Friday, May 31, 2013
I lose count of how many times I have told people how much I love Jessie Oleson Moore. We first met at her former art gallery and shop in Seattle few years ago; and I could say that, she is ONE OF THE KINDEST PERSONS on earth! I have been a devoted fans of her blog, CakeSpy ever since then.
Couple years ago, Jessie Oleson Moore wrote this most amazing and creative recipe book: CakeSpy Presents: Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life. I bought it and have been loving the book; the recipes in the book is so easy to follow and extremely innovative. The ultimate success of her first book was leading her to prepare the second book, the Secret Lives of Baked Goods. I have not bought this new book yet, but definitely put it on my TO-DO list. Here is a sweet chat between Jessie and I about her new book and some of her future new projects:
1) Your first book was such a great hit. Did it give you any pressure of preparing your second book?
Interestingly, my first book didn't figure much into the experience of the second. I think this is probably because they are SO different. I did feel more insecure at points about my writing, though, because the first book had just headnotes and the second actually required paragraph structure and storytelling rather than just telling about the recipes. It was almost like writing another first book!
2) Tell me and our readers a little bits about your new book and how did you come up with the idea of the theme?
I've always thought that foods taste better with a backstory. You know, grandma saying that she won grandpa over with her apple pie, or something like that. I thought that by choosing the stories behind well-known baked goods that are accessible to everyone would be a fun and engaging theme--especially for those who, like me, can read cookbooks as if they are novels!
3) Do you have any book tour/book signing in California? If yes, when and where?
I was in San Francisco last month, at Omnivore Books and Book Passage, respectively. Though it's not specifically a book event, I will be at the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles this summer and will be selling books at the event.
4) It looks like you travel quite a lot for your passion and work, is there one place in the world you desperately want to check out? And why?
If I could make myself a traveling machine that transported me free of cost to anyplace, I'd choose Vienna--I think of it as a pastry Mecca.
5) Do you think the doughnut trend will overtake the cupcake craze?
These things come in cycles. Yes, more doughnut shops are opening and it makes for good press and a new "it" baked good (fried good?) but really it amounts to the same thing: sugar is tasty and we want it. Same thing, different delivery method. But am I eating more doughnuts as of late? Heck yes.
6) Do you have new projects coming up?
I am working on a pitch for my third book right now!
7) Do you have any artists (could be a chef, pastry chef, writer, illustionist, fashion designer, etc) you want to pair up with to create something amazing?
If I could conjure up a dream team of people to work with RIGHT THIS INSTANT, it would be: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, They Might Be Giants, Stanley Tucci, and Dorie Greenspan. Why Stanley Tucci? Why not?
8) Any new sweet artworks you would like to share with us?
Did you know that I did all of the illustrations in my new book? It's rather a different style for me and I'm quite proud! Here are some examples in my book:
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Couple months ago, I made these cute mini cupcakes for my customer. I made some pink and purple birds and flowers to match the invitation of the baby shower. They were the cuttest thing to eat, and everyone loved them (according to my customer).
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
New York Eats reports that a new father, Chris Holmes from the U.K., who works as an immigration officer for Border Force at Stansted Airport has turned in a very unquie "resignation letter" to his boss, aka a "cake letter". The father of a new born son said, "Having recently become a father I now realise how precious life is and how important it is to spend my time doing something that makes me and other people happy,"
So are you curious what the flavor of the "resignation letter" is? A carrot cake made with coconut, pecans and grapes and frosted in orange buttercream, what a great way to say good bye!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Each year I try to do something different for my birthday, of course, this year was no expection. I wanted to do a mystery murderer themed party for my birthday for a long time. This year, I was able to make it with help from my friends and family, I was one happy birthday girl!
My friend had a mystery murderer party few years ago for her birthday. She kept most of the materials and I borrowed the materials from her. She and her husband were helping me to plan the party since they had experience of what we should do.
For decoration, I had started thinking of how to decorating my party about a month before the party. I set few themed colors first (red, black, gold and white). And work around with those colors and added little details to match the 1940s theme. Luckily, the themed colors at my house are red and little black, so I could easily reuse some of the decoration stuffs and frames from home and repurposed them. We also created a photo booth and some photo props for pictures. Everyone had a great time of taking pictures of the photo props I made.
For desserts, I made few different desserts for the party, including donut holes and smore bites and of course cupcakes. They were so yummy and great for us to walk around to communicate with other characters to find out who the murderer was. I also made some little tags for each desserts, so people know what they were eating.
For food and drinks, we order Italian food from a local Italian restaurant. Their price was very reasonable and food was great. We also sticked with wines and old fashioned drinks the whole night. We had two speical cocktails, Bee's Knees and Old Fashioned. For non-alcohol beverage, we made cucumber rosemary lemon chiller; it was so refreshing!
I am so happy that most of my friends dressed up for their parts too. They made the party even more memoriable than it could be.
Here are some more pictures:
|Found this old newspaper picture and a prescription for alcohol drinking online. |
Yup, you needed to obtain a prescription for drinking back to the 1940s.
|My boot camp buddies=)|
|Another prescription I found online|
|Cucumber roseymary lemon chiller|
|Decroations on the dessert table|
|Posing with the photo props|
|My Asian gang|
|I love the setting=)|
|The boys in 1940s style|
|Our dessert table|
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I am so glad to share this great news with everyone. Catsparella has selected our cat cupcakes for their Cat Cupcake Tuesdays. Go check out our adorable cat cupcakes and their amazing cat website. They have everything associated to cats...if you are a cat/pet lover, you will surely love the website.
Friday, March 8, 2013
It's a busy, but fabulous Fabruary! Both my and my mother-in-law's birthday were falling in this Fabulous Fabruary. I had a great birthday celebrationS (will be uploading pictures soon). On top of celebrating both of our birthdays, we also celebrated an overdued birthday for our great aunt.
Our aunt loves (or should I use obsessed with?!) Princess Snow White from Disney. I made some Snow White cupcakes to surprise her at our birthday dinner. She was so amazed by all the detials on the cupcakes. We were glad to see her happy and enjoyed looking and eatting her favorite Princess.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
I have made some engagment celebration cupcakes for my friend begining of this month for celebrating her cousin's engagement. She gave me ideas of what the couple love (such as OPI nail polish, XBOX, the nephew they baby-sit, the school the groom graudated from, etc.) and I created few more love inspired cupcakes just to tight the whole love and engagement theme together. They came out so "LOVE-LY"! My friend told me that her cousin was surprised by this "LOVE-LY" cupcakes. I am glad to create this special "LOVE-LY" moment for them=)
I think cupcakes are the best way to celebrate all the occassions!
I think cupcakes are the best way to celebrate all the occassions!
|Here comes the bride|
|suit and a bow-tie|
|XBOX remote control|
|OPI nail polish|
|The enagement date|
|The little nephew|
|Tie the knot!|
|A love set of engagement cupcakes|