Posts Tagged ‘cupcake’

I.C.E.S Convention what a treat!

August 4, 2009

Just got back from the International Cake Exploration Societe (I.C.E.S.) convention. So many amazing sugar artisits were there.

 I could drop names, like Kerry Vincent, Bronwyn Weber, Nicholas Lodge, Zane Beg, Earlene Moore, Norm Davis, Margaret Ford, Laura Ragano, Rebecca Sutterby, and Autumn Carpenter, but they would be just the start of a very long list of extremley talented sugar artists that attended.    

Every year we have 4 days filled with not only cake information, but everthing you could imagine in the world of “Sugar Art”. Some of the demostrations and classes available were, Air Brushing, Chocolate, Edible Gems, Draping and Stringwork, Edible Photo Printing, Pulled Sugar, Gelatin, Cookies, Fondant, Gumpaste and on and on….

If you wanted to see some breath taking sugar art the “Cake Gallery” was the place to be. I understand there were over 700 displays.

I did have a display which took hours
 to create and was so much fun.

 " A Sweet Life" at I.C.E.S. convetion

  

“It’s a Sweet Life” was a world I created where candy apples and orange slices grew right on trees. A root beer falls empties into a barrel of ice cream, strawberrires grow already dipped in chocolate, and a chocolate rock wall is ready to climb.

Cupcake House

Cupcake House

Licorice swing!

Licorice swing!

Chocolate Rock Wall

Chocolate Rock Wall

Candy Apple Tree

Candy Apple Tree

Full View Candy Apple Tree

Full View Candy Apple Tree

Root Beer Falls

Root Beer Falls

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Full View of Orange Slice Tree

Full View of Orange Slice Tree

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We Won! Thanks Scoopalicious & Cupcake Project!

July 3, 2009

Winners Announced for the Cupcake Project/Scoopalicious Ice Cream Cupcake Roundup 2009!

See what was written—-

Editor’s Choice – Scoopalicious

Selecting Editor’s Choice was no easy feat. We wanted to choose them all. In fact, after seeing ALL the amazing entries, Stef, Tina and I even suggested getting rid of Editor’s Choice and only having Reader’s Choice. We knew we couldn’t actually get rid of the Editor’s Choice since it was part of the roundup, but we really all had a very hard time. In the end we selected Chocolate Raspberry Baby Cupcakes from Inspired Creations.

There was much to love about these cupcakes. First of all, the size was unique…it seemed to me they would be neater to eat than your average ice cream cupcake. (Though in all honesty, isn’t part of the fun of eating sweets is that it is ok to be messy?!) Also, the size allowed for one to eat more without feeling as guilty…I know, I know, it’s all relative. Best of all, you get all flavors in one bite without fail. What’s nice about this is that it is the perfect number of flavors combined, so the combo, while rich, is just right. I also imagine that the mini-ness of the cupcakes allows for the fresh berry not to get lost among the richness, creating a nice balance of flavor.

The flavor combo itself was just wonderful. Chocolate and raspberry is a match made in heaven. The combo is also reminiscent of a childhood favorite of both of us: black raspberry ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. This is kind of the “grown up” version.

Though the ice cream was not homemade, I didn’t have a problem with this, especially since it was local and looked wonderful piled high in those containers.I like the fairly simpleness of this recipe, so that we can make it at home. I also think the recipe would allow for nice variations…as I sit here getting sick by overdosing on fresh cherries, I picture a cherry-vary…On that note, the presentation was good, and I loved the step-by-step writing so we can all make them at home. A recipe is not as fun or enticing without pictures (even though I am horrible at remembering to take pictures along the way) so that was an added bonus, and to me especially, quite impressive!

I could go on and on, but honestly, I am pratically jumping off my chair to go make them as I write this.

Chocolate/ Raspberry Baby Cupcakes

Chocolate/ Raspberry Baby Cupcakes