Posts tagged ‘cupcakes’

May 9, 2011

an orange drink

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great weekend!

This weekend was my first weekend spent WORKING! It was really fun though, so I didn’t mind. My weekends have now shifted to Mondays and Tuesdays (which means I am on my weekend now!)

I am really loving my job. Remember how I said I was having trouble with frosting the cupcakes? Well, I think I’m finally starting to get it! They’ve even let me start frosting and decorating their “extra” cupcakes – which is a HUGE privilege!

From left to right: Snickerdoodle (I can’t not have one of these each day I’m working), Red Velvet, Buttercup, Carrot Cake, Grandma’s Tea Cake, and Orangesicle, and Lemon Drop at the top. I did ALL of these cupcakes! Can you tell I’m proud of myself? Hehe =). But these are just their standard designs!



Here are a some of their custom designs:



For a birthday:



For a baby shower:

I can’t wait until I can start doing the custom designs!



I went a little apartment hunting over the weekend (the standard weekend) as well! I didn’t see anything too promising except for ONE place. It’s a small studio and I love it. I’m corresponding with the landlord, but I’m really crossing my fingers that everything will fall through. The commute to work has been the only thing I can really complain about with my new job. It has really not been fun at all…especially at 5 in the morning! I hope I can get this place…



Since today was my day off, I cleaned up (majorly needed) and also made a refreshing drink…THAI ICED TEA!

That Thai Iced Tea is from a restaurant, but for a while I’ve been wanting to make one at home!



I found some Thai tea leaves from the Asian Supermarket:



I measured out some tea leaves…

Immediately when I opened this bag I could smell the aroma of Thai Iced Tea...mmmmm!


And then placed it in a heat-safe bowl.



Then I boiled some water and poured it into the bowl:



And set the timer for 5 minutes!



You can already see the orange-yness to the tea…that made me excited!



Then you put some sugar into another heat-safe bowl:



And strain the tea into that bowl.



Make sure to get ALL the tea juice out of the leaves!



Then pour it in a cup and cool it in the fridge!

Look at the deep color in that tea. Soooo beautiful! This would normally serve one but I had to share with Jeff so we each only got half of this tea.



Once the tea is cooled, fill a cup with ice…



Pour the tea…



And slowly pour evaporated milk over the top!



This is actually my first time buying and using evaporated milk. I’d say it is an extremely watery version of condensed milk, which is awesome in my book!



Make sure to pour the evaporated milk slowly though because you really want that two layer effect with the Thai Iced Tea.



This is the beauty of Thai Iced Teas because you can mix it around completely (which Jeff likes to do) or mix it around slowly (which I like to do). No matter what, it eventually gets all mixed up…

Yum. It tasted exactly like in the Thai restaurants. Next time, I might put even less sugar (reflected in the final recipe)!

The hardest part about this is finding the Thai leaves. Go to your local Asian supermarket though, and you should be able to find it!



Thai Iced Tea

Serves: 1



Ingredients:

2/3 cup Thai tea leaves

1 2/3 cup water, boiled

3 T sugar

Evaporated milk for topping (I used 2 T per drink)



Directions:

Place Thai tea leaves in a heat-safe bowl. Pour the boiled water over the Thai tea leaves. Steep for 5 minutes.

In a separate heat-safe bowl, place the sugar. Strain the steeped tea through a fine mesh strainer into the bowl with the sugar.

Mix well so that the sugar gets dissolved into the tea.

Fill a tall glass with ice and pour the tea into the cup, leaving room at the top. Slowly pour in the evaporated milk so that it creates a double layer.

Mix and enjoy!



Nutritional Information: 160 calories, 0.5g fat, 0g saturated fat, 35mg sodium, 39g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 39g sugar, 2g protein

May 5, 2011

first days, fun days

WHEW it’s been a LONG – but FUN – day and I’m dog tired!

I woke up earlier than I normally do, drove in about 45 minute slight traffic, and arrived for my FIRST DAY OF WORK! Seriously, I think this is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s no longer thinking “how much longgggerrrrrr” throughout the day. Okay, okay I know it’s only my FIRST day, but it was about 10000x better than any other first day at a job I’ve had!



They gave me my “uniform” today!

Now you know where I work. =)



Here’s some “my iPhone eats food” photos from my first day at work!

These are their one healthier lower fat cupcakes – made with a secret ingredient! It’s also their easiest cupcake to “frost” (hence why I was working on it!). Just dip and go!



The more experienced decorators decorated these with cute little ribbons:



These are the extra cupcakes that are made for “just in case” – just in case a cupcake that is supposed to go in an order gets messed up! Towards closing time, many customers will stop in and ask if the “extras” are ready yet so they can buy them. Or a lot of them will call or ask us to call when the “extras” are ready.

The fourth one from the left is my absolute favorite – their SNICKERDOODLE cupcake. I plan to eat one of these every single day I’m working here. It’s just a billowy, slightly sweet and slightly cinnamony CLOUD in your mouth. I brought a mini Snickerdoodle cupcake for Jeff today too, and he LOVED it of course.



For lunch today I didn’t have anything planned because I wasn’t really sure how it was going to work out. I ended up taking a half hour lunch and went to Rubio’s! Haven’t been here in forever and I LOVE their fish tacos with flour tortillas!

Trust me, there’s delicious flakey fish under there!

Well, I’m EXHAUSTED and should sleep soon, but before sleeping I need to do some mother’s day online shopping and maybe browse some apartments closer to work on Craigslist. I contacted someone through Craigslist regarding an apartment yesterday and when I got a reply back it was most definitely a scam. I HATE SCAMS! The response I got went something along the lines of “I’ve gotten tons of responses for this apartment and there’s only one person ahead of you! Whoever gives me a deposit first gets the apartment! Unfortunately my company sent me to Africa for a little while and the rest of my family is in the East Coast so you’ll have to wire me the money.” And lalalala the email is about 6 paragraphs long. There’s some merit to the saying that when someone gives more detail than necessary, they’re probably lying. There’s a saying like that right?

Anyway, GOOD NIGHT!

Have you ever been scammed? I have, a few years ago through Craigslist (and FALLEN for it – thankfully, not all the way though).

May 3, 2011

and the verdict is…

It’s been one heck of a day! I can’t believe it’s only Tuesday!

My stauge at the Cupcake bakery was scheduled for today at 9am. Because the bakery is not very close to where I live, and they asked me to come in at a time there would be high traffic, I stayed at one of my best friend’s house last night. She lives literally down the street from the bakery! I decided that if I get this job, I’ll rent out an apartment close to the bakery.

So I woke up way later than I would’ve if I had come from home, got an Iced Soy Latte from Starbucks, and drove 5 minutes to the bakery. It was nice!

My stauge today was much, much shorter than the one on Sunday. I worked directly with the owner/boss today, who is super nice and down to earth.

First she had me practice frosting cupcakes on their “reject” mini cupcakes:

This was much, much harder than I thought. Frosting cupcakes is not that hard, but frosting cupcakes exactly how they wanted it was super difficult! When the boss was showing me how they frosted their cupcakes, I thought “Alright, hand over the spatula! This should be a cinch.” =) Ehhh…not so much. None of the cupcakes up there are up to their standards.

And that’s something that I love about this cupcake bakery. They have a “Gordon Ramsay” mindset where they don’t want to send anything that’s not perfect. Love that!



They also had me practicing some of their basic designs…

The most challenging out of these was definitely the Hostess swirls – getting them uniform and straight.

I left the bakery with 2 boxes full of those “reject” cupcakes and being told that they would let me know their decision tomorrow…

But just a few hours later I got a call from them. They started out by telling me good things about me and so I was just WAITING for a “but” like “but we think we have to go with someone a little more experienced” but the “but” never came! They said, “We’d love for you to come work with us!”

And I replied, “Well, I’d love to accept!” And then came all the details which is always the fun part about starting a new job, besides getting hired of course.

My first day is on Thursday! The days I work will be Wednesday through Sundays and the hours will start at 6am and end anywhere from 1pm to 3pm, depending how busy the day is! I’m actually excited about these hours!¬†Starting early and getting out early > Starting late and getting out late.

Thanks for all your crossed fingers (and toes!). =)



In other news, here’s what you get when you mix a Pyromaniac (Jeff) and these 2 objects…



A sad me:

Jeff had an urge to burn something with that mini torch, and so I gave him this ramekin thinking it’d be safe because it’s oven proof. I guess oven proof doesn’t mean direct fire proof? There was a sticker on the bottom of the ramekin, and Jeff burned the sticker off another ramekin and it came off really well. Not so successful this time…

Even though Jeff blew up (literally) my ramekin, I have him to thank for getting this job. I wasn’t even going to apply because I’m a huge natural pessimist and doubted I would even have a chance at the position. He urged me to apply those few weeks ago, and now look what happened. I have a new job to look forward to!

May 2, 2011

eating cupcakes, working with cupcakes?

This weekend was full of CUPCAKES. In more ways than I anticipated! I’m not complaining though – let me back up to Friday night.

A few friends and Jeff and I went to Off the Grid in San Francisco. Off the Grid is basically a CIRCLE of food trucks and gives you a huge variety of foods to choose from including Vietnamese street food, Korean tacos, empanadas, Bao buns, cupcakes, and tons more I was too overwhelmed to look at. In the middle of the circle they have live music, a beer stand, and a place to just hang out!



We got there fairly early (around 6:30pm) so the lines were considerably short at the time (it got crazy crowded later). I immediately got into line at the Cupcake truck – Cupkates – because I heard they run out of flavors throughout the night. (The amazing cupcake I ate from this day was from Cupkates!)



I got 4 flavors – (I didn’t eat them at Off the Grid – saved them for later!)

From top left, clockwise: Tiramisu (yummm), Double Vanilla (double yummm), Red Velvet (Jeff ate that one), and Salted Caramel (Jeff ate most of that one because it was a chocolate cake base).



Tiramisu was sooo absolutely delicious. From Cupkates menu: A ladyfinger crust, espresso soaked cake, topped with mascarpone frosting and chocolate shavings.



Jeff really enjoyed the Salted Caramel. From Cupkates menu: A moist chocolate cake topped with caramel buttercream and sprinkled with flaked sea salt.



and of course the cupcake that made me fall in love with Cupkates – Double Vanilla.



This is me just before purchasing the Cupkates – a HAPPY (cupcake-greedy) girl!



At Off the Grid, the most popular truck was the Korean truck – the line went pretty much across the whole Off the Grid area. My favorite thing from Off the Grid was from here – the KORITO (A korean burrito, filled with Spicy rice, bulgogi (marinated beef) and other goods. Thankfully, when we got there the line wasn’t too long!



The Korito – SO GOOD.



Among all of us, the other foods we got included Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich), Vietnamese Garlic Noodles, Empanadas, Creme Brulee from the Creme Brulee Truck, Chicken Tikka Masala burrito, and Korean tacos. There were some misses (The Banh Mi and Garlic noodles), some okays (Empanadas and Creme Brulee), some greats (Korean tacos and Chicken Tikka Masala burrito – though my friends liked this burrito more than I did), and some AWESOMES (Cupkates and the Korito).

We will surely be back again! I plan to get the Korito and also want to try the Bao Bun truck.



Anyway, Off the Grid wasn’t the end of my cupcake-filled weekend. Far from it!

About a month ago, I applied for a Cupcake Decorator position at an amazing cupcake “shop.” It’s not your typical cupcake shop where you just go in and buy a cupcake – you order and pick up! And they do custom designs so a lot of their orders include making a ton of cupcakes for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, congratulatory parties, etc! And of course they get tons of orders from people who simply love their cupcakes!

So when people come to pick up their orders, they basically walk into a cupcake kitchen with people making and decorating cupcakes instead of a typical shop with a display full of cupcakes. A lot of customers come towards closing time though, when they sell their extra cupcakes!



Here are a couple photos of their cupcakes taken from their yelp page:

Aren’t they super cute?? They have nearly 500 reviews on yelp and a 4 1/2 star status! My heart BURNED to decorate cupcakes for them! So I applied.



After sending them my resume, cover letter, and link to this blog, I just went on with my life. I really didn’t expect anything from it, especially since I didn’t have any “professional” experience with cupcakes. But WEEKS later (this past Friday) I got a phone call from them asking me to come in for an interview the next day! I was ecstatic.

I think the interview went well on Saturday because they asked me to come in for a stauge (a working interview) the next day (Sunday – yesterday!). And they gave me some cupcakes to take home after the interview!

From the top left, clockwise: Strawberry (their April month flavor), Buttercup (their Vanilla flavor), Red Velvet, and Lemon Drop. I shared them immediately with my friends – which they LOVED!



At the stauge the next day I tried their Snickerdoodle flavor and Buttercup flavor (which are now my favorites!)

The stauge went really well. I love the environment – a kitchen with music playing, filled with friendly workers! They taught me how to make the frostings and icings, and also placing the cupcakes into boxes – which is NOT as easy as it sounds! You have to be really careful to not mess up the cupcakes. I made a couple fingerprints in a couple. =( I also zested and juiced a ton of oranges for the flavor of the month – Orangesicle!

They asked me to come in for another stauge tomorrow, which they said will be a little more weighty with me actually working with the cupcakes. I’m excited and I’m crossing my fingers that I get the position! I want to do something that I love.

Please cross your fingers for me as well! =)