Cookie Monster Fun

For Cookie Monster’s eyes I rolled out fondant in two balls the size of large peas. I used royal icing and colored it black to pipe in the pupils. Your favorite recipe cupcakes in any flavor, baked in colorful cupcake liner. Butter cream tinted in a fun color (I used Royal Blue gel color). A piping bag fitted with a multi opening tip (also known as the grass tip). White fondant for making eyeballs. Mini circle cutters for cutting out eyeball shapes. I used the large end of piping tips as my mini circle cutters and roll them into the Cookie Monster eyes. For Elmo I used my Epson XP400 edible printer. Don’t forget the mini size chocolate chip cookie for his mouth.

Cookie Monster Cupcake Tower and Cake Topper Covered in Fondant

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Wedding Bliss

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Once in a while,
Right in the middle of an ordinary life,
Love gives us a fairy tale.

~ Anonymous ~

As a Pastry Chef it is my job to envision the atmosphere of that special wedding celebration. So I hold in my hands someone’s dream day and make it come to life. When I meet with a bride it’s up to me to find that special spark in her eyes. But I did not have to look far. The bride smiled sweetly and spoke softly as she said, “Can you make me a “Tiffany & Co Wedding”?” “Of course I can,” I replied. But do I just make cupcakes of sky blue and a cake topped with flowers? Their love was more than that…It was that special glance across the room when he first saw her. It was the bond that told her that it would last a lifetime. It was the fairy tale… wedding cc

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wedding cookies

“They were almo…

“They were almond cookies, although they could have been made of spinach and shoes for all I cared. I ate eleven of them, right in a row. It is rude to take the last cookie.”
― Lemony Snicket, Who Could That Be At This Hour?

A Few Of Couture’s Favorite Things, silicone muffin cups from The New York Baking Company

I loved the fact that the full advantage of not having paper liner on the muffin is that I was able to dip the muffin into my sugar and spice and name it somewhere between a healthy doughnut and a muffin.”

Salty Carmel Muffins
Salty Carmel Muffins

As a painter paints a picture a pastry chef must come full circle and prepare to come to the table. To the french it is known simply as: “Mes en plas” (in a professional kitchen) the preparation of dishes and ingredients before the beginning of service. So when I was asked to review silicone baking cups by Rizzi from The New York Baking Company my first response was, why not? As a professional who isn’t looking for new products to make life a bit easier.

lemon zest added
lemon zest added

I invited a few of my baker friends over and we started testing. In order to entice them of course I had to add a promise of early morning brunch and a nice cup of Java to go along with it. IMG_20140111_120338
And since the holidays were over we decided the menu would consist of a healthy alternative to a cupcake- a fruit filled muffin. I have to admit I was skeptical as how the heat would be distributed evenly and since I was not in my professional kitchen I hoped that they would be delicious!

Salty Carmel Apple & Latte Spice Pumpkin Muffins
Salty Carmel Apple Muffin just coming out of the oven!


Coffee Espresso Chocolate Muffins

When a group of bakers get together you never know what will happen. We decided we’d make a wager and asked, “How would gooey pumpkin or chocolate stand up to baking in silicone baking cups?” So we got to testing, baking and more laughs. Again we used paper liners as well as silicone cups. Our finding as we peeled away at the little delight was that it was every much as moist as those baked in the paper liners.Image

Product Description

Want beautiful, cost saving and environmentally friendly baking cups for life? Well look no further…

No need to buy paper cups ever again, you can reuse The New York Baking Company’s silicone baking cups over and over.

Not only are these baking cups environmentally friendly but they come in 4 fab colors you’ll love!



Product Name: Silicone Baking Cups

Brand: The New York Baking Company

RRP: $8.95

Material: BPA free silicone


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