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Cocktail Cupcakes

Celebrate the summer with a cocktail in a cupcake. Catch a fun video tutorial. Contact us for ordering info.

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Head to the Shore

Beach cakes are now available throughout the summer! 'Contact Us' to place an order.

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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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Oh Baby!

Reveal the surprise with a pink or blue cake to cut into.

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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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Wedding Promo

Enter the promo code "GettingMarried14" in the order description.

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Sep 30, 2014

A Turks & Caicos, Bahamas Kind of Summer

Although I didn't get to swim in the beautiful beach waters as much as I had hoped, I had a full summer. From weddings, to islands, a cruise, beaches, new family, new business ventures, visiting those I haven't seen in years, cakes, cupcakes and more cupcakes....

So, I thought I'd share some of my summer pics with you guys!

My aunt got married this summer on the Carnival Cruise. After the ceremony, those sailing stayed aboard and enjoyed a cruise to the Grand Bahamas, Freeport and Turks and Caicos. I've always wanted to visit Turks and Caicos! The beautiful blue waters, the tropical fish swimming to shore, the pale pinkish sand, ugh I could have stayed forever. Honestly, coming from paradise back to the East Coast and watching the waters go from bright blue to grimey gray was a little depressing, but that just means I have to go back. I also got to spend a week in Virginia Beach which was an awesome unexpected get-away with my little sister. I got to see my aunt and cousin for the first time in almost a decade and meet my two beautiful baby cousins. If you are following me on Instagram, you've probably seen some of my summer pictures. But, for those of you who haven't done so yet, I thought I'd share some cool pictures with you guys.


Carnival Cruise- Cheerio Crusted French Toast for Brunch
Fish and Plantains in Freeport
Carnival Cruise- Shrimp Cocktail for lunch




Carnival Cruise- Breakfast on the water

A few of Carnival's Room Service selections 


Breakfast in bed- Smoked Salmon platter and fresh melon

Jamaican Buffet 

Carnival's Tea Time- Smoked Salmon Canope & Orange Herbal Tea

Carnival's Tea Time- Cucumber sandwich, strawberries and orange ginger cake with Orange tea

Grand Turks shopping center

Grand Turks

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Grand Turks 

Froots (amazing smoothies) in Grand Turks

Woke up in the Bahamas

Places to relax on deck




Grand Bahamas



Fresh cut coconut in Freeport, Bahamas

Curry Chicken and Rice

Carnival Cruise casino

Brunch- Man N Cheese w/ fried chicken

The most amazing banana cream pie I've ever had!

Chocolate fondue buffet with incredible fruit art

Carnival Cruise's Auditorium (Departure)

Sep 22, 2014

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pretzels

Recently I did a Test Kitchen video making pretzels using Auntie Anne's Home Baking Kit. I filled the pretzels with a pumpkin cream cheese filling that was both easy and delicious. The dough process was much like any bread making process from scratch. The actual pretzel making process was a lot of fun. I may have struggled in the beginning, but as I kept going I found my own little flare that wouldn't steer me wrong. The twisty! I'm pretty sure that Auntie herself would deem me Couture Pretzel Maker Extraordinaire. Either way, it was a lot of fun and would be perfect to make with all of the family. Next time I'll do sweet and savory, I love cheddar cheese filled pretzels! It's a Philly curse! In my elementary school, soft pretzels with cheese whiz and mustard were sold after lunch for 50 cents! As a matter of fact, my last college before transferring also sold soft pretzels in the bookstore. They also sell them at most gas stations and corner stores...

Anywho, the baking kit definitely brought the AMAZING flavor of Auntie Anne's right to my kitchen. But, if you'd rather go from scratch, here's a great recipe from Alton Brown. To the Test Kitchen video, click below.




Homemade Soft Pretzels

Total Time:1 hr 55 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive: 1 hr
Cook: 25 min
Yield:8 pretzels
Level:Intermediate


Ingredients

1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 package active dry yeast
22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil, for pan
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Pretzel salt


Directions


  • Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
  • Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
  • In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
  • Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe.html?oc=linkback
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Here are pictures from the pretzels that I made using the baking kit.










*Couture in a Cupcake*

Sep 15, 2014

MCC Update- September

Hey guys. I just wanted to chat and give you a tasty little update.



For those of you who watch our YouTube tutorials and DIY's (with my mom) then you may have noticed that some of the videos have mysteriously gone missing. A few of you have contacted me asking about certain videos that may have been a part of your playlists. Well, "what happened was...." a few months ago, YouTube did a huge update that seems to be causing myself and other YouTuber's problems. I also recently found out that my Google account has been compromised. We believe that they've been going into the YouTube account and deleting the videos also. 

With that said, about 20 of my videos have gradually been deleted (multiple times), most of the comments throughout a lot of the videos have been deleted and many of the private videos (videos not ready to be released or still in editing) keep going live. This among other problems, makes it extremely hard to properly run the channel and everything else for that matter. I've contacted my network (Tastemade) and they're in communications with YouTube to try and figure out what's going on. So, if you guys notice a random video being re-posted (ex: The Easter cupcake video was re-posted in August) that's why. Don't think I'm crazy, I'm just trying to get the videos back up there. 

Unfortunately, I'm finding that some of the videos such as the Marshmallow Fondant video, may not be backed up ::tear jerker:: I know that many of you used that video as a source and guide for making your fondant cakes. I will be re-shooting the missing videos once I have everything else re-posted. Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon and we can move forward. I just wanted to let you guys know what was going on. Luckily we've officially surpassed 5,000 YouTube subscribers! So, despite all of the craziness, you wonderful Cakenista's have my back.

Speaking of Cakenista's. Smckinney07 won the 5k Giveaway Contest! Her post was deleted along with others as stated above, but luckily I did save the email notifications of every contest entry.



I'll be doing a lot of small contests for within certain videos. Remember to keep watching or follow us on Instagram @MarishasCouture and Twitter @MarishasCakes for all future contests. Smaller contests won't be announced.

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Aug 18, 2014

5K Giveaway contest!

Hey Cakenista's! Here's a chance to win some of my couture.

There will be one 1 Grand Prize winner! The contest will be open for two weeks. The winner will be announced on the fan page and will receive a message asking for your shipping information.

Here are the rules to enter the contest:

1. You've got to be SUBSCRIBED to Marisha's Couture Cakes' YouTube channel. 
                             www.Youtube.com/MarishasCoutureCakes

2. Like the Facebook fan page. 
                             www.Facebook.com/MarishasCoutureCakes

3. Follow @MARISHASCOUTURE on Instagram
                                               OR (for those of you who don't have an IG account)
Join the Cakenista Club by subscribing to the blog.
Go to MarishasCoutureCakes.com and enter your email address

4. When you're done, visit the 5k Giveaway YouTube video and leave a comment with your favorite dessert! This will be your way of saying you've entered the contest. Good Luck!



For a full description of what will be given away, click the above YouTube channel link.
Have Fun and Good Luck!

Jul 25, 2014

Christmas in July

Hey cake lovers!

So, I received a surprise text from Mr.Claus this morning. He said he wanted to do something special for Christmas in July and I agreed. We decided on a fabulous BOGO sale!
Here are the details of how you can take advantage of this delicious gift.



○ This offer applies to cupcakes, cake balls and cake shots.

○ Offer only good for the months of July and December.

○ This promo is good for orders/events taking place between now and August 1st.

○ You can also use this offer to place holiday orders within the month of December.


Here's an awesome example:

Stacy will be attending the annual Christmas party held by her job. She knows the hassle of coming home late from work and having to prepare something fabulously delicious to bring to the party. But, she can't go empty handed! Stacy runs across this awesome promo and places an order for 2 dozen Santa Claus cupcakes. Because Stacy pre-ordered, she'll be given 2 free dozen. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

*Couture in a Cupcake*

Jul 15, 2014

Superhero's Unite!

The Avengers are fighting for the number 1 most requested cake this summer.


Not with just Marisha's Couture but with a lot of bakers and cake-gicians.
I don't know what happened (maybe I missed the movie), but kids and mommy's across the region are on the hunt for a slamming Avengers cake. One cake with 5 to 7 themes - which is an awesome idea. The Avengers are a series of fictional superhero teams based on the Marvel Comic books that we all know and love. There are dozens of superhero's who have made the team. But, the most popular and main characters who make the cake are: The Hulk, Spiderman, Superman, Captain America, Batman and Ironman. 


I totally and completely fell in love with the Avengers cake that I did for a little superhero's birthday party this summer. It was colorful, fun and fit each of the superhero themes in just two tiers.

I started off with a 6" red velvet and an 8" chocolate cake. Then, rolled out two shades of blue fondant, yellow fondant and black fondant. To apply the fondant, loosely measure and fit the fondant to the 8" cake in quarters and cover the seams with a strip of green fondant. Roll out red fondant and cover the 6" cake. Now, time for the fun. I created my own superhero templates by tracing logos from off of the computer, cutting them out and using a sharp knife to cut out individual shapes and stick them together. The two blue shades were dedicated to Captain America and Superman. The black was for Batman and the yellow for Ironman. The red tier was fairly simple. Just roll out thin strands of black fondant, pick your center and starting from there, lay your stripes across the cake from the front to the back. Lay shorter horizontal stripes in between each of the verticle stripes and allow them to bend a little to make a complete spiderweb. Trace out a pair of spidey eyes and your set.


Now....for the Hulk fist. That one took a bit of patience. I attempted the fist twice and it didn't actually come out like a fist until I decided to not think about what I was doing, just do it. Generally you start off with a ball, and use a fondant tool to make the outlines of fingers. This fist is made of fondant but you can use rice krispy treat as the center, then use a toothpick and water to stabilize the fist on top of the cake. Roll out a piece of red fondant and cut out small triangles. Slightly curl the triangles and stick them around the circumference of the hulk fist. Lastly, step back and put on your red cape because you've just completed an Avenger's cake! Woooooo!

I know this can be technical but if you attempt this cake, just have fun. The more positive that you feel, the more positive of an outcome you'll have on the cake. I hope this helps!




~Couture in a Cupcake~

Jun 6, 2014

Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies





Hey cake lovers! 
If you haven't heard, allow me the pleasure of introducing you to the Black Bean Brownie. Yes, you read correctly. The main ingredient in the black bean brownie are black beans. The same ones used for soups, stews, etc. Desserts can officially be added to the list (even though I'm sure this wasn't the first dessert ever in history to be made from black beans). I've been reading up on these black bean brownies for weeks and couldn't wait until I had some free time to make them.

Supposedly, they tasted like any 'normal' brownie and never give off the texture or flavor of a black bean (if any). So, I gave them a shot, adding my own personal tweaks. Just as I had taken my first bite, the sun started to peek out from the clouds. The rain stopped and down came the Cupcake Fairy...gracing me with her presence once again. She looked at me, and without words said "Yes my dear, you are awake and have just witnessed the best brownie you've ever had in your life, spread the word and may the force be with you". She's heavy into Sci-Fi, but any-who, they were ridiculously good. I honestly wasn't expecting them to be so amazing. They were super moist, very flavorful and pretty much the exact same consistency and texture as any flour recipe. They give off the same crumbly cake texture, fudgy-ness and density that we're used to. It just assured me how amazing beans can be.

Last year, I went on a gluten-free diet and although gluten free foods are extremely accessible now-a-days, with most gluten-free foods you have to get use to a different texture. I would've loved having these around! Replace the granulated sugar with sugar in the raw or a natural sweetener and they're guilt free. I wonder what else I could make out of brownies...


Fudgy Black Bean Brownies


Makes about 10 brownie cupcakes

Ingredients:
15 oz. Black Beans (cooked)
2 Eggs
3/4 C Cocoa Powder or Hot Chocolate Mix
3 T oil (coconut, vegetable, other)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp. baking powder

Equipment:
Food Processor or Blender
Whisk
Bowl
Cupcake Pan and Liners

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cupcake tin with the cupcake liners of your choice and set aside.
  3. Option 1- Using a large blender or food processor, add all ingredients and blend.
  4. Option 2- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt). In a blender add black beans, eggs, oil and vanilla. Blend until smooth and whisk into dry ingredients.
  5. Fill cupcake tins up about 3/4 up and bake for 23 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool completely and top with fruit, nuts, chocolate, frosting or whatever makes you smile.




Couture in a Cupcake

May 26, 2014

Congrats Grads!

This has been an awesome month. 

About six years ago, my mom made the heroic decision of going back to school while working full time. We were both in college and even managed to have a class together which was awesome (dream come true). I got to watch an amazing woman push past limitations, and excel beyond the expectations that some may have set for a woman in her fifties going back to school. My mom has maintained nothing below a 3.5 GPA and has managed to have gotten straight A's most semesters. Six years ago, I watched, and helped, a  student who had put her dreams on hold for decades to raise her family, get back into the swing of things. About a six days ago, I got to watch that same woman proudly walk across a stage receiving her Masters Degree. No amount of words on this earth could express how proud and blessed I am to have a Mother who never settled for less.

With that said, I want to send a huge CONGRATULATIONS to every individual graduate of 2014, the grads of the future and of the past. If you've jumped hurdles and broken boundaries, then congratulations to you as well for being a brave individual and changing your life for the better.

I was asked by a client to make a cake that I've never attempted but always wanted to. Stacked textbooks for a graduate who studied Photography and Graphic Arts. Of course I was nervous, but, I did a lot of research so I knew what route to take. As usual, I wasn't liking the outcome of the cake and took what I'd consider a major risk (which is normal for me). I grabbed a paint brush and got to dipping and dabbing. I followed my instincts and it definitely proved to be right. This cake might be my favorite one to date. I decided to make a gradient effect from the corners in - to give an antiqued feel. The bottom tier is Velours Rouge (Red Velvet) and the top tier is Lemon Cream. Everything on the cake is made of fondant and edible. I hope she loves it as much as I do!


Congratulations Erika!



My mom continued with her schooling, hopping straight into another semester. By August she'll have a second Masters Degree! She's getting a little degree happy lol! Congrats Mommy!! Love you.
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