Milk and Cookie Shooter

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By now, even my 87-year-old grandmother has heard of the Cronut, the croissant-dougnut hybrid brought to life by New York City baker Dominque Ansel. Well, a month or so ago, he was at it again, creating a Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Shot, a shot glass made of chocolate chip cookie dough and filled with vanilla-infused milk. The idea is to sip the milk and eat the cookie bit by bit, as one might eat a taco salad or soup in a bread bowl.

The minute he heard about it, my husband wanted me to make it. Sometimes I get the impression he doesn’t realize how hard certain things are to create. Has he not seen the numerous Cookie Bowl Fails that litter the Internet? Cookie dough doesn’t necessarily want to hold a particular shape– it likes to spread and puff and do all sorts of other things that are great if you want a cookie form, but not so good if you want, say, a shot glass form.

Luckily, myriad food bloggers have taken it upon themselves to duplicate this sweet treat and the talented baker over at Wanna Come With? came up with a fantastic recipe and tutorial, which I used to create the confection in the above photo.

I didn’t tweak Wanna Come With?’s recipe at all, so I urge you to follow it if you want to create these yourself. I do recommend that whatever vessel you choose to use as a mold (Rum Baba molds worked very, very well for me), pick up at least four of them. I bought two and it took me FIVE HOURS to make 14 of these suckers. Save yourself some time and buy four.

The verdict from my husband? Well, to quote him directly, “Well, I don’t need to go get a real one because I can’t imagine it tastes any better than yours.”

Bloggers Bake for Hope

Oatmeal Cream Pies

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!

Skull Cake from Threadcakes

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::
Bitter Teeth

Bitter Teeth

And this is the cake that Chloe Bird created, using a scientific skull model, food-grade silicon, dental tools and milk chocolate:
Skull Cake

It never fails to amaze me what people can create. This is amazing.

You can read about how Chloe made this cake here.

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

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.

The Science Behind Pie Vs. Cake

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:
Pie Vs. Cake

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.

Team Pie!

Geeks + baked goods = awesome

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:
Jabba the Hut cake

He’s made out of Red Velvet Cake. Of course.