Daily Culinary Quote: “If a post-workout cupcake is wrong, I don’t want to be right”

“And don’t tell the rest of the hardcore power lifters, but the fact that my gym is right next door to Sweet Vengeance, a bakery specializing in fucked-up sounding cupcakes that are insanely delicious, isn’t something I’m going to complain about—not like the rest of the babies bitching about sugar going to their guts and concealing their cuts. Cuts are all well and good, and I like my gut on the flatter side, but if a post-workout cupcake is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”

~ Lili Valente (“Spectacular Rascal” 2016)

2011 Cake Show: Teen Division

Teen (13 – 17 years)

Each teen must bake, ice and decorate their own entry. Open to all styles.

* As with most of the divisions and categories, I didn’t photograph every entry. These are ones I liked or that caught my eye for some reason.

Teen Special Occasion/Novelty One Tier: Any non-tiered cake with a theme such a Birthday, Holiday, Wedding, etc. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.
Ladies Summer Hat

1st Place
Title: Ladies Summer Hat
by Tyler Gary
I didn’t get a very good photo of this cake. I did have one lady stop me to go on and on about what a wonderful looking cake it was. While I personally thought it was a rather simple cake, I agree that the rose is absolutely amazing. It’s definitely better than anything I can do.
Palette Painting

2nd Place
Title: Palette Painting
by Zoe Ortiz
Spring Time

3rd Place
Title: Spring Time
by Jasmine Davis
Polar Padre Island

Title: Polar Padre Island
by Lisa Banks
Happy First Birthday

Title: Happy First Birthday
by Cristina Marshall
Teen Sculpted Cakes: Shaped or carved cakes, 2-D or 3-D cakes and sculptures. Entries must be real cake. Minimal use of Styrofoam allowed to complete entry. Any sugar mediums may be used. Must submit 3 in-progress pictures with NO identification as to the entrant.
Guitar Hero

1st Place
Title: Guitar Hero
by Raeanna Sprague
Violin Practice

2nd Place
Title: Violin Practice
by Patrick Pankey
Cell Phone

3rd Place
Title: Call me, text me
by Keilee McClendon
Cupcakes are a Girl's Best Friend

Title: Cupcakes are a Girl’s Best Friend
by Kelsey Drew
Teen Special Occasion/Novelty Tiered Cakes: Cakes with two or more tiers. Can be stacked or tiered. Novelty/ special occasion cakes does not include wedding or anniversary cakes. Any sugar mediums or techniques may be used.
Sesame Street Birthday

1st Place
Title: Sesame Street Birthday
by Carlos Villarreal
Cat in the Hat

2nd Place
Title: Cat in the Hat
by Alyssa Ortiz
I love this cake… but then again, I’m partial to the colorflow technique.
Princess and the Pea

3rd Place
Title: Princess & the Pea
by Samantha Shamard
Check out the expression on her face.
Justice League

Title: Justice League
by Katilyn Ashleigh Reid
The first of many cakes that had Wonder Woman on it.
Baby Shower

Title: Baby Shower
by Derricka Perry
Teen Wedding Tiered Cakes: Cakes with two or more tiers decorated specifically for weddings or anniversaries. Any techniques or sugar mediums may be used.
15-Classic Yellow and Blue Wedding Cake

1st Place
Title: Classic Yellow and Blue Wedding Cake
by Tyler Gary
The roses are incredible and the extension work is thin, straight, and clean. Remember, this is a teen entry and it’s better than some of the Culinary Student and Beginner entries.

Halloween 2010 Cupcakes

Here are the naked cupcakes:

Soon to be Halloween cupcakes

…and here are the finished cupcake designs for this year:

Halloween Cupcakes 2010

This is the last year of the eyeball. I lost the tip I used last year and my local supplier was out, so the eyelids are wonky. Besides, the gummy eyes are really disgusting to eat. Who came up with the idea for an unidentifiable fruit flavor for eyeballs anyway?

The flavors for 2010 are carrot cake (skulls), chocolate cake (wolfmen), yellow cake with wine (eyes), and marbled cake (mummy).

Iron Man Cupcakes

Our birthday boy’s real birthday is early next month, but we celebrated today instead since two of our Sunday brunch families (including us) won’t be there for it. Last year, he wanted Thomas the Train, now it’s Iron Man. It’s so cool that he’s getting to the age where we both have the same interests… not sure what that says about me; however it does means his parents are doing a great job of raising another geeklet.

Iron Man Cupcakes

I think I’m beginning to prefer decorating cupcakes over decorating cakes, probably because it’s the closest I can get to making plated desserts these days (yes, I’d be happier in a restaurant than in a bakery, but fewer and fewer restaurants have their own pastry chef anymore).

Iron Man Cupcakes - detail

The helmets and power cells are fondant and everything else is buttercream over chocolate cupcakes.

The Birthday Boy

He was happy, so it was another success!

New Weapon Technology – tasty, tasty technology

It’s a “steam-punk style pneumatic cupcake cannon” that showed up at a Johnny Cupcakes Suitcase Tour stop in Portland. I don’t think that there’s really anything else I can say to add to this awesomeness – so watch the video.

And if my family ever wonders about what to get me for my birthday or Christmas, think cupcake cannon (or maybe a Johnny Cupcakes gift card).

Oh wow, I need to create a new category for this.