The 2014 Fandom Birthday Cake Season kicks off with a little something from Sailor Moon:
This is the first of two requests I’ve gotten for Sailor Moon cakes this year, and because my friend is a member of the Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus Appreciation Club (as am I) I decided to do a cake version of her “lip rod” transformation wand.
Teen Wolf is back!
To celebrate, I decided to try Nerdache Cake’s Teen-Wolf-themed “wolfsbane” cupcakes, a dark-chocolate brownie with berries and berry frosting.
I offered to bring tarts to a dear friend’s family Thanksgiving and found this recipe as I was considering my repertoire. Also, geeky-dessert talk: I’m a huge fan of Ikeda Riyoko’s The Rose of Versailles (Beru Bara) fan*, so how could I pass up the tarte bouquet de roses?
This tart looks and tastes elegant: the freshness of the (mostly) uncooked apples with the creamy maple custard and soft walnut crust creates a great combination of flavors and textures. In Alain Passard’s version, he cuts the apples with a machine into long strips, but those of us without mandolins can (carefully) slice the apples into paper-thin, translucent pieces.
My avocado cookie recipe was featured on The Huffington Post‘s “5 Christmas Cookies for Every Diet” as well as Blisstree‘s “10 Christmas Cookie Recipes Featuring Superfoods.”
A couple notes:
My kitchen wares have finally arrived!–and now we are unearthing ourselves from the boxes, discovering all the duplicates of measuring cups, the clothes that got left behind when I moved to Japan in 2009, and all that junk that normal adults have already sorted, sold, and donated.
This weekend is our wedding anniversary, so I decided to celebrate it and our successful move by making a cake. Living with a fellow nerd means the possibilities are endless for fandom references, and we’re an irreverent pair when it comes to romance.* Between Sharknado and Shark Week airing around the time we repatriated–Americans sure love them some sharks– I decided to play with that concept and reference one of our favorite lines from everyone’s favorite amoral power couple in (US) House of Cards:
ね、知っている？(Hey, did you know?)
These cupcakes may be the simplest of the geeky/nerdy (it varies…) birthday cakes I made this spring.
My husband loves Mameshiba, which is… well, as the song goes, they aren’t quite beans and they aren’t quite dogs; and everyday they bring you a bit of trivia–
You know what? This is like trying to explain Doctor Who to someone who’s never seen it. Just check out the videos (in Japanese with English subtitles) on the Mameshiba site. Problem solved.*
One hell of a storm blew through Saturday night and Sunday, ruining the weekend for hanami. Luckily, we’d had decent weather all week, including Friday night, when I went to Rojô Park in Komatsu for nighttime cherry-blossom viewing.
Of course, hanami wouldn’t be hanami without food and drink, and what better to bring than two Japanese classics together in a super portable form?
I especially like that this recipe uses the leftover sakura flowers from the Sakura “Latte.” No waste and more sakura flavor.
Remember how I needed a fix?
Source: ohshutupmrshudson. The truly remarkable part is that I found this gif by accident. What are the odds?
This was a really, really good fix.
This cake is a gift!
(Spoiler-free!) I am new to Teen Wolf and its fandom, so, having only seen a couple episodes for reference before I started, I lacked a mind palace1 full of semi-obscure references to incorporate. Thank goodness for my friend who suggested the triskelion design, especially since I’m much better at cutting/building cakes than decorating them in the traditional sense. (I plan to invest in lessons at some point so you don’t have to suffer through too many more of my awkward frosting attempts.) The triskelion is a Celtic symbol of three interlocking spirals; in Teen Wolf, it first shows up in Season 1 as a tattoo on Derek Hale’s back.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I like mental gymnastics. You’ve seen my critical analyses and a handful of translations here on the blog, but I also really enjoy sudoku, detectives/detective stories, and, apparently, creating nerdy/geeky/fandom birthday cakes that require research and some level of technical difficulty.
After “The Great Game” cake, I needed a fix. Badly. How lucky for me that so many of my local friends are in need of birthday cakes this season!
Congratulations to M on the occasion of her birthday.
This is a cinnamon-applesauce cake with a basic buttercream frosting. The design is based on the 221B damask wallpaper and is stenciled in cocoa powder mixed with cinnamon with the smiley face from “The Great Game” piped on top. To make the stencil, my friend colleague husband printed the damask pattern and cut it out of a clear plastic file with an exacto knife.* On the side, a tiny suitcase in a frankly alarming shade of pink buttercream.