Editor’s Note: This is Tamra’s first post with Grace & Spunk, so she is showing us some of her best baking/cooking highlights. Her upcoming posts will be how-tos so you can recreate some of her baking goodness at home! Enjoy!
I wanted to use my first post as an introduction. They say most people are either good at baking or cooking, luckily I think I am good at both, and my friends and family seem to agree. I usually bake more because being a single gal in the city cooking a meal every night isn’t always practical, especially when I am usually at a show or dance class. I do every so often make a meal and then use it for leftovers the next couple of days. I love to take pictures, randomly burst out in song, go to dance class, and don’t always believe in wearing matching colors.
I bake when I am bored, or when I am sad, or if I need a special gift for someone. Nothing picks spirits up like giving someone something you made and seeing their face light up. In my bio on the site I mentioned that I also love theater. Sometimes I am inspired to create things for shows or the people in them. The following are pictures of some of my favorite baked goodies!
Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes, with chocolate shavings:
I made a cake for Landon Beard the day he left Altar Boyz, one of my favorite shows. Yes I even cut a small picture of him out, laminated it, and put it in the window.
I cannot take credit for this idea which came from Broadway’s Hunter Bell. He suggested that people should make a Tony Award cake, so I did.
I even had to go to Home Depot to get supplies! The base is made out of cake, and then the medallion was a large rice krispy treat. I used edible glitter to make it god, and used gold glitter gel to draw the detail on the medallion. I used a marshmallow covered in the same manner and a wooden dowel ran through the whole thing to support it. I was convinced the cake would fall apart but amazingly it lasted an hour or so before we cut into it.
One of my favorite bands, Van Tramp, had this as their log so one day I made a cupcake inspired by it. Sadly the band is no longer a group but at least I still have their music!
This was a shot made for New Year’s Eve. It tasted like a chocolate covered pineapple and I put vodka infused whip cream on top. I mean really who would have thought, and it turned out to look super cute!
I love a good Piña Colada and after the making the Irish cream cupcakes I thought to myself that I should try this next. I spent a lot of time searching on the net for a good pineapple coconut type cake and frosting recipe, but they all seemed to be far too complicated for a quick cupcake or I didn’t like the balance of ingredients. Then I got a brilliant idea! I decided I would use white cake mix, and instead of water I made it with a Piña Colada drink mixer! I also had a can of pineapple chunks so I pureed them in my blender and made frosting out of cream cheese, butter, Piña Colada mix, and the pureed pineapple… it was almost sinful! I made them right before Easter so I put these little bunny toothpicks I got from Michael’s in.
It was national margarita day so naturally my roomie and I decided what better thing than to have a margarita! We found your typical frozen margarita recipe online, but instead of using ice, I decided to use frozen pineapple. It was pretty much the best idea ever!
I love rainbows and I love cupcakes so made rainbow cupcakes!
So I love Godspell, currently playing at The Circle in the Square theater on Broadway. There is a scene where Jesus is separating the goats from the sheep. I wanted to make cake pops and give them to the cast. I thought about what I could do for a really long time and then this idea popped into my head. I envisioned making goats and sheep, but didn’t actually that I would be able to pull it off… sure enough I did! I made 5 goats, 4 sheep, and a Jesus. I used fondant for their heads, and the horns, and goat eyes and ears. They came out so well I almost didn’t want to give them away!
I really love onion soup, I really really do! I found this recipe online and it sounded delicious! It called for a Dutch over and said it would take 4 hours… crazy right? It was so worth it! You can see the onions caramelizing in various stages and then the final result, it was yummy! I will change a few things the next time I make it through!
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Tamra Sheehan, contributor, is a spunky girl originally from Dracut, MA but now considers NYC to be her home. She is a lover of all things theatre, and never goes anywhere without a sharpie or camera! She loves the number 4 and most importantly gets insane joy from baking and cooking, just not the dishes that goes along with it!!!!