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.
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 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:
||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.
||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:
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
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.
- An electric mixer, strong arms, or an unwitting volunteer with strong arms.
- One 9-inch bundt cake pan
- Wire cooling rack
- 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
- 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.
- Add the absinthe of your choice (if it’s not a brand you’d drink, don’t use it); beat until blended.
- Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and anise in a separate bowl and mix well to disperse ingredients.
- 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.
- Pour batter into a greased and floured 9-inch Bundt cake pan.
- Bake at 300° for 60 minutes.
- Cool while in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack.
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
- 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.
- 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
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