Did somebody say Steampunk Art Show?!

Why, yes, we did say Steampunk Art Show!  As in we’re holding one at the 2018 Steampunk World’s Fair and we’re hoping you all as excited about it as we are!  Here’s the general idea:

We’ll take over the hotel restaurant on Friday and Saturday and redecorate the way we do best – utterly and completely.  (Or as much as physics allows.) Just Magical Events gremlins will replace all of the boring, mundane artwork in the restaurant with your whimsical, crafty, awesome artwork!

We believe it will be quite the improvement.

We’re still fleshing out the details, but there’s a form right over here where you can submit your paintings, photographs, drawings, sketches, collages, and other fine forms of original 2D artwork.

 

Edible Steampunk Dessert Decorations for Beginners

cake in steampunk style isolated on a white

Or, if I’m honest, also for the lazy and the artistically-deficient.  And by that, I mean dead simple, and still looks fantastic! I used to think that not everyone has the time, inclination, or (eh hem, like me) the talent to make jaw-dropping Steampunk desserts. Or maybe we do! Here’s a quick list of decoration tools and products you can get to turn that every-day cupcake into a clockwork cupcake masterpiece:

Gears, Cogs, & Clockwork

Gears are probably the most universally-recognized Steampunk shape, so we’ll start with those.  The easiest way to make soft food items like fondant, cookie dough, and sandwich bread look like a gear is to use a cutter of some sort. I have a few you can take a peak at below:

This cutter is 3D printed and technically made for fondant cutting, but works well for any soft food.  They are made to order for a very good price and currently on sale at JB Cookie Cutters.  They offer a couple styles of gears which you can see at the bottom of the page as well, and you can order them in whichever diameter you wish.
Another great place to find cutters with Steampunk flare is Etsy!  Just check out this one by TheCookieCutterLady, which has sharp edges and comes in a variety of sizes.  (She also sells cutters in the shape of swords, plaques, and vintage keys, so check her store out!)

 

Edible Art

Edible paper (called wafer paper) is a great way to make your iced cookies and cakes look literally hand-painted and come in an incredible array of styles (including custom!)  I’ve found a couple excellent examples for your next Steampunk tea party:

Alice in Wonder Wonderland Wafer Paper Which of us could ever say “No!” to a Mad Hatter Tea Party?  None, I dare say!  These edible wafer paper designs are not just for children and come in 8.5 x 11″ sheets with 25 assorted images.  They’re available from Fancy Flours, who also carries hundreds of other designs as well.
Hot Air Balloon Wafer Paper Here comes Etsy to the rescue again!  QueenofTartsWafers has a delightful array of edible art suitable for your splendiferous needs.  The best part?  They’re made with potato starch, water, vegetable oil, and food coloring, so they won’t taste strange, but they will certainly look it, in a good way!

 

Breaking the Mold

Feeling a bit more daring?  Check out these extremely cost-effective and awesome-looking molds for icing, fondant, chocolate, and more!  These mold kits are all available on Amazon from Anyana:

 

Finishing Touches

Those are some good basic design shapes, but what about that last touch of class you want?  If you have a local crafting store, chances are they sell Wilton brand cake decorations, which can help you through that last mile to the delicious finish line!  Just look at some of these:

Bronze Pearl Dust

Stick-n-Stay Scroll Stencils

Gold Color-Mist Icing Spray

Pearlized Silver & Black Sprinkle Mix

Edible Mustache Candies

 

And that, dear readers, should get you off and decorating on the right foot.  Though, if you need inspiration, I highly suggest you check out the Steam Cakes Steampunk Collaboration gallery on Facebook – some of the pieces there are truly awe-inspiring and incredible to behold.

~ A guest blog by Evalynn

Chocolate Absinthe Bundt Cake: a Steampunk Holiday Recipe

The holidays, as wonderful as they are, can also be, well…a bit challenging. Okay, maybe a lot challenging.

My normal remedy for handling the headaches, stress, and drama brought on by exceptionally busy days, loud in-laws, rampaging children, and endless renditions of Jingle Bells is usually to drink.  A lot.  However, that isn’t always feasible nor acceptable, so let me present to you an excellent alternative: the Holiday Chocolate Absinthe Bundt Cake (or Steambundt cake, if you will.)  This is virtually guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser and help you get to the new year in one piece.

Chocolate Absinthe Bundt Cake

Recipe makes 1 9-inch bundt cake, assuming you don’t drink all the absinthe before you begin.

Tools

  • An electric mixer, strong arms, or an unwitting volunteer with strong arms.
  • One 9-inch bundt cake pan
  • Wire cooling rack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup absinthe
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground anise
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until fully blended after each addition.
  2. Add the absinthe of your choice (if it’s not a brand you’d drink, don’t use it); beat until blended.
  3. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and anise in a separate bowl and mix well to disperse ingredients.
  4. Add the dry ingredients from step 3 to the sugar mixture alternately with hot water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition.  Mix in  the extracts last.
  5. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9-inch Bundt cake pan.
  6. Bake at 300° for 60 minutes.
  7. Cool while in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

Optional Glaze:

If you’re like me and you like glaze on your cakes, here’s an excellent quick glaze to go on top of this cake:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon absinthe
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon water
  • Zest of one lime
  1. Once the cake has cooled completely, whisk together the glaze ingredients above until smooth. Please note: Only use the lime zest in the glaze if you plan to eat the cake the same day it’s made.
  2. With the cake still on a wire rack, place it over a cookie sheet or other pan. Pour the glaze over the cake, letting it run down the sides. Scoop up the excess glaze that has fallen on the cookie sheet, and continue to pour it over the top of the cake. Make sure to get an even coating on every surface of the cake.

~ A guest post by Evalynn

The Steampunk Cookbook

There’s nothing that brings a culture together like its food. While you can find Victorian recipes throughout the web, we’ve gone one step further and applied Steampunk’s endless imagination and passion to an entire book of delicious, practical, spectacular recipes. There are recipes for every cook from the absolute novice to the experienced chef.

It’s forever our goal to amaze, amuse, and delight you! Now you can take some of that delight home. Impress your friends and family, intimidate your enemies, and embark on a journey of endless gastronomic delight!

Pre-order now, and get a SIGNED copy of The Steampunk Cookbook that will await you at The Steampunk World’s Fair!  You can get yours right now on our ticket page!

Also, if you enjoy Steampunk cuisine, you might like our silly little Facebook page for it: www.facebook.com/steampunkfood

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”

Lady Caroline

Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance, act 2 (1893)

The Steampunk Cookbook:

A Culinary Adventure by Jeff Mach and the Steampunk World’s Fair

Introduction

Where would Steampunks be without the glories of our cuisine? Well, for one thing, we would be hungry, and complaining bitterly about the lack of tea. But on a somewhat more serious note, one of the things we first noticed when we world’s largest Steampunk festival is this:  Steampunk is not simply an adventure for the mind, or the imagination alone.  It is an adventure in music, in dance, in activity and action, in fellowship, in adding delights for each and every one of the individual senses. It is, in short, precisely that thing most poised to delight the heart of any chef, amateur or professional. It is a very literal feast for both spirit and body.

Within the pages of this tome, you will find recipes new, old, traditional and groundbreaking, original and modified. Their shared point of commonality is that they emerge from that limitless wellspring of imagination which is Steampunk, and all of the fantastic worlds near and around it!

Also, all of these things taste pretty fabulous. Let’s not forget that part. I warn you that the sheer delight we took in capturing and preparing these ideas….may very possibly have spilled over into moments of joy, in musicality, exuberance, eccentricity, and silliness of the highest order. After all, we are Steampunks. It is our goal to make the world a more ridiculous, a more sublime, and more delicious place.

A secret underwater lair underneath Alternative Universe London

September 42nd, 1826

What Sharp Teeth: An Unconventional Fairy Tale

But somehow I never like Grandma’s house
As much as I love the dark wood…

Join us for an adventure in the dark and Freudian woods! “What Sharp Teeth” is a tale as twisted as the path to Grandmother’s house – and the Big Bad Wolf bit off more than he could chew when he encountered the bigger, badder Crocodile! The reptile’s rendezvous with Red Riding Hood unravels into a darkly humorous rock opera which both celebrates and sunders the magic of fairytales. It also has elements of Steampunk, Geek culture, and a pinch of Gothic darkness, and the unusual worlds we love at Just Magical Events.

While “What Sharp Teeth” has been performed by Jeff Mach as a one-man show, this is the first fully-staged version.The show is brought to you by many of the creative team behind 2016’s SPWF production of Absinthe Heroes. It’s chock full of surprises, plot twists, Easter eggs, and – just as things are starting to get seriously silly – it arcs into exhilarating drama and storytelling.

www.whatsharpteeth.com