It's the mark of a big day, my very first bake sale as Evil Delight! It was a cute school event that motivated kids’ interest in artistic jobs of the world. This career fair was themed after the ever-popular, Comic-Con. Everyone dressed up as different characters, including the staff and myself. Phoenix Comic-con was even involved and had artists and Cosplayers to attend. In case you don’t know what a Cosplayer is, they are individuals that dress up from head to toe as a character from a popular media in our pop-culture.
I was given my own table with the other food options; pizza and Jamba Juice. It was nice not having too much competition, it gave me some breathing room. Pricing was my main struggle. For them everything was a dollar, and I had to make a tough decision of changing my pricing to match them. Next time, I'll do my regular pricing now that they have a taste. But I saw this more as a marketing opportunity to get my brand out there. Some of the students helped me set up my table, which turned out super cute. Although as a note to myself, a shorter table would be much easier to maintain for one person. As I finished setting up, I was bombarded by people! I sold half of my products in the first 45 minutes!!! By the time I packed up, there were only two crème brule left.
All in all, it was a great experience and I hope to be invited next year. I look forward to my next Bake Sale Extravaganza!
Today is a great day to bake delightful pies. Yes, today is about the other pi, but that won't stop us foodies from baking and eating this flaky pastry. There are many variations of pies today. So many fillings like, cream, fruit, custards, meringue, and puddings.
Here are some helpful fruit filling points below:
Apples – There are two main criteria points that are necessary: taste and texture. First, the apples should have good flavor and a noticeable level of acidity. Apples that are very mild make pies with little flavor. The sugar content of the apple is less important, as the sugar in the recipe can be adjusted. Second, the apples should hold their shape when cooked. Apples that turn to mush, such as McIntosh, are better for applesauce than for pies. Popular apple varieties that have good taste and texture for use in pie fillings include Granny Smith (my personal preference), Jonathan, Jonagold, Newton Pippin, Rome, Macoun, Pink Lady, Stayman-Winesap and Golden Delicious.
Fresh Fruit - they are excellent in pies if they are at their seasonal peak. Fresh apples are used extensively for high-quality pies. The quality of fresh fruits can vary considerably and many fruits require a lot of labor.
Frozen Fruit - widely used for pies because they are consistent in quality and readily available. Be sure the fruit is completely thawed before preparing the filling. If it is partially frozen, you will not be able to drain the juice properly to make the gel, and the frozen juices will water down the filling later.
Canned Fruit - packed in four basic styles: solid pack, heavy pack, water pack and syrup pack. Solid pack means no water added, although you will be able to drain off a small quantity of juice. Heavy pack means only a small quantity of water or juice is added. Water pack fruits are canned with water that was used to process them. Syrup pack fruits are packed in sugar syrup, which may be light, medium, heavy or extra-heavy.
Have a delicious day and bake on!
I'm so excited to be preparing for a middle school's career night that is a comic con themed event! I'm such a nerd, but aren't we all?
I'm going to have my own table selling cupcakes, cookies and perhaps something special… Crème Brule anyone!?
Sometimes you don’t realize how much work you have to put into something like this until the date really sneaks up on you. Just when you think you have everything ready to go, you forget something obvious like napkins or smaller bills to be able to make change.
I tend to keep a physical checklist of everything I will need from decorations to the actual product people are going to be enjoying.
Let’s hope I baked enough goods for all the families and kids that will be attending!
Recently, I was asked by my friend Sarah, who is a teacher at a nearby school, to bake cupcakes and cookies for a career night. I felt it was a great experience that I simply could not resist! I want to be able to inspire others with a passion for baking to follow their dreams and achieve anything their creative baking minds could think of!
I made chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow frosting. It took me a bit to get the right flavor for the cookie dough frosting while still ensuring that it will be safe to eat and not contain egg to avoid any allergic outbreaks.
The toasted marshmallow frosting you see in the images to the left were possible through this handy kitchen torch that allows me to accurate heat up the marshmallow to perfection!