Monday, June 9, 2008

Almost there

Are you there cake blog?  It's me, Kyrie.

I am freaking out right now!  I am soooooooo close to graduating I can taste it - and it tastes stale.  Graduation is definitely long overdue.  Not that I'm not thankful for the experience college has given me...I have learned more about myself in the last four years than I feel I will ever, I have made some amazing friends and baked some KICK@$$ cupcakes!  I'm just ready to start my life!  I want to be able to experiment with recipes and work on my business plan and scout locations for the bakery and bake a million wedding cakes and - well, school gets in the way.  I LOVE learning, but learning and schooling are two completely different things.  I will put a disclaimer on this term however; I have had the best professors this spring than I have the last four years.  It's a shame it took me so long to find them!  They have instilled a new found hope that classes don't have to be all about the long as you take something valuable away from the class, you've learned.  

ANYWAYS, enough about that jazz - I have two finals on Wednesday and I'm done!  Woohoo!  Then I have two days to graduate, pack up my apartment, go out to dinner with the family, and fly to southern California for my summer job!  I can't wait!  

Here are a few things I've done recently:

Here are some mini chocolate chai cupcakes with vanilla frosting I made for my religions of India potluck.  They tasted like gingerbread, but were still yummy!  I've also been experimenting with flowers as you can see...

These were a bit of an experiment.  I got this recipe from this blog and was a little skeptical - but they turned out great!  These are dark chocolate cupcakes filled with caramelized banana rum buttercream and topped with Nutella frosting!  I didn't like the banana rum filling at first because I HATE the taste of rum, but once it went in the cupcake it was magic!  Yum yum.

Also, I have something to share with you my bakery, we've started substituting other things in the pain au chocolat for the chocolate due to a shortage...

Can you guess what it is???  Yes, it's poo - JUST KIDDING!  It's a chocolate mixture, but doesn't it look disgusting???  My last day at Metropol I had to take a picture.  Yuck.

So, I'm also famous now.  Check me out here!  Next stop: Food Network Challenge!  lol haha

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Lots 'o' pics!

I've been dreading posting not because I have nothing to say, but because there is just too much!  Where to begin?!?  Well, my 22nd birthday came and went - I did not make myself a cake, but my parents did take me to Pix and I got macarons!  I cannot for the life of me make them, but I can sure eat them!  Their salty caramel macarons are soooooo good!  Just look at all the tasty desserts!

Someday my macarons will be decent...sigh.  

In other news, I've been baking it up at work and here's some pics (Sorry for the horrible phone...again):

This is my first mini multi-tiered cake!  I had leftover flowers, so I thought I'd give it a go.  At first I hated the colors, but it has grown on me.  The top has a hibiscus-type flower.  I had a lot of fun making this!

Here are some cookies inspired by Cake Journal.  The edges of the actual cookie are crap because I used a template and not a cutter, but I absolutely love Antonia's Royal Icing!  It's really easy to use.   

What else?  Oh yeah, I've made about a million cupcakes...just experimenting, giving for birthdays, etc. etc.  Here are some:

So many different kinds!  The bottom two are the most recent: chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes with almond vanilla buttercream (tasty!) and red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  I love the color of red those turned out to be.  I think I'm crazy for baking so much.  Oh well, it's getting me closer to my goal!  I'll be back soon with more pictures and stories - stay tuned!