My Crazy Cupcake Adventure — Love and Romanpunk
Thousands of years ago, Julia Agrippina wrote the true history of her family, the Caesars. The document was lost, or destroyed, almost immediately. (It included more monsters than you might think.)
Hundreds of years ago, Fanny and Mary ran away from London with a debauched poet and his sister. (If it was the poet you are thinking of, the story would have ended far more happily, and with fewer people having their throats bitten out.)
Sometime in the near future, a community will live in a replica Roman city built in the Australian bush. It’s a sight to behold. (Shame about the manticores.)
Further in the future, the last man who guards the secret history of the world will discover that the past has a way of coming around to bite you. (He didn’t even know she had a thing for pointy teeth.)
The world is in greater danger than you ever suspected. Women named Julia are stronger than they appear. Don’t let your little brother make out with silver-eyed blondes. Immortal heroes really don’t fancy teenage girls. When love dies, there’s still opera. Family is everything. Monsters are everywhere. Yes, you do have to wear the damned toga.
History is not what you think it is.
I know, I’ve been very remiss with posting these, but now that the Silly Season is over and work has settled down, there’s a fair chance of regaining some kind of regularity.
I cannot tell you how much I adored this book. If you haven’t read it, go, now. I think it’s sold out in print, but you can still get e-copies of it.
So, awesome, as I was saying. Also, purple, which is the most awesome colour in the world. So double awesome. Awesome squared? Lots of awesomeness anyway. Which must be celebrated with chocolate. I always knew these cakes were going to be a rich, dense chocolate cake, and I teemed them with a beautiful cream cheese strawberry mousse….well, I did at the launch, however, I have sadly started to develop a serious reaction to strawberries, which means, well, no more strawberries for me. On the other hand, RASPBERRIES! And it’s hard to think of that as anything other than an upgrade.
So, chocolate batter…
Into the cupcake pans…
I had nearly finished filling all my pans when I remembered I meant to do some in mini pans because I used this recipe for a few of the launch cakes…
Ha, I just discovered I didn’t take a picture of the fresh from the oven uncrossed cakes. Oh well, I’m sure you can imagine 🙂
So, the fun (and incredibly delicious) part – frosting.
Cream cheese and sugar
Add the puréed raspberries
COLOUR AWAY – add LOTS of food colouring. Now add some more…keep going. There, that should do it.
Be sure to test liberally during this process, I know I did! 🙂
The decorations I placed on the frosting were of a white and dark chocolate cameo of a Roman Lady – I imagine her to be Julia.
So first I had to carefully paint in the white chocolate
Then after sitting it in the freezer for a few minutes, I painted in the dark chocolate.
Now, when we did the launch I had managed to premake all these at home so there was no rush, last night though, I could not seem to temper my chocolate to save myself, so these weren’t as smooth as I would have liked.
So, a dollop of cream cheese frosting, and pop the cameo on top and voila
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