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04.18.2014 IEShine.com, IEShineOn.com Comments Off on The Secret To Delicious Cupcakes – Two Recipes, A Prelude To Tasty Delights

The Secret To Delicious Cupcakes – Two Recipes, A Prelude To Tasty Delights

Inland Empire Cupcake Fair "Cupcakes for a Cause" on May 4, 2014 at the Riverside Convention Center. Cupcake judging, tasting, live entertainment, free massages, vendors and lots of activities! Tickets available at IEShineOn.com/cupcakes

Inland Empire Cupcake Fair “Cupcakes for a Cause” on May 4, 2014 at the Riverside Convention Center. Cupcake recipes, judging, tasting, live entertainment, free massages, vendors and lots of activities! Tickets available at IEShineOn.com/cupcakes

 

(Riverside, CA) Inland Empire baking enthusiasts, and all cupcake lovers  get ready to be inspired!

 

The Second Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair “Cupcakes for a Cause” is set for Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Riverside Convention Center from 12-4 p.m.  The fair has cupcake tastings, judging, giveaways, live entertainment, cake decoration demonstrations by California Cake Decorations & Supply Co., live entertainment, free massages, a kids’ zone, Active Zone, craft corner and lots of shopping!

 

To get ready, the Cupcake Fair is celebrating the love of cupcakes with exclusive recipes from one of this year’s judges, Sara DeLeeuw from My Imperfect Kitchen, a popular food blog and from professional baking participant Desi Massei of [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes, who is a Food Network “Cupcake Wars” winner and last year’s Inland Empire Cupcake Fair winner for Best Overall Cupcake and Most Unique Ingredient Cupcake.

 

“Professional and amateur baker booth space and sponsorships are available but are filling up fast,” said Pak.

 

“This year I wanted to do something really different and truly express how the Inland Empire Cupcake Fair ‘Cupcakes for a Cause’ is this region’s must-see, must participate and must-attend signature event for all baking enthusiasts,” said Su Pak, founder and executive producer of the Inland Empire Cupcake Fair. “This year we were fortunate enough to have Sara and Desi participate and provide us exclusive recipes to share with everyone.”

 

Tickets are on sale now.  For more information, including general admission, VIP and group rates, visit the IEShineOn.com/cupcakes. Information about the organizations the Second Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair will benefit is also available on this page.

 

Marbled Vanilla Mocha Cupcakes

Recipe by: Sara DeLeeuw, www.myimperfectkitchen.com, March 2014

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2-teaspoon baking powder

1/4-teaspoon baking soda

1/2-teaspoon salt

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted

1 large egg

1 5.3 oz. container of plain Greek Yogurt (I used Chiobani)

3/4-cup milk

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tablespoons strong black coffee

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 12-cup muffin pan with your favorite liners, plus an additional two liners on a separate pan, as this recipe will make approx. 14 cupcakes.  Set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter until the solids are completely dissolved.  Let it cool for a few minutes.

 

While the butter is cooling, in a medium bowl sift together the flour baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

 

When the butter is cool, pour it into the bowl of your stand mixer.  Add sugar and mix until well combined. The mixture may look gritty at first, but don’t worry, it will smooth out as you add other ingredients!  Add egg and mix for 1 minute.  Add the yogurt, milk and vanilla extract to the bowl and beat until well combined.

 

Slowly incorporate flour mixture in the batter and combine until their are no lumps.  The batter will be very thick.

 

Transfer 3/4 cup of the batter to a clean bowl.  Mix in cocoa powder and coffee until well combined.  The chocolate batter will be even thicker than the vanilla portion.

Scoop approx. 1 TBLS of vanilla batter into each pre-lined muffin cup.  Top with a small scoop of chocolate batter, then add an additional scoop of vanilla on top until all the batter has been used.

 

Insert a butter knife into the center of each cupcake and twist gently to swirl the batter. If you’d like you can bake them without swirling the batter, which will give you a nice layered look to your cupcake.

 

Bake in pre-heated 350-degree oven for 18-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting!

YIELD:  14 cupcakes

Chocolate Espresso Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Recipe Courtesy of Desi Massei, [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes, March 2014

 

Ingredients:

5 Large egg white, room temperature

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons instant espresso powder

4 sticks unsalted, room temperature butter

1-teaspoon pure vanilla extract

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled

 

Directions:

Combine egg whites, sugar, salt, and espresso powder in a heatproof bowl of a stand-alone mixer.  Whisk ingredients together.  Set over a pan of simmering water (double boiler). Whisk constantly by hand until the mixture is warm to the touch, and when rubbed between fingertips is smooth (sugar and espresso powder has dissolved).  Attach the bowl to the mixer and whisk (using a whisk attachment) together gradually beginning with low to high until stiff but not dry peaks form (they should be glossy). Once peaks have formed, SLOWLY add in butter, 1-2 tablespoons at a time until all is added.  Add in vanilla and cooled chocolate, then whisk until combined.  Switch to the paddle attachment and continue to beat on a low speed until the air bubbles are eliminated (approx. 2-3 min).  Add to piping bag & pipe with desired tip.

 

Tickets are on sale now. Visit IEShineOn.com/cupcakes for packages including VIP early entry specials and group rates.

 

Sponsored by IEShineOn.com, a website for finding the best dining, shopping, attractions and fun events in the Inland Empire.  The Inland Empire Cupcake Fair is also sponsored by Key Sponsor California Cake Decorations & Supply Co. in Redlands

 

For more information call: Su Pak (909) 257-8862 or go to IEShineOn.com/cupcakes.

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04.16.2014 IEShine.com, IEShineOn.com Comments Off on Great Cupcakes And Great Deals in Downtown Riverside

Great Cupcakes And Great Deals in Downtown Riverside

Inland Empire Cupcake Fair "Cupcakes for a Cause" on May 4, 2014 at the Riverside Convention Center. Cupcake judging, tasting, live entertainment, free massages, vendors and lots of activities! Tickets available at IEShineOn.com/cupcakes

Inland Empire Cupcake Fair “Cupcakes for a Cause” on May 4, 2014 at the Riverside Convention Center. Cupcake judging, tasting, live entertainment, free massages, vendors and lots of activities! Tickets available at IEShineOn.com/cupcakes

 

(Riverside, CA) Sample great cupcakes and enjoy some great deals brought to you by the Second Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair and the Riverside Downtown Partnership.  This year’s “Cupcakes for a Cause” is on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Riverside Convention Center.  
“‘Cupcakes for a Cause’ is not only about cupcakes and fun but we’re also about giving back to the community by contributing to social and cultural non-profit organizations that impact our local community. That’s why proceeds from the event benefit Community Connect and the California Riverside Ballet.  Another goal of the Cupcake Fair is to encourage the economic well-being of the surrounding business community,” said Su Pak, founder of IEShineOn.com and creator of the annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair.
 
IE Cupcake founder Su Pak with two of the three winners for Best Overall Cupcake and Most Unique Ingredient competition (left to right): Andrea Vasquez - Lavish Cupcakery, Su Pak - IEShineOn.com, Desiree Massei - [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes

IE Cupcake founder Su Pak with two of the three winners for Best Overall Cupcake and Most Unique Ingredient competition (left to right): Andrea Vasquez – Lavish Cupcakery, Su Pak – IEShineOn.com, Desiree Massei – [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes

While the event at convention center on May 4th focuses on cupcake tastings, judging, giveaways, live entertainment, and other activities, the Cupcake Fair encourages event guests to visit the surrounding Downtown Riverside area and take advantage of the discounts being offered by participating businesses in celebration of the Cupcake Fair.
“There are wonderful downtown businesses participating with great discount offers,” said Pak.  They include: 
  • Back to the Grind, 3575 University Ave., 951-784-0800, 10 percent off purchase
  • Gram’s Mission BBQ Palace, 3527 Main St., 951-782-8219, Daily specials include one side & drink – $6.99
  • Downtowne Books, 3582 Main St., 951-682-1082, 20 percent off purchase
  • D Dogs Restaurant, 3557 University Ave., 951-686-2176, 10 percent off  food purchase
  • Sweet Epies Bakery & Café, 3540 9th St., 951-781-6778, $2 off total purchase over $10
  • Molinos Coffee, 3660 Mission Inn Ave., 951-347-9518, buy one get one half off
  • Antonious Pizza, 3737 Main St., Ste. 105, 951-682-9100, 10 percent off purchase
  • PIP Printing & Document Services, 4093 Market St., 951-682-2005, www.printmystuff.com, 10 percent off purchase with payment at time of order
  • Pixels, 3535 University Ave., 951-683-7957, buy one, get one half off any food item of equal or lesser value
  • Hideaway Café, 3700 Main St. (Lower level in Mission Galleria), 951-686-0950, 10 percent off food purchase
  • Upper Crust, 3573 Main St., 951-783-3149, free drink with meal
  • Pacific Stiks Chinese Cuisine, 3737 Main St., Ste. 106, 951-782-0938, 10 percent off purchase
  • Reveille, 3545 Main Street, 775-773-8345, www.reveillelife.com, 50 percent off first month of unlimited classes (for new clients only)
  • Sweet Vintage Décor, 3541 Main St., 951-532-4627, 10 percent off entire store (select items excluded)
  • Riverside Art on Main, 3730 Main St., 951-403-8509, buy one get one half off scented cupcake candles and two for $10 electronic vapes e-liquid
  • The Nature of Things, Fine Flowers & Botanicals, 3512 9th Street, 951-204-2149, $10 off a flower order of $50 or more
Tickets are on sale now. Visit IEShineOn.com/cupcakes for packages including VIP early entry specials and group rates.   
Sponsored by IEShineOn.com/cupcakes, a website for finding the best dining, shopping, attractions and fun events in the Inland Empire.  The Inland Empire Cupcake Fair is also sponsored by Key Sponsor California Cake Decorations & Supply Co. in Redlands.

“Professional and amateur baker booth space and sponsorships are available but are filling up fast,” said Pak.  “The response from bakers and vendors has been excellent.”

 For more information call: Su Pak (909) 257-8862 or go to IEShineOn.com/cupcakes.
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02.25.2014 IEShine.com Comments Off on Second Annual IE Cupcake Fair Set for Sunday, May 4th

Second Annual IE Cupcake Fair Set for Sunday, May 4th

 

Decisions, decisions picking cupcakes to taste was a fun discussion at the las years Inland Empire Cupcake Fair in Riverside. The 2014 IE Cupcake Fair is set for May 4th at the Riverside Convention Center.

Decisions, decisions picking cupcakes to taste was a fun discussion at last years Inland Empire Cupcake Fair in Riverside. The 2014 IE Cupcake Fair is set for May 4th at the Riverside Convention Center.

IE Cupcake founder Su Pak with two of the three winners for Best Overall Cupcake and Most Unique Ingredient competition (left to right): Andrea Vasquez - Lavish Cupcakery, Su Pak - IEShineOn.com, Desiree Massei - [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes

IE Cupcake founder Su Pak with two of the three winners for Best Overall Cupcake and Most Unique Ingredient competition (left to right): Andrea Vasquez from Lavish Cupcakery, Su Pak, founder IEShineOn.com and Desiree Massei from [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes

(Riverside, CA) The Second Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair is set for Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Riverside Convention Center.  The fair has cupcake tastings, judging, giveaways, cake decoration demonstrations by California Cake Decorations & Supply Co., live entertainment, free massages, Kids Zone provided by Seeking Sitters Inland Empire, Craft Corner and lots of shopping!

 

“The Inland Empire Cupcake Fair is back for more delicious fun! We’ve learned a few things since last year’s Premiere event and we’re excited to say this year is going to be bigger and better,” said Su Pak event creator and founder of IEShineOn.com.

 

Last year’s bakers included not only the best bakers in the Inland Empire but also the best cupcake baker in the United States! Desiree Massei from Design Cakes & Cupcakes, a three time Cupcake Wars winner and Casey’s Cupcakes also a Cupcake Wars winner.

 

Pak not only shares the cupcakes she shares the wealth. “This year, proceeds from the Inland Empire Cupcake Fair will benefit Community Connect and California Riverside Ballet.”

 

Pak has partnered with some great community organizations.  “We’re proud to be working with the Riverside Downtown Partnership, the Riverside Convention Center and Dameron Communications,” said Pak.

A delicious clover leaf cupcake from Christie Cakes in San Bernardino and it's the Double Chocolate Vanilla Bean Buttercream Dream. She won for her Orange Cremesicle cupcake - 3rd place in Best Overall

A delicious clover leaf cupcake from Christie Cakes in San Bernardino and it’s the Double Chocolate Vanilla Bean Buttercream Dream. She won for her Orange Cremesicle cupcake – 3rd place in Best Overall

 

“We are so excited to be in the fabulous, brand new Riverside Convention Center with the latest and greatest technology and comforts.  We think our guests are going to love having it there. We plan to have the IE Cupcake Fair at the Riverside Convention Center for the next five years!” said Pak.

 

The IE Cupcake Fair is a family event with cupcake tastings, professional and amateur baking competition, live entertainment, a spa zone with free massages, a kid’s zone with professional babysitters from Seeking Sitters Inland Empire and a free photo booth hosted by Shutter Cubby.

 

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 25th. Visit IEShineOn.com for packages including VIP early entry specials and group rates.

 

Sponsored by IEShineOn.com, a website for finding the best dining, shopping, attractions and fun events in the Inland Empire.  The Inland Empire Cupcake Fair is also sponsored by Key Sponsor California Cake Decorations & Supply Co. in Redlands

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate products brought their delicious chocolates to the IE Cupcake Fair.

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate products brought their delicious chocolates to the IE Cupcake Fair.

 

“Event, booth, table space and sponsorships are available but are filling up fast,” said Pak.  “The response from bakers and vendors has been excellent.”

 

For more information call: Su Pak (909) 257-8862 or go to IEShineOn.com/cupcakes.

 Enjoy the slide show from last years Inland Empire Cupcake Fair in Riverside, CA

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