Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Arte y Pico Award...and Cupcakes!

First off, the fun award stuff. Gigi Cakes awarded me the Arte y Pico award a few days ago. Then yesterday, Honeyed Hashette awarded it to me as well. Awards all over, I feel so special. Thanks ladies, you are fabulousity.

The Arte y Pico award translates to 'Peak of Art'. So when I thought about who to pass this onto from my end...I wanted to honor blogs that I feel are wonderful about putting their 'art' out there. The art of baking..and for me, photography. I absolutely LOVE wonderful food photos and am obsessed with taking photos. If it makes me salivate by looking at it, it's good stuff.

The rules for the award are:
-I have to pick five blogs who deserve this award because the content of their blog is creative, interesting, and they inspire the blogging community.
-Each recipient has to have their name and link back to their blog.
-The recipient must display the award and link back to the blog that awarded them the award.
-The recipient must also show the link back to Arte y Pico blog so everyone knows the origin of the award.

With that in mind, here are my Arte y Pico award gals.

She's Becoming Doughmesstic
Susan consistently posts amazing photos of her goodies & it seems like her learning curve is incredibly short, which is a huge inspiration for me to keep learning as well.

I Heart Food for Thought
Miss Clara has two blogs, this is one of them (the other is all about CUPCAKES so you know I must love it). How can you not be inspired by someone who manages and maintains TWO blogs..AND gives me fabulous ideas on cupcake decor while she's at it?

And Then I Do The Dishes
Lyb blogs like I do, lots of fun abstract pictures and commentary. Fabulous photos and writing style. Plus, LOVE the looking drippy whisk shot in her avatar!

Spatulas, Corkscrews & Suitcases
Donna blows me away with her creativity and imagination. She bakes on a BOAT first off, and now her oven is broken so she uses this other oven in another boat. No challenge too large for Donna. AND her stuff comes out looking like a food ad in her photos.

Dianne's Dishes
Dianne's vibrant, colorful photos are a continual inspiration to me...when I check out her blog every Tues, it makes me want to take some photography classes or something, jeez I'm a novice!

Award stuff end spiel! Thanks again Janna and Gigi for the fun awards! Now onto the cupcakes...I will be short since this is a long post already.

We've got Lemon Marscapone cupcakes for a friend's bridal shower. I wanted to do black fondant disks to match the liners, but I just ran out of time. Everyone loved these and this is seriously my favorite 'taste wise' cupcake recipe ever.

And then fab Vanilla Buttermilk cupcakes for two events, one cupcake kills two stones!! Some with PB inside...and some without. The birthday ones were fun, I tried a new technique with personalizing..fondant disks with chocolate transfers. Worked pretty well, but definitely time consuming.

These Vanilla...I think this was my favorite cupcake 'decor yet. They were just really amazing & consistent looking. The saddest part is on my way into the car, rushing of course, I tilted the carrier way too much to the side..and it was cupcake carnage. Literally, these beauties fell into and on top of and INTO each other. It was cupcake horror...I didn't know what to do.

I was almost in tears, and I NEVER cry. Pup was really alarmed at my distress. BUT I managed to save them and in 10 min no less...peeled liners off, put them into new liners, put all the demolished frosting back into a bag and piped one big swirl onto each cake to cover the previous mess, then pressed cleaned fondant disks back into them. They were well received and people thought they looked lovely(if only they had seen the original, oh such a difference). Oh well, I think I'll be more careful now??


LyB said...

First of all, congratulations on the awards, you truly deserve them! And thank you for thinking of me, it's always nice to know there are people out there who read my blog and like what I do. :)

All those cupcakes you have there look fabulous, they're making me hungry!

fifilacupcakes said...

talk about a baking save, Miss Mara, you know all about them!! Good work on picking yourself up and re-frosting. I think I would have just sat there in tears, and forced myself to eat the damaged cuppies in solace ;) Perhaps this is why the jeans didn't fit anymore!

And as always, your little masterpieces look lovely - I'm really liking the edible pearls - they look so neat!

Jacque said...

Those cupcakes are just the cutest... EVER! wow, what lucky folks that get to one of these beauties.

CB said...

My first award! and I can't think of a better person to receive it from! Thanks for your blog award love. You're so sweet!

Donna said...

Thanks so much for the award! Like lyB said, It IS nice to know someone reads our stuff. We're bakers and most of us (at least me) lives for the praise!
You did a great job fixing those cupcakes. They look like they were designed to be that way! Bravo!

Janna said...

I love the lemon cuppies and the disaster cuppies. They are beautiful. Good save, by the way.
I'm with Portia- I can't imagine you crying.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Almond Joy??? Now that's talking me language! Are you gonna post them?


Mara, once again the cupcakes turned out beautiful. I love those pink pearls! Where did you get those? Sheesh, I feel like I have been living inside a cupcake cave and finally came out.

Dianne said...

Oh wow thanks! I'm going to have to think about my five for a bit...

Those cupcakes look fabulous! I especially love the ones with the yellow flowers on top!

Faery said...

Congratulations Mara you deserve these awards, not only for the beautiful photos but all the yummies you make. These cupcakes look gorgeous :9

Miranda said...

Pretty pink deco!

Half Baked said...

Congrats on the award!
I too have had cupcake disaster. the box broke and my cupcake got all mushed together. I had to peel them apart and redo the frosting. I wanted to cry too!! Your cupcakes look awesome! Great job:)

Dawn said...

I love your blog and your cupcake looks yummy!

I make non-edible cupcake ornies and home decor as well.

Anonymous said...

Just Stumbled into this gorgeous blog, may be too late but, marscapone? correction: masCARpone, please correct. Andrew McPhearson.