Friday, April 1, 2011

happy to give

Hi, friends. If you can, would you come down and see me and buy a couple dozen little Mochi Cupcakes for Japan tomorrow?

Bake Sale for Japan
TOMORROW, April 2, 10:00a-2:00p
3823 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
cash and checks ONLY

There will be green tea, chocolate and strawberry mochi cupcakes from your Professional Bakist, packaged in half-dozens and dozens, single- and multi-flavor packs. All sales are by donation, so give what you can.

If the Eastside is a little too far to trek, check out the Bake Sale For Japan website for additional locations around LA and around the country. My mochi and I won't be offended - as long as you're giving somewhere.

For these adorable mini cupcakes, I revisited the recipe I used for my Dad's birthday. I was going to bake them straight up in mini cupcake pans, but I'm making about 12 dozen, and didn't think filling and refilling the two mini pans I have would be very efficient. The cakes also bake up to a lovely, but boring golden brown exterior, and I really wanted to highlight the brilliant pastels of the green tea and fruit variations I would be making. So, after spending literally an hour staring at the baking section of Sur La Table, I decided it would be best to bake the batter in an 18x12 inch pan (which only barely fit in my oven) and then stamp out the "cupcakes" with a 1 1/2-inch fluted biscuit cutter. That way, the pretty coloring can be revealed in all its glory. I'm so shallow.

I have a dinner tonight, so thought it would be best to a) test out of one of the variations (the chocolate one) and b) use this opportunity to test how long I would need to bake a pan this size (45 minutes), wait for it to cool (about 30 minutes) and then stamp out the approximately 4 dozen "cupcakes" (a really long time). But that's okay. It's all for a good cause, and now I know how to pace myself for the 3 cakes in the morning.

I do hope you can come out and support. And insider tip, Pazzo Gelato, conveniently located right next door, opens at 11a. I'm sure you could make yourself a fine breakfast with a cup of gelato and something delicious from the bake sale. See you tomorrow!


Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

I bought your mochi cupcakes! They were so cute and colorful that I had to after I dropped off my own baked goods. And as a bonus I discovered your blog! :) Oh and yes they were delish the BF especially enjoyed them.

Ngoc said...

Thanks, Lindsey! So glad you liked them! So excited we were able to help raise +$15k. :)