Hold onto your hats and loosen your belts a notch Vancouver! Geek Sweets is now available for custom orders in the greater Vancouver area.

Starting June 2012, Geek Sweets will be working together with Carole's Country Kitchen at the Vancouver Farmer's Markets, and as Geek Sweets at the Baker's Market. We'll also be popping up around the city at various fairs and festivals, so check the Geek Sweets Event Calendar for upcoming market dates and event details!

Coming Soon!

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Specializing in tasty treats for the more geekily inclined, Geek Sweets is a home-based bakery making specialty cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other yummy baked goods. Everything is made from scratch with the freshest Vancouver ingredients, just like grandma used to make. If grandma made cookies shaped like weighted companion cubes and Battlestar Galacticakes.

From a specialty Simpsons wedding cake to a dozen halloween brain cupcakes, no order is too big or too small for Geek Sweets.

Drop me a line at  jenny@geeksweets.net, or call 778-991-4335 in the Vancouver area and let's talk nerdy.

Thursday
Mar152012

Movie Night Cupcakes

Ok. I'll admit it. I'm an absentee blogger. 

Before you go blaming yourself, head over to the Cupcake Menu and check out all the exciting new additions! You see? Mommy's just been in the kitchen whipping up some new flavours - it's not your fault, little one!

OR IS IT?  ಠ_ಠ

Maybe if you subscribed to my RSS feed, or cleaned your room, or spent less time alone in the bathroom, Mommy and her blog would still love each other.

But the blog and I are going to give it another go. In fact, here's a fun cupcake tutorial just in time for the Oscars way late for the Oscars!

It may look like a hamster-sized tub of popcorn, but it's actually a cupcake, covered in frosting, marshmallows and wearing a print-out-able sleeve. And here's how to make them:

Bake yourself a batch of cupcakes, in any baking cup you like. Maybe try my Burnt Butter Brown Sugar Cupcakes whynot? Any flavour will do, but it's better if it's a light coloured cupcake so that the attached popcorn will all blend in, colour-wise.

While your cupcakes are baking, start on the grueling process that is prepping the marshmallows. This step is best performed accompanied by an episode or two of Firefly, and a helpful pair of hands, like those of a Mr. B. The 'popcorn marshmallows' take a good amount of time, but can be made in advance and stored in a ziplock bag until you need them.

Start with a single MINI marshmallow:

With a pair of scissors, cut halfway down the marshmallow, from the top:

Rotate the marshmallow, and cut halfway down the marshmallow again, creating an X-shaped cut in the top:

Now flip your marshmallow, and on a piece of waxed paper, (or clean surface,) smoosh that little bugger down with your finger. I smoosh down and wiggle it in little circles for about five seconds:

When flipped back over, it'll give your marshmallow the look of a piece of popcorn! You can mix it up a bit, cutting some marshmallows only once instead of twice, or into three sections in order to make the popcorn look varied.

To give your popcorn that 'buttered' look, you can brush it with some powdered food dye that can be purchased online. In a pinch, yellow Kool-Aid can also be used, but is not quite as vibrant. You can also brush on liquid food dye, but allow it to dry before eating, as nobody likes a soggy 'shmallow.

The buttering step is actually better done when the cupcakes are assembled, but I took the photograph at this point for some crazy reason. Just to confuse you I suppose.

Now that you've got all your marshmallows smooshed and your cupcakes baked, it's time to print out the cupcake wrappers. Download this PDF Printable, print them out onto some cardstock paper, then cut them out:

It's best to use a glossy paper, because the frosted cupcakes will touch the liner, and a non-glossy paper may develop grease stains from the buttercream.

Take one of your cupcakes and wrap the cupcake wrapper around it to see how big it should be. Stick the edge of the wrapper to itself using two-sided or regular clear tape. Use this one as a template for sizing the rest.

Pop your cupcakes into the wrappers. They should be nice and tight at the top so they don't shift around in the wrapper when picked up. You may need to press the cupcake down into the wrapper a bit with the palm of your hand. (The bottom of your cupcake and the bottom of the liner don't need to line up, so don't squish down too far.)

Next, frost your cupcakes with your choice of frosting. Anything lightly coloured is fine - a tub of store bought vanilla frosting would work great. I made a buttercream that I flavoured with Wilton Butter Flavour to really give them that 'popcorn' taste. You don't need too much frosting per cupcake, just about a 1/4 inch layer on top to adhere the marshmallows. 

Press your prepared marshmallows into the frosting. They should be tight together so you barely see the frosting underneath. After completely covering the top in marshmallows, I smooshed them down with my palm so they made a nice, even mound on top of the cupcake.

Lastly, now is when you want to add the 'butter' by brushing on some yellow dye with a large, soft paintbrush. Heavy in some areas, none in others, just like real movie theatre popcorn.

And there you have 'em! Movie Night Cupcakes. Great for that Marvel Movie Marathon you're planning before going to see The Avengers this May. 

Now, let's never fight again.

*HUGS.*

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Friday
Jan272012

2011 Was Cool: Cake Wrecks

2011 for me, was a mixed bag. It was full of ups and down for myself, my friends and my family, populated by both weight gains and weight losses. We made it through relativley unscathed, but it was a bumpy ride, to be sure.

Plus, they cancelled The United States of Tara. But then my phone started talking to me, and that was pretty great.

But for Geek Sweets? 2011 was one SWEET YEAR. (HAH! Puuuuuuuns.) Launching your own business is difficult financially, but it's a path that my husband and I choose to take together. Something we'd remind each other when eating a bowl of hot dogs and Kraft dinner for the third night in a row.

My husband, (or "Mr. B" as you may know him if you follow me on Twitter,) is Mr. Geek Sweets, and is always there when I need him. In fact, at this moment he's messaging me on my talking phone about picking up more macaron bakery boxes in the middle of a snowstorm. Pretty supportive for a guy who doesn't even like sweets. I wouldn't have made it through this last crazy year without him and he reminds me every day with his supportive words, (and even the odd foot rub,) why I married him in the first place.

In these next few posts, I want to highlight some of the great things Geek Sweets and I got to be part of over the course of 2011. The first, has to do with two awesome folks I met on October 29th at the Algonquin College Book Store here in Ottawa.

That's right! The Frosting Typo Dynamo's, the Masters of Cake Disaster, The Wonders of Buttercream Blunders, at the Nexus of Cake and Wreck...sus... 

OK, I'll stop.

I met Jen and John from Cake Wrecks!

Hey look, I'm pointing at something like a dork! How unlike me. O_O

I was invited to their book signing for Cake Wrecks: Wreck the Halls, which is an awesome tome of festive cake wreckory. It got passed around at my Halloween party this year and ruined the face makeup of more then one attendee, due to the laughter tears streaming down their faces.

If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. </FerrisBueller>

I brought along some cupcakes featuring everyone's favourite mohawk-sporting, carrot-straddling baby:

And some cupcakes of another sort, that were an homage to some of my favourite wrecks - Poop Cakes:

Complete with little edible fly.

What is WRONG with my brain, people?

This little girl has a bad-ass chocolate goatee.I also got to help judge the "Wreckplica" cupcake contest, where entrants create mini cupcake versions of their favourite wrecks from the website. Here's a few of my favourites:

A cupcake version of this glorious wedding cake wreck.

A cupcake of the bride with no budget (or taste.)And finally, my favourite, (and the eventual winner,) a toilet roll doll cake on fire.

The Wrekorators pose with their winning Wrekplicas. Say that sentence 5 times fast.I was so happy to be a part of something so silly and awesome. Everyone there had a great time watching the hilarious slideshow John and Jen put together. If they're rolling into your town anytime soon, definitely go and check it out. Free sweets and good peeps - what's not to love?

And as if my visit couldn't have been any more awesome, before I left, I got a tap on the shoulder from Morgan of Geek Charming, and she had a present for me!

Are you prepared for how awesome this present is? I'm not sure you are. I know I wasn't. I flipped my lid. Had a cow. Other outdated phrases for excitement:

"Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!"

RIGHT?

It's little cupcake earrings that look like my Geek Sweets logo! They even have my tiny nerd glasses! Little did I know two years ago when I was sketching out that logo, that one day it would be dangling from my face. 

So thanks again to Jen and John for having me there, and to the Algonquin College Book Store for hosting such a fun shindig, and to all the people who came out and ate my poop cakes. 

Uh. You know what I mean. 

Tuesday
Jan032012

Contest: Live & Let FrankenDie

The contest is now closed! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out who won!

If you're like me, this chilly holiday season has left you with a pantry full of frozen hobo body parts just wasting away. The tree has been striped of its ornaments, the stockings folded and put away, but what to do with all these leftovers?

Well fret not, my little Mad Scientists! FrankenDie to the rescue!

FrankenDie is a fast-paced, reflex party game for 3 to 6 players from the mad minds over at NutForge Games. Think fast and be quicker then your buddies to build your very own creature from beyond the grave. It's cadaver craziness!

What's even crazier is, Geek Sweets has 2 copies of the game to give away!

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Saturday
Dec242011

Christmas Cookie Workshop 2011

It's Christmas everyone!

Time to bust out the light-up NCC-1701-D ornament that I've had since I was 14.

Because I'm the coolest.

Jealous? Yeeeeeeah, yer jealous.

And time to post pictures from the Christmas Cookie Workshop I hosted at Canterbury Community Centre earlier this month. It was just about as much of as blast as I had hoped it would be. A great group of people having a fun time with sugar cookies and sticky sweet frosting - nothin' beats it.

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Monday
Oct172011

Rocktober Tutorial: Standup Spiderwebs

How in love am I with this month? The trees start dropping their beautiful fall-hued leaves, the weather hits perfect sweater temperature, and Starbucks gets to have all my laundry money in exchange for an unending supply of Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Halloween has always been my favourite holiday, much to the chagrin of my family and friends who think Christmas is where it's at. Blame my mother for sending me to school in 6th grade with a backpack full of Stephen King novels and getting me hooked on the macabre at an early age. You try explaining to your teacher why Superfudge just isn't doin' it for you anymore. Then apologizing for scaring the other children by describing how "hobbling" is performed.

Halloween parties have been a long standing tradition for my husband and I. A proud tradition of severed head drinking fountains and giant syringes full of blood red jello shots.

You know, the kind of traditions you pass down to your children.

And since I've become a professional baker, cupcakes have become a part of those Halloween traditions. Partygoers take off their claws and lift up their masks to jam a cupcake in their face and it always makes me happy, as well as giving everyone a little something to stop the Jell-o shooters from hitting them like a ton of bricks.

This week, I'd like to share some of those Halloween cupcakes with all of you. To use in your own HELLiday traditions. To jam in YOUR faces.

First up are these simple but snazzy Standup Spiderweb cupcakes. They're easy to achieve and look great on a Halloween goodie table.

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