Ta-da! The final cupcake poster!
Ta-da! The final cupcake poster!
Wow...here we are at cupcake number sixteen and the final pick for my poster. I wanted to end it with one of my favorites, red velvet cupcakes. This recipe is from Stephanie at Chef Herman's Food Adventures. Check it out here.
A classic that I just had to include. I try to tell myself that if baked goods include vegetables they must be healthy...right?
This cupcake puts a new spin on chocolate passion.
That title is a mouthful, but boy, doesn't it sound tasty?
Sometimes the most simple recipes are the most beautiful.
Have you had a chance to check out The Sweetest Kitchen's Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge? Every month Jamieanne picks a new ingredient for her followers to twist into a spanking new cupcake.
Would you ever make 100 mini-cupcakes for one of your children's school events?
Find out more about how she perfected this simple vanilla cupcake recipe here.
There are many fabulous food colors, but this is the most striking I've ever seen. I often exaggerate my drawings to make them more interesting, but I would have never imagined going this blue with anything.
These tasty cupcakes were created by Theresa at Island Vittles.
A professionally trained chef living on Pender Island, BC, Theresa focuses on inspiring readers to make delicious, beautiful food from real ingredients, while (gently) provoking conversation about important food issues that face us locally, nationally and worldwide.
Click here for the entire recipe.
"While the video is cute, I'm wondering if you ever actually COOK anything? How can you justifiably be in a food blog competition when it does not appear that you COOK?"
As most of you know, I've always been up front about not being a very good cook (my profile). What I love is the combination of food and art. I communicate this love by telling my quirky food stories, sharing my simple (yes, very simple) recipes, creating monthly food themes to offer a fresh perspective, and sharing fabulous recipes from fellow food bloggers...all through my illustrations.
This brings me to the next question stated above (which I think is a very good one)...is it relevant for me to be in a food blog competition if I can't cook? Hmmm, I guess the real question is what defines a "food blog"? Recipes shared by a great chef? An author that writes about other great chefs? Someone that strictly critiques local restaurants? Someone that isn't a great chef, but shares their struggles with cooking? Someone that draws food of other great chefs? Can a food blog just be about food (in whatever form it takes)? What do you think?
The Foodbuzz competition has been a challenge for me (in a very good way)...to stay true to my blog focus, while also staying true to each challenge. It has helped me step outside my comfort zone. As you can see from my challenges...I'm actually "cooking" something (yes, way outside my comfort zone). Okay, they are simple in many ways, but that's me. You will note that most food bloggers in this competition have also stayed true to their focus. These bloggers are unique because they spin each challenge towards who they are...and that is what engages us. For instance...how can pizza on a stick not be fun? Because it's the view of a cookie decorator - love that spin...and there are many more.
So in the end, I can't cook. But I can write about food, share my struggles and highlights with food, celebrate fellow food bloggers, illustrate food, and communicate the idea of food from a different perspective. Whether or not that makes me a "food blogger" is up for grabs, but I do appreciate being able to participate in this competition and deeply appreciate all these fabulous new challenges thrown in front of me.
Thanks again to everyone supporting my quirky view of food, but also thanks to everyone supporting this competition and allowing so many food bloggers to shine. I've learned so much from my peers and I continue to learn from honest questions like the ones above. Food and conversation go together well. Cheers!
Big thanks to all of you that voted once again!
One year ago, the day after halloween I posted this same image. The overwhelming bowl of candy left over (or collected) from beggar's night.
The Day After :: click here for original post
(original card painting still available}
1. It's halloween tomorrow!
2. I had a guest post on Chef Herman's Food Adventures.
3. I made it to the 7th challenge in Foodbuzz's Project Food Blog (wow!).
Fresh Pumpkins :: see original post here
White Pumpkins :: see original post here
Floral Pumpkin :: see original post here
Another Pumpkin :: see original post here