Don’t those Oatmeal Cream Pies look good? Wouldn’t you love to sink your teeth right into one? What’s that, you say? You don’t live in the New York area, so how can you possibly get your hands on one of these?
Well, if you have the winning bid, you can get your hands on 12 of them!
I am participating in a virtual bake sale Wednesday and Thursday as part of Bloggers Bake for Hope, a sort of silent auction wherein people can bid on various baked goods donated by bloggers. The person who wins each auction then gets the baked goods baked fresh and shipped to them! All proceeds from this virtual bake sale go to the Massachusetts affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization (the organizers of the bake sale are from Massachusetts).
Beginning at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4 and running through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 5, you can place your bid on my Oatmeal Cream Pies or on one of the many other delicious-looking baked goods available by visiting this link. Starting at midnight tonight, the bidding links will go live and you will be able to click to submit your bid.
Be sure to keep checking on the item you bid on, because other people may outbid you and you will NOT get notification.
Here’s to raising money for a good cause and getting baked goods in the mail!
If you haven’t bought a T-shirt from Threadless yet, what are you waiting for? Threadless is a website that allows people to submit ideas for T-shirts and then invites other people to vote on them. Those shirt designs that receive the most votes get printed. The designs can be really intricate and cool, or as simple as a milk carton and a chocolate chip cookie professing their love for one another (I have owned that shirt at one point in my life).
In 2007, a guy named Chris Cardinal decided it would be fun to run a contest that asked people to recreate their favorite Threadless design in cake. And thus, Threadcakes was born.
I haven’t paid much attention to this website in the past, but after seeing a cake today that Boing Boing (you should be reading this blog as well) posted today, I think I’m going to be all over this website.
This is the original design, called “Bitter Teeth::
And this is the cake that Chloe Bird created, using a scientific skull model, food-grade silicon, dental tools and milk chocolate:
It never fails to amaze me what people can create. This is amazing.
You can read about how Chloe made this cake here.
One of my co-workers stumbled on this web page today and immediately called me over to have a look. The “Hello, Cupcake!” book has nothing on these bakers.
This one is my favorite:
But I want these at my next birthday:
(But with purple masks of course. Donatello all the way.)
So my pal Jennifer Prochilo is an awesome vegan chief/baker. She keeps a blog called Good Good Things, where you can read about her vegan goodies and her daughter.
This Saturday, vegans around the world will unite to host bake sales, and I’ve volunteered the only vegan cupcakes I’ve made of which I am super proud: Vegan Root Beer Float Cupcakes.
You can stop by and sample my wares and those of about 20 other bakers. The event will be held this Saturday, May 1 in front of Go Lightly Eco Store at 4 S. Fullerton Ave in Montclair, New Jersey. All the proceeds from the sale will benefit For The Animals Sanctuary and PAWPAC.
From the people who brought you March Madness: Pie Vs. Cake (quick update: Apple Pie is getting ready to go up against Pumpkin Pie. For the love of God, vote for Apple!), comes some great scientific proof that pie is superior to cake.
This infographic is really all you need:
But there are so, so many more instances of proof. I think pie is far superior because it lacks frosting. I know this puts me in the minority, but I’m not typically a frosting fan. I usually find it waaaay too sickeningly sweet. I love me some Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, but I usually have to knock half the frosting off before I can eat it. I love cake, I’m not crazy about frosting and sadly, the two are usually found stuck to one another.
A lot of bakers are geeks and/or nerds, and I’m willing to bet that those who aren’t know a lot of people who are. This falls into my “artists are cooks and scientists are bakers” theory of life. Nerds like precision, and there’s nothing more precise than a cake recipe.
So that brings me to this awesome slide show from geeksugar, featuring baked goods sure to delight your inner video game fanatic/mathematician/Apple enthusiast.
This one is my personal favorite:
He’s made out of Red Velvet Cake. Of course.
Investors.com posted an article about Magnolia Bakery, its rise to success and its plans to expand into several cities (including Boston and Chicago) by 2012.
If you’ve spent fifteen minutes talking to me, you’ll know that I love Magnolia Bakery. It’s the reason I started baking. And say what you will about dry cupcakes (I personally think the cake part is amazing, but there’s too damn much frosting!), but if you try something other than cupcakes, you’ll find an amazing assortment of homey baked goods, including an ooey-gooey lemon bar that is just awesome.
I don’t know how I feel about the expansion though…especially a certain line in this article that explains that each bakery will produce the exact same cupcakes as the original NYC location with no local variations. No variations? Ever? That seems weird to me. I firmly believe that every city has its own distinct tastes and flavors that it loves and support. By making the same exact things everywhere, Magnolia might as well rename itself McMagnolia.
I wish Magnolia all the success in the world, and I’m not one of those people that gets upset when her favorite things become accessible to all people, I just want this amazing bakery to become as much a part of their new local neighborhoods as they are in New York.