Wednesday, October 20, 2010
And below is the official video for "In the Sun" (also off "Volume Two"). I love the dancing because it's fun and nothing fancy... just a little hula-hooping... Zooey shows her sarcastic, but girly side... Enjoy.
Ms. Deschanel (or perhaps Mrs. Gibbard) is actually a vegan, but she loves desserts. Zooey certainly gave the culinary all-stars of "Top Chef Masters" a real challenge when she asked for vegan desserts (no eggs, no dairy, no gluten...).
At the LA Times Celebration of Food and Wine this past Summer, Zooey told the audience that she loved desserts from Babycakes NYC - a vegan bakery, originally located in NYC, but now now has locations in downtown LA and Hollywood. So to get a vegan red velvet cupcake, visit the Babycakes Bakery. Or if you want to rock some red velvet vegan cupcakes at home click here.
And now on to the Empress of Rock, Ella G'Sell , a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles who's musical style runs the gamut from rock, soul, dance, pop, & folk. Ella's style is feminine & coquettish, but also energetic and edgy - she is the ultimate in red velvet flavor. With her thigh-high black leather boots, one shoulder dress, & sparkly jewelery, she rocks out, but at the same time maintains a sweet and sunny disposition both on & off stage. One day Ella is singing at garden parties for humanitarian functions in pink ruffles, & the next day is donned up as the Empress of Rock performing at a Hollywood venue showcasing her deep & soulful style.
Ella's fans also know that she LOVES cupcakes, and her bakery of choice is Maile's Fine Pastries located in Eagle Rock which features made-to-order gourmet cakes, pastries, and even vegan cupcakes. And in true rocker fashion, Ella's fav cupcake flavor- Baileys Irish Cream, sweet with a shot of liquor!
And now on to our cupcakes!
Rockin' Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (Makes about 18 cupcakes)
Here is what you need:
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (cake flour will yield a more fluffy texture, but regular flour works too!)
• 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
• 2 large eggs, room temperature
For the Cream Cheese Frosting: (This makes a sizeable amount of frosting - I plan to use my leftovers for banana pumpkin bread)
• 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
• 1 stick butter, softened (let it out sit out for an hour or so or pop it into the microwave for 10 seconds)
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 cups confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
• Garnish ideas: fresh raspberries, strawberries, or sprinkles
Here is what you do:
For the Cream Cheese Frosting (which is soooooo yummy):
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the powered sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
And now frost and decorate to your hearts content! And because of their super red color, these are great devilish Halloween cupcakes.
Wishing you all a sweet, but RAAR day!
Hugs and Kisses.