Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kickstarter: Hot Bread Scholarships

Support this Kickstarter. Hot Bread Kitchen's Women Bake Bread scholarship allows immigrant women access to education of a year of artisanal bakery training.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Confetti Funfetti Vanilla Cupcakes

There are so many colorful cupcakes, but it is great to see a vanilla cupcake. This is actually a funfetti vanilla cupcake which is a lovely way to celebrate a birthday. Cakes by Chichi has the recipe.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Batter Up: Bake Chocolate And Local Beer Cupcakes For The World Series

Native Kansas Citians and friends of the blog Emily and her husband Kyle baked chocolate cupcakes made with beer to celebrate the World Series. It's a simple chocolate recipe with a twist. These cupcakes may be the only cupcakes that your significant other may actually want to help you bake, so take note.

For Kansas City Royals fans, you may want to use a local brew from Boulevard Brewing Company. They have an Oatmeal Stout which has a "roasty/chocolate/coffee flavors with a slightly sweet finish". By the way, did you know that Paul Rudd is from Kansas City? He's a super fan of the Royals. For the San Francisco Giants, then you may want get Anchor Steam.  If not in either city, then you can use Guinness or local favorite stout of your choosing.
BTW, Emily and Kyle's recipe calls for Christopher Elbow's Drinking Chocolate instead of cocoa powder.
Go over to Made Man for the recipe, and play ball.

Five Questions With A Food Founder: Chitra of Brooklyn Delhi

Photo by Brooklyn Delhi

What was your inspiration for starting Brooklyn Delhi? 
 I have been specializing in developing, teaching and serving Indian recipes using local and seasonal ingredients available to me in Brooklyn, NY since 2009 at The ABCD’s of Cooking.  I’m currently also writing a cookbook for Ten Speed Press (June, 2016) on that same topic focused on South Indian home cooking using local ingredients. It was a natural progression for me to offer achaars that supported local farmers and growers at Brooklyn Delhi.  Growing up I ate A LOT of achaar.  I would always bring back copious amounts of achaars from my family in India. 

I realized though that the achaars sold in stores near me in the US were laden with salt and bad oils and lacked that homemade flavor, which led me to make my own.  Achaar-making in India has always centered around using seasonal fruits or vegetables so taking a page from that tradition, my achaar recipes were inspired by the vegetables and fruits, like rhubarb, gooseberries, etc., I received in my weekly farm share.  I started serving these achaars at my pop-up dinners and cooking classes and got such a good response that my husband (fiancé at the time) encouraged me to bottle them.

How did you come up with the name and logo of your business? 
Brooklyn Delhi is a fun play on words that reflects the recipes I make - founded in Indian cooking traditions but inspired by what is grown around me in Brooklyn, NY.  My father is from Delhi and actually writes the Hindi translation that appears on all of our bottles.  My husband, Ben is a food packaging designer with over a decade of experience so I was lucky in the logo and branding department.  Taking cues from hand-painted Indian street and truck art and the look of classic Brooklyn deli awnings, Ben designed the Brooklyn Delhi logo and packaging that reflected a combination of the two.

What websites or apps that you use that are essential for your business?
Our site is built on Shopify and our email campaigns come from Mailchimp.  To get the word out, I use a lot of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It's been a really effective and free way to promote the business.

What's the best thing about having your own food business?
It would definitely be inventing my own flavors, I have the most fun coming up with new recipes in the kitchen. Of course, being your own boss isn't half bad either:)

What food or drink trend do you think will be big in 2015?
I'm hoping Indian flavors.... I do think that the general public is getting hungry for more complex flavors, not just spicy but sour, sweet, savory and spicy all at once and I think that definitely will be evident not only in new food products, but also drink flavors coming out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

KC Royals Cupcakes

The World Series starts today and the KC Royals have quickly become America's favorite baseball team and are the heavy favorites to win, so in honor of their historic run, here are a few Royal cupcakes I found online:

Gigis Overland Park

Lisa Sagi Custom Cakes

Cupcake A La Mode KC

Birthday Direct

Lisa Sagi Custom Cakes

Diamond Club celebration

3 Girls Cupcakes KC

Sweet Tooth Blue Springs


And a few from the other guys ;) :

Just the Frosting

Kristina Marisse

The Flour Girls

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gruffalo Cupcakes For Halloween

The Gruffalo is a popular children's book by Julia Donaldson, and you can easily make these at home with chocolate sprinkles and candy.
Gruffalo cupcakes! "His eyes were orange ..."

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Devil's Food Cake Halloween Cupcakes

Learn how to bake devil's food Halloween Cupcakes from Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

It's National Chocolate Cupcake Day!  Here's the only chocolate cupcake recipe you will ever need.
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