Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Xtra-tufs Are a Win Win!

This was my second year participating in the RBCA Annual Beer and Wine Tasting Event.  Everyone gets a little sample size glass to take home with them.  For those that don't drink, there are options as well.  It is a fun event and a great excuse to get out of the house in November.  In conjunction with the tasting, there is a Alaskan Chef Off and Dessert Challenge. The theme is always Alaskan ingredients. Last year I brought a little funk to the event with my root veggie macarons. This year I made these fun Xtra-tuf cake pops.  In additon to the total Alaskan Xtra-Tuf theme, they were made with my chocolate stout cake recipe.  The stout being Alaskan Brewing Company Stout.  How's that for an Alaskan ingredient?

They were a hit with both the crowd and the judges.  I took home first place in the dessert category.  Congrats to Kevin Lane and his team at the Alaska Culinary Academy for winning the chef off appetizer portion.  Yay for Seward talent! Seward locals took home both wins this year!

I have made these little bites a couple of times before.  Due to their popularity, I have decided to give them a try on my Etsy shop. My cake pops are always made from scratch cake. The cake is dense and moist and as close to fudge as cake can get. Since our from scratch cake is so moist, there is no need for cloyingly sweet frosting. Our Xtra-Tuf truffles on a stick are so delectable that people that have sworn off super sweet cake pops are pleasantly surprised and come back for more.

In addition to the xtra-tuf design, I also make holiday truffles (hint hint) and wedding bride and groom ones too

Congrats to all the participants. We had a great time and look forward to next year's event.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Making it legal!

We're back!

In case any of you noticed that my Etsy store and Facebook fan page seemed to suddenly get quit, here is why :)

My partner and I decided to make it legal and throw together a last minute wedding.  Pure crazy!  I finished a couple of scheduled orders and then promptly shut down shop so that we could focus on wedding stuff and take a little us time after the wedding.

We had an outdoor ceremony.  Outdoor wedding, October, and in Seward, Alaska.... yup insert more craziness here! Here we are headed out for a few rainy photos after our ceremony under the trees.

Chubby cheeks!  My beautiful mom and me back at the house for the reception. Xtratufs were definitely required that day.  I am showing off my cozy slugs that ordered just for the wedding, love those things.

Our unfinished addition was the perfect place to party!

We had planned for everything to be as stress free as it could be.  Word got out that I had opted to not make my own cake.  We were calling it an "anti-cake xtratuf" wedding.  Our fabulous friends just couldn't have that. A group of them worked hard to surprise us with 4 awesome homemade cakes. Never-mind that I look ready to salsa in this pic.

Better hold on tight.  I have a knife!

Celebrating with a kiss :)