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Hop into Spring with a bunny cake. Now available in all flavors.

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Spring Cupcake Bouquet

Trending this season. Beautiful MCC basket bouquets!

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A Tastemade in heaven!

MCC is now partnered with the largest culinary network on YouTube! What an awesome team. Be sure to check out Tastemade's channel for amazing culinary vids.

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Sugar N' Spice

Need some baking inspiration this cold winter? Check the entries below for great recipes.

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Blow out the Candles

What a better way to say happy birthday than surprising that special someone with a couture cake! With over 25 flavors, I'm sure we can oblige.

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Yule Log It!

Enjoy a classic Christmas with a red velvet Yule Log cake!

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Monday

Cinderella Cinderella

Cinderella Dress Cupcakes

The Cinderella movie has been released and as excited as I am about it, I still haven't had the time to see it. Regardless, it looks so good and has inspired me in a delicious way. I have been wanting to do a Princess dress cupcake for some time. So much so that I told myself that the next fairy tale movie that comes out, I'm on it.

It was extremely last minute. I'm talking even 20 minutes before shooting the video, I had no idea what I was going to be doing. I decided to re-create Cinderella's classic blue dress using a simple pleated skirt method I had used on a wedding cake. I was honestly shocked at how beautiful the cupcake was! It sat in my kitchen for a week until I had it in me to throw it away. Any-who without further ado.... 

CINDERELLA DRESS CUPCAKE

You'll Need: 
Fondant: Use a royal blue gel dye to create a light blue and royal blue
Frosting
Cupcakes
Spatula/Knife
Fondant Rolling Pin
Water or Edible Glue
Heart Cookie Cutter


1. Prepare your cooled cupcake by piping out a mound of frosting, then smoothing the sides to create a mountain shape. Make sure that the frosting is thick enough to stand and support the fondant.
 

2. Roll out the darker shade of blue fondant and cut out a heart shape with a cookie cutter. Set the heart aside to harden, preferably on a rolling pin to create a curve.

3. Roll out a small piece of light blue fondant to cut out the sleeves. Set these aside to harden as well.

3. Again, roll out the darker shade of blue and cut into triangular shapes. These will be placed on the cupcake thin side up and thick side down. Place the first piece on the cupcake as shown below. For the second piece, roll the sides slightly inward and place on the cupcake making sure to overlap the first piece. Continue this method until the cupcake is covered.


4. With clean scissors trim to even out the dress. Using a small knife or spatula (preferably an X-acto knife) carefully and slowly cut a small slit at the top of the cupcake large enough to fit the base of the heart.

5. Optional: Dip a dry paint brush into silver shimmer luster dust and brush onto the heart to give the dress a magical sheen.

6. Thinly roll out the light blue fondant and cut two long, thin rectangles. Gently crease the rectangles long ways to and drape on the sides of the dress, meeting both ends in the center. Use water to glue them down.

7. Once the heart has hardened, carefully secure it into the slit made on top of the cupcake.


8. Lastly, roll out a small piece of light blue fondant, and roll from one end to the other to create a rose. Place this in the center to hide the seam. Then, with a dab of water, attach the sleeves to the dress.

 

With the touch of a magic wand you've got a beautiful Cinderella Cupcake Dress.
I hope you guys try this out. Click below to watch the tutorial.

Cinderella's Dress Cupcake Tutorial

*Couture in a Cupcake*

Sunday

Ultimate Spring Party Ideas

Last weekend we were hit with 10 inches of snow. I can't lie, I'm a winter baby and it's a gorgeous scene. But, I'm seriously looking forward to that Spring weather. My mom's birthday is April 13th and I'm going all out for a cute little birthday shindig. I've been searching deep in the web aka Pinterest to find the perfect Spring party ideas and I know I'm not the only one, so let's swap ideas!

Mom's Ultimate Spring Party Plan

So far, we're headed in a room filled with fresh flowers, pastel colors and delicious aromas direction. One thing at a time....let's start with food.

Menu

I decided to make all of her favorite foods. Things that she loves but doesn't get as often as she'd like. In a nutshell this means seafood, dainty tea time sandwiches, hearty salads and citrus drinks. So, here's the menu thus far.

Soup: Lobster Bisque The cozy temperatures of the Spring will get everyone in the mood for some hearty lobster soup. It's quick, easy and tastes amazing.

Sandwich: Cucumber Tea Sandwich. My mom loves cucumber sandwiches. This cool and light favorite is a perfect way to bring in the Spring-Time. Recipe

Salad: Baby Leaf Spinach Salad with the works. Mom hearts veggies. So I'm loading this with fresh diced tomato, purple onion, carrot julienne, pasta, smoked fish and a light balsamic vinaigrette.

Entree: Mini Crab Cakes. Panko Crusted Shrimp. Lemon Herb Wingettes. Roasted Potatoes, Sauteed Vegetables

Dessert: My mom has always dreamed of having a 5 layer 3 tiered cake....sounds a lot like a wedding cake. But hey, she loves cake. So, we decided on a Spring inspired 2 tier cake. One with chocolate cake and vanilla frosting and the other, yellow cake with lemon, raspberry, blueberry filling and vanilla frosting.
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 Decor

Fresh Spring Flowers, Pastel Colors, Pastel Color Pom Pom decorations. Just enough color and vibrancy to bring the room to life. I found some great ideas on Pinterest.


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Entertainment


Two things my mom, sister and I have always loved to do- sing and play games. Music has always been a big part of my family, so it's only natural that I bust out the new karaoke machine. I'll have it set up in the den with a couple of mics plugged in. I'll also set out a few board games. I have each and every single Monopoly game ever made but, the family fav is definitely Scrabble. 


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This May is the month that both my mom and I graduate!! Amazing right! My mom's worked so hard for the past 7 years, receiving her Bachelors and then 2 Masters Degree's. So this party might turn into a mash-up of a graduation and birthday party. Either way it's going to be about celebration of life and showing appreciation to my most favorite person in the world :D

*Couture in a Cupcake*

Saturday

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts



It's the official day of love and it's filling the air. 
The best way to let someone know that you love them beside's saying it, is showing it. A nice little "I love you" followed by chocolate covered strawberries along with a spa package. Now that's my kind of love. For my birthday (Jan 29th) my mom gave me an amazing homemade coupon book! Two trips to a nail salon, a trip to a casino of my choice, a deep sea fishing trip (yes I'm a "fisher-girl"), and a breakfast in bed. That coupon book has got to be one of the best and most thoughtful gifts that I've ever received. So, just in case you're Google searching some last minute gift ideas for your loved one, I've done this post for you.

Click here for last years Valentine's Day Post. Five Edible Treats that say I Love You


#1 Has got to be the homemade coupon book. 

This is your time to bring out your craftsy side. If you're in a rush: Fold a piece of paper in half long ways and twice going down to make 6 even squares. Write in your coupon gifts, cut the squares out, punch a whole in the upper left corner and tie a piece of ribbon through the whole into a bow. You can go simple and humorous like five hours of complete t.v control. Or extravagant like a shopping spree at their favorite store.
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#2 Dinner for Two

The classic dinner and a movie is always nice. I recommend trying a new place, just make sure that they have good reviews. Or, do the Chef thing and cook a nice meal at home. If you don't consider yourself to be a good cook, YouTube makes it all the easier. Your effort is enough to show you care :)

#3 Breakfast in Bed

Who doesn't love having delicious food brought to them first thing in the morning. A tray with a single rose and a light breakfast - This is something that would be great for the kids to do as a Mommy Valentine's Day gift. Of course supervised by someone else. If you missed breakfast, there's always lunch. 
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#4 A Groupon Coupon

One year for my sisters birthday, I procrastinated and waited for the perfect gift idea all the way up until her birthday party. Instead of panicking that I didn't have a gift, I hopped on my phone and onto my Groupon app. I purchased her a beautiful pair of earrings, then put my phone in a bag with the picture up. Yes, it was weird at first when she pulled my phone out of a bag, but when she saw the picture she was more excited for the earrings. That was definitely a funny moment and it worked.

#5 Netflix

I was going to make #5 the good 'ole "movie hop", but now-a-days movies and shows are so readily available and you don't even have to leave the house. Not just Netflix but Hulu, the Xfinity app and even Amazon all have countless movies at the ready. If you don't have an account, hop on YouTube for loads of free movies. So grab a blanket, pop some popcorn and get cozy.

#6 Arts & Crafts

This may not be a last minute option but it's great fun for later. Sign up for a pottery or painting class. Not only is it a lot of fun but you can get your hands dirty and possibly reenact the scene from one of my favorite movies, Ghost.


#7 Indoor Picnic

Where I'm located feels like 0 degrees outside (literally), so an outdoor picnic is out of the question. BUT, an indoor picnic can be just as nice. Order some take-out, I prefer Chinese or Chipotle. Pack up a couple plates and forks, a candle or two, napkins and a blanket. Find a nice clean space on the floor and set-up the ultimate indoor picnic either at their place or yours. Lovely :)

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I wish you all a day filled with love and chocolates!

Couture in a Cupcake

Sunday

Hey Cake LOVERS!

It's officially my b-day weekend and I want to celebrate with a cake overload!!! I haven't quite gotten around to making my birthday cake yet. Yes... you read correctly, I'm making my own birthday cake. So this will hold me until I get around to it...possibly tomorrow. For now, let's feast with our eyes. Here are a few cakes that I just added to the couture Galleria.


Pound Cake Birthday Cake






Chocolate Eagles Cake


Gluten Free Vanilla Cake w/ Coconut Chocolate Ganache 



Yule Log Cake

Polo Shirt Cake

Mini Mouse theme Cake
*Couture in a Cupcake*

Friday

Gluten Free Vanilla Cake w/ Dairy Free Chocolate Ganache



Who doesn't love ending the perfect meal with a delicious slice of cake. But, in my family there can sometimes be a bump in the road when it comes to traditional desserts and gluten free is a must. 

The best thing about eating healthier is that little alterations can make a big difference. Most of us tend to think that in order to cut calories you have to cut out flavor and luckily this isn't always true. Being that it's a new year, most of us are on a search for a healthier lifestyle. I was inspired by Aloha's natural healthy recipes and wonderful approach at clean eating by using wholesome, rustic ingredients to prepare something spectacular to enjoy with friends and family. 




Some would argue that the best cake is a classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting. So, with that in mind I decided to make a cake that is just as beautiful on the inside, as it is on the outside. A gluten-free vanilla cake covered in chocolate ganache. Now chocolate ganache can be fattening when prepared with heavy cream so instead, we're using coconut milk! One can of coconut milk is only 9 grams of fat and we're using 3/4 of that. So not only is this cake gluten free but it's also low in fat and cholesterol. To take it a step further try making it dairy free and sugar free. This gf cake mocks the texture of a sponge cake and has a delicate flavor. My mom actually fell in love with this cake and had to ask me twice if it was gluten free, so it's definitely mother approved. Click below to view the video.



Gluten Free (GF) Vanilla Cake w/ Chocolate Ganache


Ingredients:

2 3/4 c. gluten free a.p flour
1 3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. gf baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
8 tbsp. salted butter (room temp. cut in chunks) or a dairy free substitute 
1/2 c. vegetable oil
8 egg whites
1 1/4 c. skim milk (substitutions: almond, soy or rice milk)
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)

Chocolate Ganache:

3/4 of a 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) to break up the clumps.

2. Add oil and butter. Beat with a mixer until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

3. Add the egg whites, mixing after each egg. Then, add milk and extracts. There's no such thing as over-mixing with gluten free because there's no gluten to over work.

4. Grease and flour two 9" pans or three 8" pans. Fill the pans 3/4 of the way with batter and bake for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. When done, allow to cool completely.

5. Pour the 3/4 of the coconut milk into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Or, cook over a double boiler until it reaches a simmer.

6. Stir in the chocolate until all morsels are melted and ganache reaches a smooth buttery consistency. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hrs. or over night. When cooled the consistency should be thick enough to spread.

7. If desired, level the cakes and fill with a thin layer of ganache. I prefer to flip the top layer upside down for a flat top. Spread a small layer of ganache on the top of the cake to fill in any small crevasses.

8. Melt the ganache in the microwave for 30 seconds or just until pour-able. For an easy pour, place the prepared cake on a rack with a sheet tray underneath to cake any chocolate. Position the bowl over the center of the cake and carefully pour the ganache allowing it to spread evenly to the edge. If needed, using a spatula or knife, spread the ganache around of the sides of the cake.

9. Top with fresh berries, orange segments, white chocolate, chocolate shavings or nuts. You can wait for the chocolate ganache to set or you can dig right in. Enjoy!






If you're interested in Aloha's products or a free trial click here.

 Couture in a Gluten Free Vanilla Cake!

Monday

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR US CAKERS & FOODIES


2015 will be our year of new beginnings, new relationships, fun, happiness and creating fabulous foods. At the end of the year I like to look back and remember all of the things that I wanted to accomplish. ::Stares off:: Cakes that I never got around to baking (angel chiffon), and dreams with visions of 5 layered deliciousness that I never got to turn into an edible reality. Well, 2015 will be that year for all of us epicureans who live for creating a piece of artwork from only a few pantry ingredients. With a heartfelt introduction, here are a few wonderful Culinary & Pastry New Years Resolutions.  

HOMEMADE BREADS

Once you've had a roll or slice of warm bread fresh out of the oven, a little flavor "omg" switch goes off in your heart and head. It's telling you that 1. You just had some of the best bread you've ever tasted in your life, and 2. You need the recipe because you're never going back to buying bread again. Unfortunately, the thought of bread making is a task in itself. One wrong move and you've got little rocks that are only good for chucking. Honestly, having a good mixer with a dough hook is half the battle. So, here's an easy and delicious bread that I've had the pleasure of baking a few times. It's fairly simple and bakes up beautifully.Quick Potato Rolls
Resolution: We will bake our own breads and leave the preservatives and extra sugars behind in the store aisles.

SPONGE CAKES

Sponge cakes (like the chiffon one I've been meaning to make) are such a beautiful lighter alternative to the classic yellow cake that most of us are used to. Contrary to what most may believe, they're actually very easy to make. If you can make a birthday cake from scratch, you can most definitely make a sponge cake. The trick to keeping your sponge cake light and fluffy is folding instead of mixing - a gentle hand is all you need. So, bring out your softer side and let's make this delicious lemon chiffon cake. Lemon Chiffon Cake
Resolution: We will take on the sponge!

SUGAR & SPICE MAKES EVERYTHING NICE

One of my favorite Chef instructors made all of his students taste each and every herb and spice that came into the kitchen. Not just taste it but actually hold it in your mouth for a while. No doubt this was hard to do, especially when it came to the spices. But with doing that I am now able to detect most if not all spices and herbs used in a dish. There are no rules when it comes to cooking, so add some cinnamon to your pot roast and a dash of chili powder to your chocolate cake. The sky is the limit!
Resolution: We will not let the break up of the "Spice Girls" be in vain. 

NATURE'S BESTIE


Nature provides the best cake toppers, fillers and dyes. We will incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into our baked goods. I don't mean just for flavor, here's an example: The red dye used to color our beloved Red Velvet cake mixes are commonly extracted from a ....red beetle...yes you read correctly. Why use...Beetlejuice (sorry I had to) when beets can easily be used as a red dye. They not only carry a beautiful beet red, but are virtually tasteless when added to cakes. Pomegranates would also be a great alternative. Just something to think about next time you want to add a little bit of color to your cakes. Check out this delicious Red Velvet Cake recipe using beet puree.
Resolution: We will be nature's bestie!


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MAKE FRIENDS

Whatever your passion, find others who love to indulge as much as you do. There are plenty of cake decorating/baking and culinary boards for you to ask questions, converse in and share your wonderful creations. Reach out to others by sharing your journey on a blog or joining a group where others can connect. With the internet being a part of most of our everyday lives, connecting now is easier than ever. Just look at the women in the pic, don't they look happy?
Resolution: We will be bold and make new friends. 


EXPLORE NEW GROUNDS

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If you're like me you have dozens of cookbooks that you've gathered throughout the years. Either they were passed down or you went perusing through the bookstore with an appetite. Now, when was the last time you looked through those old cookbooks? Yup, I thought so - it's been a while. Let's get back to the basics shall we? Here's a challenge for all us: Let's pick up the oldest thickest cookbook that we have, and at least twice a month, make a new recipe from the book. It must be something that we've never tried before. I bought those cookbooks for a reason and it wasn't to one day hop on the internet to find the quickest way to cook a pack of ground turkey. So this new year, we'll try new things and before you know it it's December and you've made 24 recipes!
Resolution: Pick up a book, drop the nook (tablets, cells, laptops and anything else electronic).


You don't have to have a resolution. Just promise yourself to laugh more, love more, learn more and be yourself. 


~Couture in a Cupcake~

Share your New Years Resolutions below!