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31  COOKING / Dessert / Cupcakes! (with pictures and delicious frosting recipe) on: June 16, 2008 05:14:03 PM
So yesterday I was in Emeryville, CA. They have this super cute bakery there--it's called the teacake bakeshop. I was inspired by the super cuteness (but didn't want to spend $4 for a single cupcake), so I baked some cupcakes of my own!

Here are a few that managed to survive long enough to get pictures taken:

They are my second cupcake attempt with the new frosting tips I just got, and the second thing I've baked in my new oven (new to me, old in general: I just moved.) The recipe I found for the frosting is divine--I love cream cheese frosting and this stuff is so fluffy and good. The recipe makes enough to frost two dozen cupcakes and then feed a third world country for a few months. Next time I think I'll make half a batch.  Wink Here it is: It's near the bottom of the page.

32  COOKING / Dessert / Newbie Cupcakes on: June 01, 2008 03:47:22 PM
I know, I know, it's been said a million times, but I'm going to say it again: You guys inspire me. Smiley To be more precise, you inspired me to go get a set of icing tips and try to decorate cupcakes. Here are five of the first batch of decorated cupcakes I've ever done with icing tips:

I know they're not amazing, but I think they are not so bad for a complete n00b. I also have a couple questions, if you don't mind:
1. How do you get your cupcakes to form a nice even dome on the top? You might not be able to tell in the pictures, but a lot of my cupcakes came out kind of lopsided, i.e. one side would rise higher than the other. It looks pretty silly.
2. Does anyone have a good recipe for a cream cheese frosting that holds its shape better? I don't like supersweet frostings for everything, but I tried to make flowers and things with the frosting recipe I generally use and it's just too soft.  Sad
33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Whoo! I think I figured out the mechanics of resin. on: May 26, 2008 05:41:24 PM
It has taken me months, but I am finally able to get batches of resin to come out without bubbles and (more importantly) fully hardened. To those of you still struggling: Keep it up! I almost gave up on it, but after a short break I tried a few more things and finally got it to work. The best advice I can offer is go check out the resin sticky, and to practice lots and lots and lots.

Anyway, here are a few of the things that I came up with. This is my very first craftster post, so I have to link to the picture. Check it out, and please tell me what you think!

Click me for resin goodies!

I'm still trying to get the hang of taking pictures, too. I'm hoping to take some more soon and do another post. Grin
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