There isn’t anything a cupcake can’t cure… well, mostly. There is an art and science to the making of those sweet treats that were elevated from the realm of the classroom party to the sweet posh picks of brazen ladies by the Sex and the City gals. As a lurver of gadgets and of cupcakes I almost lost my ever loving mind when I ran across these Pac-Man cupcakes from Aussie Cake Lady, Hello Naomi. I mean literally as in I wanted to call do over on my wedding and fly her in from the Land Down Under just to make them for me, and when the realization that I couldn’t do that happened I quickly developed a deep resentment for my own baker for not being a geek from Australia (see – ever loving mind almost gone).
Instead of allowing the lunacy to overrun me (even more so than it already has) I got crackin’ on figuring out how to pull something together like the above linked coolness. My search for coolness – cupcake coolness, not inner coolness, mind you – was too good not to share. Here are some links I gathered from around the ole internets that will take you on a journey towards video game sweet goodness.
- Cupcake Recipes – I highly recommend browsing through the pages of St. Louis blogger/baker extraordinaire’s site, Cupcake Project. What started out as an experiment in amassing enough cupcakes to feed an entire wedding (and interesting flavors) has turned into one of the coolest cupcake recipe compendiums on the webs. I had a wee taste of the Apple Cinnamon cupcakes (complete with an apple cinnamon filled ravioli) and I highly recommend trying that recipe on for size.
- Fondant Recipes and Tips – You could head over to Michael’s and pick up some pre-made fondant and make it all colorful and video game like, but if you want to go the extra, bakerly, mile I recommend heading over to this Fondant 101 tutorial by Peggy Weaver on What’s Cooking America. To get the best blues, blacks, yellows, reds, greens, and whites there isn’t anything that can compare to mixing it up on your own. She even covers storage techniques, and this recipe is for a Marshmallow Fondant…. mmmm Stay-Puff.
- The Piece de Resistance (or decorating) – Sure you can mix it and bake it, but what really pulls this gaming masterpiece together is the decorations. Never fear, Cake Journal is here. This site is a n00bie baker’s dream (aside from getting to gobble up the results and like the bowl like a fiend). Denmark cake maven Louise has pulled together so many tutorials on making the perfect fondant flower, sash, and bows that a read through her site makes you walk away all, “Uhh… Ace of Cake’s who?” She also has pictures and techniques for decorating adorable cookies and fancy-like cakes. Even if you don’t feel like paying homage to an old arcade game, you are going to leave the site jonesing for either a dump-truck of sugar or a bevy of baking tools.
While some amy think geekery (among other activities) has laid claim to Dorito’s those things turn your fingers, thus your keyboard, orange. Cupcakes come with their own finger saving devices and pay way better sugar laden respect to any geekery you can possibly dream of.