[personal profile] bertana
Starting immediately, and going through midnight on Monday, June 21:

A $10 donation to my LiveStrong Challenge page is equal to one raffle entry. Larger donation = more raffle entries.

Winner gets 2 doz cupcakes, made and decorated by me. Type of cupcake and date of delivery will be determined after winner of raffle is announced. Lemon poundcake cupcakes with blackberry/raspberry buttercream? Totally do-able. Vanilla cupcakes with strawberry buttercream? I'm trying to get my hands on some essence of violet, so that's a possibility, too. Red velvet, with cream cheese frosting? Or carrot cake cupcakes with same? Chocolate cupcakes with cookies&cream frosting? All good ideas!

Must be local, or able to meet me within a reasonable drive for delivery.

Here's an example of the lemon poundcake with a layer of blackberry buttercream and a layer of raspberry buttercream:


These were my first try using a proper piping bag & tips; I got better as I went. And I just ordered some cool new tips, so I will be practicing with those to make the final batch look more awesometastic.

Date: 2010-06-15 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amichaels.livejournal.com
I wish I was local to you. >_< We're having cupcakes with our game tonight but I am sure they are not as super delishus. I am kind of crazy for lemon.

Date: 2010-06-15 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bertana.livejournal.com
Oh, dude, I wish you were local to me, too! For so many reasons.

Maybe next raffle will be for cookies? I think cookies would ship better than cupcakes. The lemon cookies that are popular in my family are awfully delicate -- thin, crisp wafer cookies -- but maybe a shortbread cookie with lemon glaze?
Edited Date: 2010-06-15 01:01 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-06-15 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] math5.livejournal.com
May I link to your post from my LJ?

Edit: nevermind: I just saw it's locked.
In any case, you rock :)
Edited Date: 2010-06-15 01:08 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-06-15 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bertana.livejournal.com
I'm a dork, this should totally be a public post. I'm editing it as soon as I post this, and I would be thrilled, delighted and incredibly grateful if you would link in your LJ. Thank you!

Date: 2010-06-15 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] math5.livejournal.com
Done. Thanks :)

Date: 2010-06-15 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cowboy-r.livejournal.com
My, what fetching cupcakes you prepare, madam.

Date: 2010-06-15 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] richarddbrewer.livejournal.com
so if a bunch of us Arizonans bid and pitched in and say bought you a ticket for delevery... I hear there is a nice basement for you to stay in while your here. but I think you should bring your baking stuff and bake them here. ya thats the ticket. then we can bid on cupcakes all the time.

Date: 2010-06-15 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amichaels.livejournal.com
I also like cookies. >_>

Date: 2010-06-17 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bertana.livejournal.com
My Mom is trying to kill me, dude.
Last night, I got home and the house smelled all wonderful -- she had made her little bitty shortbreads that are the bestest and most wonderful cookies, ever.

Tonight? Got home and the woman made her awesome, buttery thumbprint cookies ... but with lime curd in the little 'thumbprint', instead of jam like most people I know use.

I'm DYIN' over here! She makes the best. damn. cookies.

Date: 2010-06-15 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joef-johnm.livejournal.com
Have you ever tried freezing them? We couldn't eat two dozen cupcakes before they got stale...I'm assuming they're not frosted if they're being frozen...

Date: 2010-06-16 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bertana.livejournal.com
I have not tried freezing them; every time I've had reason to make cupcakes, I've had LOTS of people around to eat them! This last batch -- we had them for dessert for my SIL's birthday dinner on Saturday, then sent a few home with them, then had them for dessert when Mom had friends over Sunday evening, then I took the last five to work with me.

If the winner of the raffle would happen to prefer a smaller batch, that is do-able. The lemon poundcake recipe makes two dozen, but I could split the recipe; my vanilla cupcake recipe makes only a dozen, but I just assumed I'd double it in order to provide two dozen.

The other thing is that, if you were to win the raffle, you could time delivery at some time when you'll have lots of people around to eat them, like if maybe Camp Cheesy Poof would like cupcakes for EK War Camp in July!
Edited Date: 2010-06-16 12:49 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-06-17 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amichaels.livejournal.com
Freezing works really well if you do it while they're fresh. You can't really re-freeze them, but all the safeway cakes and cupcakes are frozen solid when they come in. And they're still tasty.

Date: 2010-06-17 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bertana.livejournal.com
Good to know! I'm guessing it's freeze while fresh, then thaw, THEN ice? Or are they frozen with the icing?

Date: 2010-06-17 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amichaels.livejournal.com
You should be able to freeze the frosting too. When I was doing cake decoration, most of the time they would get put in a rack in the walk in freezer to keep them fresh and looking nice when the customer picked them up.



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