Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sasha's Kitchen: Eat Me: Alice In Wonderland Themed Cupcakes Series


As most of my readers are probably aware by now, I love making cupcakes.  My passion for cupcakes is two-fold.  First, I love making cupcakes in different delicious flavors and experimenting with lovely frosted cupcakes from key lime to chocolate to vanilla to gingerbread.  In addition, I also love cupcake decorating and turning my cupcakes into miniature works of art.  I have done cupcakes that look like the great modern art masters of the 20th century in my modern art cupcake series, and of course sushi cupcakes.  Today, I introduce my series of Alice In Wonderland Cupcakes, inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic novel.  I made these cupcakes together with my often-sous chef Alicia, who was actually named after the main character, Alice (her mom did her thesis dissertation on the novel).  We had a fabulous time creating an original series of Alice in Wonderland cupcakes inspired by the novel - including the the Mad Hatter's hat, the White Rabbit's watch, the Doormouse, Tweedlededum, the Cheshire Cat and the Caterpillar.


The cupcakes that we made tasted great too (if you were willing to destroy the beautiful designs to eat them, which is quite hard to do, actually).  They are gingerbread cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting.  I promise to share the recipe for the plain cupcakes in a future post that focuses only on the cupcakes, but for today, I wanted to share the Alice In Wonderland inspired designs that we created last weekend.  Please leave a comment on this post and let me know which ones are your favorites!

The cupcakes are all made out of colored fondant that I purchased from NY Cake in a couple of different varieties.  The fondant was very easy to work with - kind of like sculpting out of Play Dough to create beautiful food art.   Without further ado, here are the photographs from my "Eat Me" Alice in Wonderland Series of cupcakes:

The Mad Hatter's Hat Cupcakes:
The eccentric Mad Hatter and his hat are probably one of the most famous characters from the Lewis Carroll novel at the tea party.








The Cheshire Cat and his famous mischievous grin are one of the most recognizable images from Alice in Wonderland.  We did the Cheshire Cat into a cupcake, as well as an offbeat goofy cupcake that simply personifies his grin.






The White Rabbit is one of my favorite characters from Alice in Wonderland.  He is always quite worried about being late, so for him, we created cupcakes that look like his pocket watch.  "I'm Late! I'm Late! For a very important date!"



The Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar is another distinctive character from the Lewis Carroll novel.  We weren't sure how to make him at first, and I used some artistic license in making him blue and yellow rather than simply blue.  In the end, I was quite happy how he turned out, with a small pipe in his hand.



Next up are Tweedlededum and Tweedlededee.  I only made one of these rolly polly guys, since they look the same.  I used some artistic license in simply creating a cupcake that personified their pants, suspenders and striped shirt, and their roundish (cupcake-like) shape.  They actually first appear in Lewis Carroll's sequel, Through The Looking Glass.



Eat Me and Drink Me are one of the two famous quotes from the Lewis Novel where Alice grows, shrinks and changes form based on the potions, elixirs and other things that she ingests.  We created two "Eat Me" cupcakes, and really who wouldn't want to eat them anyhow?


We did not do the Queen of Hearts or her famous croquets with flamingos on the mallets, but in spirit to the Queen, we did do a playing card cupcake.  "Off with their heads!"



The Doormouse is another character from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.  I wasn't as happy with how he came out as the others - we just did a small mouse in a teacup.


Hope you enjoyed my cupcake tribute to Alice in Wonderland.  Leave a comment and let me know which cupcake is your favorite!


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22 comments:

  1. Where were you when I hosted the Alice party in February? Pix are on JessFinds. These are fantastic! I am especially fond of the caterpillar. And anything that says "eat me" brings out my inner 10 year old. Love it.

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  2. Wow you are amazing me here, do you have a bakery? Great talent here!

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  3. These are GREAT!!!!! It is difficult to select only one favorite. My favorites are: Tweedledee, the Caterpillar, both Cheshire cat variations and Eat Me.

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  4. These are wonderfully creative and beautifully executed. You put me to shame :-) I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  5. These are so cute, Sasha! I admire the ability to decorate and make pretty things...
    Oh, and I need to see that movie soon-I love Johnny Depp!

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  6. Fun! My son's girlfriend would love these. She makes amazing cupcakes too. So creative!

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  7. I am the mother of Sasha's sous-chef who is named after Alice. My favourite cupcakes are my Ali and Sasha, but after them the caterpillar and the playing cards. Way to go, love from Monique

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  8. So cute, I love creative cupcakes, you are definitely talented.

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  9. Outstanding! My favorite is the Cheshire Cat. What fun you must have had.

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  10. These are MAD cool!! Can we buy some?? It's a toss up! Love the cat. Love the hats. But I think that caterpillar is just too adorable.

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  11. I tip my hat to you, those are awesome looking. You should be a cake decorator.

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  12. Aaw these are so cute! You are so talented

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  13. Cool! I love eating cupcakes!

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  14. These cupcakes are super cute, awesome creations!

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  15. This has so much whimsy and fun - they would be hard to eat (but ginger... I'd sure try eating them!) I love the rendition of all - I tried to pick a favorite but couldn't. My Mad Matter's off tips to your expertise.

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  16. they were so much fun to make; thanks for making me your sous-chef -- it's always a blast! hope to see u soon xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  17. these are so cute..my girls would flip for these..great job

    sweetlife

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  18. OMG, this is so COOL! You did a great job! They all look so perfect.
    Have a nice day!

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  19. I love the Eat Me ones and the Caterpillar!

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  20. ...Amazing and beautiful. My name is Alice - (though I now spell it with a "y") I collect Alice in Wonderland stuff - I have a few Alice tea party sets - I had an "Alice Tea Party" baby shower for my daughter - and I am now waiting for my 6 mo. old grandaughter to be old enough to have a tea party with me and some friends - I WILL DEFINITELY try your cupcake ideas - I love them! You are very talented. (btw - I work for an atty. in Florida who is a cousin of yours!) Thank you for your blog.... love it.... Alyce

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  21. I appreciate all your work and also providing a lot vital tricks for your readers.

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