Sunday, May 24, 2009

I've been featured on Vegan Etsy!

I was nominated by the amazingly talented ShopDeviant to be Vegan Etsy's Member of the Week! Check out the Vegan Etsy blog for the full interview and pictures!

Thank you to Vegan Etsy and ShopDeviant for the nomination and the exposure! I feel lucky and honored to be featured by such a great team.

Stay Spooky and Veg,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Recipe Time!~VEGAN Orange Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake

Today is the birthday of one of my coworkers who I happen to like a lot, we'll call her *Ellen. Every birthday in my department the team leads usually buy a bundt cake from the bakery a few stores down from us, but the cakes are not vegan and I can never take part in the festivities. However, Ellen really likes my baking and is the type of person who appreciates a homemade touch so I decided instead of buying her a bundt cake, I'd bake her one. I chose to make this Orange Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake. It's an orange bundt cake with chunks of dark chocolate and an orange glaze topped with chocolate shavings. The best part's vegan!

Here's the recipe:

For the cake
-1 1/2 cups maple syrup
-3/4 cup vegan margarine
-4 1/2 cups unbleached flour
-1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-2 1/2 cups orange juice
-1 tablespoon orange extract
-1 vegan chocolate bar chopped into smallish chunks (I used an Orange Dark Chocolate Chocolove bar)

For the glaze
-3/4 cup powdered sugar
-2 tablespoons orange juice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray bundt pan with cook spray (I used spray olive oil)
2. Put vegan margarine in a large mixing bowl and let it soften to room temperature [do NOT melt]. Cream margarine with a spoon.
3. Add maple syrup to the margarine and stir (if you have an electric mixer this will work much faster).
4. Add orange extract and stir.
5. In another large bowl mix your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined.
6. Take turns adding some of the flour mixture and some of the orange juice to the margarine mixture and stir. The flour makes it dry but the orange juice helps soften things up. Add the chocolate chunks at intervals during this time too. Mix well.
7. Pour batter into bundt pan and bake 55-60 minutes. Use the traditional toothpick test to check for doneness (if you stick a toothpick in the middle of the cake and it comes out clean it's done, if you have batter stuck to it, it needs more time).
8. When done, let cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you can remove the cake from the pan (just turn the pan upsidedown) onto a wire cooling rack (if you have one).
9. Allow the cake to cool completely (about an hour) and then pour the glaze on top. Feel free to add some chocolate shavings for garnish.

I suggest curling up with a good book while the cake is in the oven. :)

Comment with your bundt cake pictures if you try this recipe!

Until next time,

Thursday, May 14, 2009

His and Hers Goth Newlywed Towels

Now for sale on Etsy Goth Newlydead Towels! A Gothcupcake twist on the traditional "His" and "Hers" towel sets these black towels read "Hiss" and "Hearse"!

I've had the idea for these towels for nearly a year now and I'm so happy to FINALLY have made them, I hope you enjoy them too!

Now my tummy is rumbling, must...find....braaiiinnns...

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Graves--Movie Review

I went to see a sneak peek viewing of The Graves with Scott tonight. The film isn't due out until January of 2010, but we had the chance to see it early at the Chandler Cinemas. Director Brian Pulido, as well as other members of the cast and crew were present for the showing.

I dressed in my goth best for the event--complete with pin stripe dress, hearse necklace and ass kicker boots. :)

The film was shot in different parts of Arizona and takes place in Phoenix and Unity Arizona. The main characters are two sisters, Megan and Abby, who get lost during a site seeing trip. The girls find themselves at a diner 50 miles opposite from their destination, but adventure presents itself when the waitress suggests they visit a ghost town not far from the diner that gives tours. Skull City is a ghost town full of strange people and even morbid happenings that push both girls to their limits.

I don't want to give too much of the film away, but I will say that it's the perfect movie for a ghouls night out. Main characters Megan and Abby reminded me a little of my sister and myself, so I think I will have to make my sister go see The Graves when it hits theaters next year. Even if she doesn't like gore, she'll have to see this one ;P

Even if it's not your cup of tea, in the very least The Graves is a horror movie worth watching just to see Bill Mosley wearing a pig nose and oinking.

Perhaps I've already said too much...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Cupcake Confession

I have a confession to make...I love vintage. I've been a secret collector for many years now. I love flea markets, consignment shops, salvation army stores, good will, yard sales, etc. for all of the wonderful treasures you can find. I like imagining who may have worn it or used it and how they may have looked, what the times were like.

Within the last 2 years I have started collecting vintage clothing patterns. At the time I started buying them I didn't have a sewing machine, but was ambitious. I still have yet to open them for fear the pages will be aged, but I may copy a few onto trace paper.

I sell a few vintage finds here and there in my kala~atita shop, but I might get back into hunting around for cool stuff again and make my kala~atita shop mostly vintage with some handmade accessories on the side.

Recently I've fallen in love with this seller, and in particular, feel some sort of longing for this dress.

Bizarre as it may seem as most of the vintage I like does not involve cupcakes and is not in it's remotest way goth, but alas, I felt the need to purge my secret, and share with you few fellow readers my love for vintage.

My favorite stuff is from the 40's-70's range, with a concentration mainly on stuff from the 60's and 70's.

I'll keep you updated on my latest vintage finds, wish list, and if I ever get around to making anything with those vintage patterns :)

Until the next confession,