White, & Blue,” and a whole host of people related to the day of July 4, 1776 (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, etc.). Then we’ve got the barbecues and the cook-outs; what’s a Fourth of July without them?

Oh, but please, don’t forget what rounds out the end of the day: fireworks.

I made these cupcakes about a week ago, but the name for these cupcakes hit me today–a great coincidence. I wanted to try something different with my cupcakes, and I instantly remembered the champagne cupcakes my friend used to make for special occasions.

Champagne cupcakes? Yeah, that’s different, that’s special. However, I wanted something more…

Champagne cupcakes with Pop Rocks? Now we’ve got something to talk about.

Originally used to replicate the bubbly sensation of the champagne that is lost after baking the alcohol off, the pop rocks atop the delicate, barely sweet, fluffy cake and the sweet and smooth champagne buttercream create a sensation of which you’ve never had in a cupcake.

I like to be modest, but boy, was this a good idea :P.

So while you’re settling down from you BBQ today and watching the night sky, have one of these refreshing and fun cupcakes–the fireworks in your mouth will be a perfect complement to the fireworks above!

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Fudge, The Intern (Part VIII): Fudge, The Baker?

Today, I went out with a bang. Well, a bang without the sound effects. Or perhaps an explosion of powder is more apt.

Everything was going fine. However, a customer ordered 50 cupcakes–cleaned out the whole front of the bakery–so the whole kitchen was in cupcake construction mode and I was put in charge of making buttercream. I had made two batches yesterday and had already made two batches today that were perfect–perfect consistency, perfect flavor (this is my opinion, although L said they were excellent! :P).

I thought I had got the formula down. Butter, low speed, high speed. Powdered sugar, low speed, high speed. Flavoring, low speed, high speed, high speed. Simple enough, no? Well, when I got to the powdered sugar stage on my third batch, my brain said, “Who needs low speed? Pssh…let’s kick it into high gear.”

White. Powder. Clouds of white powder filled the air and covered my face and my jeans and I realized that, no, it isn’t simple enough.

Psychedelic, man...

What ensued was as scramble to clean and laughs from the whole bakery and from myself ridiculing my slight. “Eh, it had to happen once!” I said. “It happens to everybody,” G said, “and it happened to me twice!” At that moment, I knew I was in the right place. Sadly, Fudge the Intern is no longer, but…

Fudge The Baker is now in talks of employment in the bakery!

😀

As I said, I knew I was in the right place–I will thankfully continue to be for the next few months before I’m off the Blg Apple.

Moose? Mooses? Oh, right, Meese.

P.S.: Today’s pictures–aside from the Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes are all funny goods or oddities I took photos of today. Thought I’d keep it lighthearted instead of the sentimental post I had planned!