Cuphead Inspired Cake

It’s September 29th, and that means it’s CUPHEAD DAY! Cuphead is a highly anticipated game that is HAND. DRAWN. in the style of 1930’s cartoons. It’s weird, it’s a little creepy, and it’s supposed to be super hard. I can’t wait to try it out. (Check out the trailer below!)

I recently found out that one of the levels would be dessert-themed, and I thought it would be the perfect excuse to practice my cake skills. The cake incorporates elements found in the level, including the cake-castle, gum drops, jellybeans, pretzels, lollipops, and sprinkles, as well as the various things you have to fight, including a waffle, a cupcake, jawbreakers, and Baronness Von Bon Bon and her sugar cone hat. Take a look at the level and the cake toppings:

(I don’t know how I feel about those eyeball sprinkles. They’re always looking at me funny, no matter what angle I’m at!)

The cake itself is a combination of Funfetti and Strawberry cake mixes, which makes an incredibly sweet and almost Bubblegum-ish flavor. I then added pink gel coloring to a classic buttercream frosting recipe to make the pink frosting. The cake/frosting layers are reminiscent of the layers on the castle!

I love these types of cakes: You don’t need tons of skill to put it together, just a bunch of fun candies and sweet items. I’m still perfecting it all, but loved this opportunity to practice. What fandom should inspire my next cake design? And will you be grabbing a copy of Cuphead? (You can grab it today for Xbox One and Windows 10!)

Sparkling Strawberries

Sparkling Strawberries

Every year, I look forward to spring and summer for one specific reason: the fruit. Fruit is so cheap, delicious, and plentiful then, and I just can’t get enough! Right now I’m loving all of the giant, plump strawberries available everywhere. And while I often eat them by themselves (or with a light dusting of sugar or whipped cream, if I’m feeling fancy), I thought I would jazz them up a bit with some of my Natural Ruby Sparkling Sugar.

These strawberries are dipped in chocolate and covered in sparkling sugar, making them look like a jewel-encrusted version of the fruit they are. I think these would be beautiful at a wedding or baby shower, or any time you want something extra special. Plus, they’re super easy to make!

Sparkling Strawberries

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Wash and fully dry the strawberries
  2. Heat the candy melts according to directions.
  3. Dip the strawberries into the candy melts, coating up to the top.
  4. While the strawberries are still wet, dip them into a bowl of the ruby sparkling sugar, making sure to fully cover the candy melts.
  5. Place on wax paper until hardened.
  6. Enjoy!

You can change the colors of the candy melts and sugar to match the occasion. I’ve even seen people do this with orange sparkling sugar to make the strawberries look like carrots!

Announcing: Geeky Hostess Teas!

One of my favorite things to do on these cold, blustery, winter days is cozy up with a cup of tea. I start my mornings with one and often end my days with one as well. So I’m thrilled to announce the newest line of Geeky Hostess products: loose leaf tea! But this isn’t your ordinary tea. I sourced the tea from Friday Afternoon, an amazing Seattle-based geeky tea company. Friday knows her stuff, and she makes beautiful blends based on popular fandoms. I took her blends and added a bit of Geeky Hostess flair: sprinkles. The sprinkles add just a tiny bit of sweetness and a lot of fun. The final product is a beautiful tin of loose leaf tea perfect for gifting (or keeping for yourself!). Without further ado, let’s take a look at the blends:

Doctor's Blend Tea HeroDoctor’s Blend

An apple a day keeps the doctor a way, but this blend of loose leaf tea just might make him stop by for a visit! This black tea blend is enhanced with police box sprinkles for added sweetness and geekness.

Directions: Brew 1 tsp for one cup of tea or 2 tsp for a pot of tea for three minutes at 212°F

Ingredients: Darjeeling black tea, lime peel, blue cornflower, sprinkles (sugar, rice flour, palm oil, palm kernel oil, corn starch, cellulose gum, carrageenan, confectioner’s glaze, blue 1 lake, blue 2)

 

 

 

 

Lion’s Blend Lion's Blend Tea Hero

After a long day of studying, retire to your house’s common room and relax with a cup of fragrant tea. This rooibos and black tea blend is enhanced with lightning bolt sprinkles for added sweetness and geekness.

Directions: Brew 1 tsp for one cup of tea or 2 tsp for a pot of tea for three minutes at 195°F

Ingredients: Rooibos, Assam black tea, orange peel, marigold, sprinkles (sugar, rice flour, palm oil, palm kernel oil, corn starch, cellulose gum, carrageenan, confectioner’s glaze, yellow 5, yellow 6), bergamot oil, vanilla oil

 

 

 

Mechanic's Blend Tea HeroMechanic’s Blend

This shiny loose leaf tea blend will keep you caffeinated for whatever crises come your way. And you know you’ll love the strawberries… This white tea blend is enhanced with steampunk gear sprinkles for added sweetness and geekness.

Directions: Brew 1 tsp for one cup of tea or 2 tsp for a pot of tea for three minutes at 175°F

Ingredients:  Pai Mu Tan white tea, strawberry, rose hip, sprinkles (sugar, rice flour, palm oil, palm kernel oil, corn starch, cellulose gum, carrageenan, confectioner’s glaze, yellow 5, yellow 6 lake, red 40 lake, blue 1 lake, yellow 6, red 40, blue 1)

 

 

 

The tea is normally $10 each or $25 for the set, but from now until the end of the year, the tea is only $8 or $20 for the set! Check them all out here.

What tea blend are you most excited for? What fandoms should I include in the future?

Doctor Who Candied Popcorn (With Adipose Marshmallows!)

Doctor Who Popcorn

In just a little over a week (September 19th, to be exact), Doctor Who will be gracing our screens again, giving us a legitimate reason to stay in on Saturday evenings. And while the show is great on its own, it’s even better with some themed candied popcorn!

Give this quick and easy recipe a try–it’s the perfect item to have on hand for the premiere! (Watching at someone else’s house? This packs up easily and makes a fun treat to bring along!)

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Doctor Who Candied Popcorn (with Adipose Marshmallows)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix the popcorn and the “adipose” (mini marshmallows) together, and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.
  2. Melt the white chocolate chips in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between cycles. Continue until chips are fully melted.
  3. Pour the melted white chocolate over the popcorn and marshmallows. Mix until evenly covered.
  4. Scatter the sprinkles and sparkling sugar over the popcorn, gently mix to evenly coat.
  5. Let cool until chocolate is hardened.

Eat it by the handful or put it in cute little party favor bags for guests. This recipe can easily be adapted to include other candies or types of sprinkles as well!

Need some sprinkles to make your candied popcorn? Use code “TIMEYWIMEY” when checking out between today and Wednesday to receive 12% off your order AND free priority shipping! I’ll get those sprinkles to you before the premiere! 

(Not sure where to put in the code? Once you’ve added an item to your cart, click on the cart icon in the upper right of this page, and then click “view cart”. There will be an option for the promo code there!)

Introducing the New Sprinkle Page!

Want to know more about Geeky Hostess Sprinkles? Now it’s easy to do! Just click on the “Sprinkles” category at www.geekyhostess.com or visit geekyhostess.com/sprinkles! You’ll find a list of stores carrying Geeky Hostess products as well as some fun videos showing some unusual ways you can use the sprinkles. Check back often to see new retailers added to the list! Know a store or bakery that should carry Geeky Hostess Sprinkles? Let me know at sprinkles@geekyhostess.com!

July 2015 Cookbook Club Wrap-Up

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Well, this book is ridiculously fun. Sprinkles! is bright, colorful, and it feels like you’re at a party just going through it! But my fave party? The recipes varied from ridiculously easy (like the dipped waffle cones) to more complicated/time consuming (like the banana split trifle cake). They even teach you how to make your own sprinkles at home! (Although I prefer the Geeky Hostess sprinkles, myself!)

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The recipes go beyond basic instructions and serve as inspiration. I tweaked the recipes based on my preferences, and had fun trying different types of sprinkles with them. I was even inspired to photograph my recipes like hers. If you have a copy of the book, you may see some similarity with how she stacks her dipped waffle cones and how my Instagram turned out!

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I’d highly recommend this book for anyone who wants some fun excuses to use all of their sprinkles. At $13.12 on Amazon, it makes a great gift with a bottle or two of Geeky Hostess sprinkles as well! 😉 For more info on the recipes I tried, check out my Instagram (@GeekyHostess) and search for #GHCookBookClub.

Have you read Sprinkles!?

Cookbook Club July 2015: Sprinkles!

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Welcome to the Geeky Hostess Cookbook Club! Each month I’ll pick a cookbook and try various recipes from it. I’ll post pictures of the outcomes on Instagram and share my thoughts on social media. Based on permissions from the author/publisher, some months may include giveaways, free recipes, and interviews. You can join along by getting a copy of the book and sharing your thoughts with #GHCookbookClub! 

SPRINKLES! Honestly, I’m surprised it took me this long to feature this book. The author, Jackie Alpers, was one of the Geeky Bakers featured in my Geeky Sprinkles Kickstarter, and as soon as the Kickstarter hit its goal, I purchased a copy of the book as a congratulatory present to myself.

If you backed the Geeky Sprinkle Kickstarter and want some fun ideas on what to do with all those sprinkles, this book is made for you.

Sprinkles! starts off with an introduction into the world of sprinkles. Guys, there are SO many different kinds out there. Once your mind is spinning with new knowledge and you’re properly drooling from all the pics, you get to the recipes. They’re divided into three different sections:

  • Breakfast Sweets
  • Cookies, Cakes, And Pies
  • Snacks And Party Fare

She ends the book with recipes for your own sprinkles, but I’m really excited to play around with the Geeky Sprinkles while trying out the recipes. Make sure you grab a copy of Sprinkles! and remember to use hashtag #GHCookBookClub on Twitter and Instagram so I can see your pics and reviews! (Or just follow the hashtag to see my pics!) Need some sprinkles to get started? Grab some Geeky Sprinkles here. Don’t forget, all sanding sugar and glitter crystal bottles are on sale for $5 each!

My Kickstarter: Geeky Sprinkles!

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I’m here today with exciting, scary, nervous-making news: I’ve launched a Kickstarter! The Kickstarter is for a Geeky Sprinkle line. I’m starting with steampunk shapes, lightning bolt shapes, and blue police box shapes. So all you steampunk, comic, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who fans, rejoice: You will finally have pretty sprinkles to put on your cupcakes or ice cream sundaes.

Basically, I’ve been wanting more fun, geeky sprinkles for a while and about a year ago I started researching options of having them made. I found the best of the best of the best people to make it happen, and I’m so excited to start making these sprinkles a reality. I hope to bring a bit more fun into kitchens and bakeries around the world in a different way than my blog already does.

If you’re as excited about the sprinkles as I am, please pledge to the Kickstarter! If you know someone else who would like these sprinkles, please share the project with them! I need your help to make this a reality.

And if nothing else, just check out the video on the Kickstarter page. The folks at Cinesaurus did a fantastic job making a ridiculous, fun video for me and I’m excited to share it.

Yay! Go! Kickstart!