Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Curio: Pick Your Cupcake

Alexa from Pop Elegantiarum here. Anyone who follows my blog knows that I'm all about pop culture sweets, and cupcakes are on top of the list. There's nothing better than a great movie cupcake on Oscar night, and I still haven't come up with a plan on what to bake for this year's party. Blue Avatar treats? Hurt Locker bomb component cakes? By way of inspiration, here are a few of my past film-themed favorites.

I've been meaning to replicate Deidre Jean's Fargo wood chipper cupcakes for some time now, but I'm nervous about sickening my guests:

A bit more enticing are my Sugar Magnolias. I can tell you from experience that no one turns down a Dolly Parton red velvet cupcake:

For Oscar night, instead of choosing one film maybe I could follow Leigh-Anne Dennison's example: she created these movie-treat sprinkled, poster-topped cakes for 2008's awards:

For those of you in New York with cash to spare, Eleni's bakery makes fantastic Oscar night treats. Check out last year's Oscar cupcakes:

This year, Eleni's is making equally fantastic (and pricey) best actress and actor cookies:

Enjoy! Now I'm off to figure out how to make wires and detonators out of fondant...


John T said...

What's the icon for An Education in the Best Picture cookies?

E Dot said...

This year, I'm making Serious Manicotti and a Blind Side salad, with Avatartinis. And for dessert, Pineapple-y Cruz cake.


E Dot -- hilarious! especially the serious manicotti.

but what about a single manicotti?

Nick M. said...

The Milk-themed Twinkies I brought to an Oscar party last year were not the hit I expected them to be.

Andrew R. said...

Here's a website I found with Oscar-y recipes FOR EACH YEAR. WOO! (The Silence of the Lambs recipe is not recommended...just kidding.)

If you don't follow the link, she's making blue margaritas, a matzo thingy, salad with prawns in it, a peanut-popcorn chicken breast, strawberry sorbet, and truffles with pop rocks. Which corresponds to which movie? (No cheating!)

Hint: the margaritas, matzo thingy, and truffles correspond to one movie each. The salad and sorbet are 2 movies each. The chicken is for 3 movies.

A friend of mine has eaten Oscar cupcakes from Eleni's and she said, "Meryl Streep is tasty!" No comment.

Volvagia said...

In response to Andrew R.'s guessing game, I think I'm close. The answers correspond to ingredient order.

Margarita: Obviously Avatar
Matzo: Jewish = A Serious Man
Salad with Prawns: Up (forest visuals) + District 9
Peanut-Popcorn Chicken: Up in the Air (Airline peanuts), Inglourious (film that's about film), The Blind Side (I'm guessing they have meals of chicken in the movie)
Strawberry Sorbet: Precious (Total guess) + An Education (Reflecting main character's high class experiences).
Truffles with Pop Rocks: The Hurt Locker (Richly textured arthouse movie that's about bombs)

Andrew R. said...

Volvagia-you did pretty good. Correct answers and score below.

Blue Margaritas-Avatar-CORRECT
Matzo Thingy-Serious Man-CORRECT
Salad with Prawns-Blind Side (there's salad) and District 9-HALF CORRECT
Peanut-Popcorn Chicken-Up in the Air, Basterds, Precious (she steals fried chicken)-2/3 CORRECT
Strawberry Sorbet-Up and An Education (Britishness and, direct quote, "Up-ness"-I know that's a toughy)-HALF CORRECT
Truffles with Pop Rocks-Hurt Locker-CORRECT

7/10. You need to rewatch/check out Blind Side, Precious, and Up.

Bryan said...

I think I would feel bad eating one of Eleni's cookies... they're too beautiful to be food.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

Hmm...I wish something other than the car was used as the An Education icon. Like...maybe a banana?

jimmy said...

steel magnolias.....sooooo bad so so bad. Ha-weeeee-zah!

Karen said...

I want an Up in the Air cupcake and one for 500 Days of Summer.

Anonymous said...

I didn't understand the concluding part of your article, could you please explain it more?