January 8

One, One Birthday Cake! Ahh ahh ahh!

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This Craftster post caught my eye because from the thumbnail, I thought this was going to be a felt hoop. But rather, it was about cake, and that’s pretty good too.

Pottermouth of Savannah, GA, was asked by a friend to use a vintage Wilton cake pan of “The Count” from Sesame Street to make a birthday cake for her daughter.

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The one special request, make him look, “less high” than he did on the package. You be the judge with the pictures here, but I think Pottermouth did a fantastic job! Just a tweak to The Count’s eyes and he’s good to go.

July 25

Sharknado 4 Watch Party Food Idea

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It’s almost here: Sharknado 4! I’ve been slowly getting ready for this weekend, and I thought I’d share with you a little of what I’ve been up to, including this free printable I’ve designed for serving up some fun Sharknado themed snacks.

I’ll freely admit my design is more fun than functional.  And, I was heavily inspired by this AWESOME, free printable Shark Bait Snack Cups at MyPrintly.com.

I’m also going to try this popcorn recipe for the watch party I’m going to.  I thought Nerd Love Maggie’s Shark Bait Ocean Party Popcorn Mix looked pretty tasty, though I think I might substitute red candy melts instead of white.  What’s Sharknado party food without a little gore, right?

Have you got plans to “celebrate” the fourth installment in this epically ridiculous movie series? Share your Sharknado party ideas in the comments below!

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February 27

Rey’s Portion Bread

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I’ve been on a bit of a cooking kick lately, thanks to a couple new cookbooks, but this recipe…I need to squeeze this one into the menu. It’s Rey’s Portion Bread, from The Force Awakens!

Now you can recreate this magical meal by making your own version of Rey’s Portion Bread in under a minute. Pour the ingredients into a cup, add liquid and heat, and just like that — you’ve got a fluffy, sweet, portable bread ready to take with you to the junk fields. In reading the recipe, I can only guess the pistachio green color comes from the matcha powder.

Ingredients:
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
4 tablespoons cake flour
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Place the oil in a mug and swirl around to grease the inside.
2. Add the cake flour, sugar, matcha powder, baking powder and salt into the mug, stirring together.
3. Pour in the milk and vanilla, then cook in the microwave on high for 45 seconds.
4. Let cool slightly and serve.

It’s the perfect little snack to make for your own little scavenger after a busy day of work.

December 6

TARDIS Sprinkles review and Geeky Hostess Giveaway

**Edit: Thanks to the random number generator, commenter number 4, Anna, has won! We’ll be in touch by e-mail! Thanks so much everyone and a super thank you to Tara of the Geeky Hostess!**

For years cupcakes have been a huge trend. Unfortunately, traditional cupcakes are pretty lacking in the geeky department. Thankfully creator of GeekyHostess.com, Tara, has changed all that with her array of geeky sprinkles. Now you can combine the cuteness of cupcakes with a fandom sprinkling of your choice. She offers four varieties to choose from: police box, gears, lightning bolts, and meeple. I was offered my choice of shape, so naturally I went with police box.

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yes, I even found bow-tie wrappers!

Yesterday my business, Nerds & Needles, was at Toronto Fan Days and I brought in these for treats to hand out to my neighbours and friends. They were a huge hit, everyone thought they were super clever, and I didn’t have to slave over them to make them awesome.

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Want to impress your friends and family this holiday season with some geeky cupcakes? Tara has you covered! You can enter from now until Sunday, December 13 at 5pm ET, to win your own jar in whatever shape you’d like!

To enter, all you have to do is follow The Geeky Hostess on either her Facebook or her Twitter page, then come back here and reply to this post with your e-mail address and let me know which shape you’d like! Be sure to include your e-mail in comments, that is how the one lucky random winner will be contacted.

Don’t want to wait to get your hands on some of these? Tara has provided you guys with the special code GEEKCRAFTS for 20% off over at her Etsy shop. Her shipping to me here in the Great White North was super speedy, so you’ll have yours before you know it!

December 6

A Monster of a Star Wars Cake

Star Wars Sarlacc bundt cake by Yummy Crumble

Buttery caramel flavored moist bundt cake drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce and dusted with Biscoff Cookie Crumbles.”

So begins Kathleen’s post on how she made her Star Wars Sarlacc bundt cake. A pretty tasty beginning, I’d say!

She recreated the omnivorous creature from “Return of the Jedi” in cake form, complete with little almond sliver spikes inside the center and cookie batter tentacles. I think the teeth she added are the icing on the cake (ahem – they’re made from frosting, after all…).

Be sure to check out her other Star Wars confections, such as Sarlacc cupcakes, Wampa cake, Tusken Raiders cookies, and Peppermint Jawa Brownies, as well as her Facebook page and Instagram feed. But I warn you, don’t do it on an empty stomach – her pics are mouth-watering!

Have you attempted any geeky cuisine? Tell us how it turned out in the comments section below!

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October 25

Perfect Cupcakes for Halloween

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Usiris23 posted a tutorial (and the cupcakes were made by Instructables user SemadarG ) over on Imgur on how to make these scrumptious zombie teeth cupcakes for Halloween. Believe it or not, everything on top of the cupcake is actually just fondant and food coloring.

The fresh blood finish is made by mixing red coloring gel with drops of vodka of lemon extract. The dried blood is a mix red with a drop of royal blue and drops of vodka/lemon extract. Using a brush, apply the “fresh blood” color mix around the torn skin tissue, and apply the “dried blood” color mix around the gums, especially where the gums meet the skin tissue.

Can you imagine biting into one of these, if it were a red velvet cupcake?