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The Cupcake Bakery

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The Cupcake Bakery


I just discovered the new Melbourne Central outlet of The Cupcake Bakery.

The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming, but I’d have to say the store lacks some of the whimsy and cosiness of Little Cupcakes on Degraves Street. While they do have some seating and sell T2 tea, this store is definitely geared toward takeaway, and would not provide a particularly relaxed eat-in experience.

The Cupcake Bakery - Melbourne Central

The Cupcake Bakery - Melbourne Central


I purchased a chilli choc cupcake in lieu of lunch. The cake base was moist and well cooked. The frosting, while attractive, was a little bit grainy. Strangely it also seemed to be vaguely coffee flavoured – an odd choice for a chilli choc cupcake! As for the chilli, if I had eaten this cake slowly, without knowing what it was, I would probably not have guessed it was chilli choc. There was an extremely subtle warmth to the cake base, that warmed up the more you ate, as is the way with chilli. It was a pleasant cupcake, but disappointing on the chilli front.
ChilliChoc Cupcake

ChilliChoc Cupcake


I also held out hope that the little chilli decoration would pack a punch. Alas – only sugar! :)

Geek Cakes

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letuescarpe over at Craftster has made a motherboard cake! I love the ram wafers and cute little intel chip.

Brings to mind the Chocolate Dalek Cake I saw a while back over at Chocablog. It comes complete with tutorial instructions. I always wanted to give it a try. My Dad’s birthday’s coming up… I wonder if a smaller version might be possible. Two layers of chocolate cake and two layers of chocolate swiss roll might be a little on the excessive side. But then, it’s a chocolate dalek – it’s supposed to be excessive!

I think I like it even more because it’s home-made, and therefore achievable. This Rubik’s Cube Cake is extremely awesome, but it’s clearly a professional job, and thus doesn’t inspire the same excitement that I could recreate the moment while dancing around the kitchen to Daft Punk, up to my elbows in chocolate.

Inspired by geek food? There’s an entire blog dedicated to geekcake! Of course there is, this is the Internet. I particularly like the xkcd cake.

Faux Leather Neck Corset

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Recently I have been inspired by the steampunk aesthetic, and I have started making myself an outfit and accessories to wear to steampunk events.
Here’s my self-drafted “leatherette” steampunk neck corset.

Faux Leather Neck Corset

Showing back eyelets and lacing

Showing back eyelets and lacing

I wanted a leather look, but I lacked the tools and the courage to work with real leather. The best alternative I could find was to buy an artificial leather BBQ apron from my local $2 store. This stuff is very easy to work with, doesn’t stress my sewing machine out, can be ironed, and I think looks passably leatheresque. :)
To take my neck measurements I covered my neck in a layer of cling wrap, then a layer of masking tape. Luckily there were no witnesses to me jumping around attempting to cut it off down the centre back seam. :) The things we do…

I used cable ties for bones, extra leatherette for binding, bronze eyelets and a length of leather thong for the lacing. In the image it is laced very loosely, which is why there are so many wrinkles. As it’s really only intended as a costume piece I didn’t make a lining. All up this little experiment cost me about $4 and an hour of my time.

Monkey Breath

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It is a long established fact that children will oft be more interested in a cardboard box than whatever goodies were shipped inside it. Personally I’ve always been more interested in the packing materials used to stop whatever was shipped from jiggling about en route. Who doesn’t love bubble wrap, for instance? Are corn-based biodegradable packing peanuts not entirely awesome? My Acme klein bottle came with an entire pamphlet of suggestions on interesting things to do with packing peanuts, including but not limited to licking them and sticking them to your nose.

But not to be out-done, ThinkGeek has come up with an even more awesome packing solution: monkey breath!

Free Monkey Breath Enclosed!

Free Monkey Breath Enclosed!

ThinkGeek Lubs Me!

ThinkGeek Lubs Me!

These little plastic pillows of love are quite possibly the neatest thing since sliced bread. The rest of the package pales in comparison, and will not be shown for possible birthday/Christmas spoilage.

Pumpkin & Fruit Muffins

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I nabbed the free Coles magazine from the supermarket for something to distract myself with. Food is a good distraction. I modified the Pumpkin and Sultana muffin recipe and came up with this.

Pumpkin & Fruit Muffins

Makes 12

1 3/4 cups self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup mixed dried fruit

1 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin

  1. Preheat oven to 160C fan forced. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with patty cases.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, egg and oil. Combine milk mixture with flour, fruit and pumpkin.
  3. Fill muffin cases. Bake for 20-25 mins, until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on a wire rack. Store in airtight container.

Muffins can be frozen. Wrap individually in plastic wrap to freeze. Thaw when required.

My first batch were in the oven for slightly longer than 25 minutes, and came out slightly overcooked. I used fruit containing mixed peel, which gives them a lovely interesting tang that the original version would have lacked.

Pumpkin & Fruit Muffins

Pumpkin & Fruit Muffins