Billy Porter at the Oscars “Ken” Cake

This post is all about how to create a fabulous black velvet cake inspired by the gown worn by Billy Porter on the Oscars 2019 red carpet.

Category is: Red Carpet Extravaganza, and I’m serving up some black velvet realness with this 5-layer cake inspired by Billy Porter’s Oscars gown. It radiates and luxuriates with chocolate cream cheese frosting eleganza, and I’m LIVING FOR IT!

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Alebrije Crackers

How to transform animal crackers into simple works of edible art; alebrijes!

A few months back on a shopping trip to a bulk store to pick up milk, I came across a giant tub of Animal Crackers. I thought my tot would love them, but alas, the tub sat basically untouched for months. I began researching how I could incorporate them into something else, like crushing them and making a crust for pie or cheesecake, or toddler trail mix.

After the 3,000th viewing of Disney’s Coco in our home, a lightbulb exploded in my head. The animal crackers could totally look like those adorable alebrijes in the movie! If you are unfamiliar with the animated film, alebrijes are depicted as spirit animals that guide the dead to the afterlife. However, alebrijes are actually not part of a traditional Day of the Dead celebration.

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Edible Art: Banksy Inspired Brownies

These easy cream cheese brownies were inspired by the shredded Banksy artwork “Girl With Balloon”, and you will want to quickly shred through these too!

Cream Cheese Brownies inspired by Banksy

On October 5th 2018, the Banksy print “Girl With Balloon” hit a record amount at a Sotheby’s auction for $1.4 million. Immediately after the auctioning of the work was complete, the frame started to shred the artwork. When I saw it happening, I laughed my ass off. Way to stick it to the 1%, was my initial reaction. And then, of course, the artwork was deemed even more valuable because, Sotheby’s says, it’s “the first work in history ever created during a live auction.” Then I just wanted some brownies.

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Swamp Monster Cookies

An easy recipe for cute monster cookies made with devil’s food pudding and peanut butter chips!

Devil's Food Peanut Butter Swamp Monster Cookies #cookie #pudding #monster #halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday. When others bust out the xmas decor as soon as the weather drops, I’m all about pulling down the spooky artifacts from the top shelf to the main table… because they are out year ’round baby!

Now that I have a kid, I’m excited to get back into trick or treating and going all out with spooky food to eat all October leading up to the big day. I hope she’ll share the love of the holiday with me, and things are looking promising as she actively plays with the costume dress-up trunk I made her.

Devil's Food Peanut Butter Swamp Monster Cookies #cookie #pudding #monster #halloween
Candy eyeballs!

This past week when we were out grocery shopping, she was eagerly pointing at this box of decorative candy eyes in the baking aisle, so hell yeah I bought them. From that, I concocted these devil-y delicious swamp monster cookies!

To up the monster factor, I specifically used Devil’s Food chocolate pudding mix, green candy melts for swamp terrain, and peanut butter chips for swamp rocks.

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Cookies creeping out from beyond!

No need to let the dough chill! Once all the ingredients are mixed, plop about 30 heaping tablespoons onto parchment or slipmat lined baking trays and bake for 8-10 min (ovens vary.)

Devil's Food Peanut Butter Swamp Monster Cookies #cookie #pudding #monster #halloween

While the cookies cool on a wire rack, melt the candy melts according to package instructions, and then fork or splatter it all over the cookies. Before the candy melts dry, add the eyes on top as the candy will act as an adhesive.

Devil's Food Peanut Butter Swamp Monster Cookies #cookie #pudding #monster #halloween
Googly eyebombed food, yum! 

I couldn’t wait for them to cool anymore. Rich chocolate, hint of vanilla, peanut butter surprise, and moist AF… the whole batch of 30 cookies were devoured in less than a few days. 

Devil's Food Peanut Butter Swamp Monster Cookies #cookie #pudding #monster #halloween
Stop looking at me, or I’ll eat you! 

I’m ready to make them again, RIGHT NOW!

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Easy Vanilla Pudding Sprinkle Cookies

An easy recipe for fun sprinkle cookies!

Easy Vanilla Pudding Sprinkle Cookies #diy #cookie #sprinkle #recipe

Inspiration can be a funny thing. Like when you catch a whiff of your neighbor’s dinner cooking and it reminds you of your childhood so you start writing. Or you see a crazy cloud formation in the sky that reminds you of a song and you start dancing to the music in your head. I’m going somewhere with this. What inspired me to make these sprinkle packed vanilla pudding cookies?

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Edible Art: Frida Khalo Inspired Fruit Salad

A fruit salad recipe inspired by a still life painting by Frida Khalo.

Over the past month, my kid has been all about watching the animated movie Coco. Seriously, first thing in the morning, after naptime, and before bed, the requests are non-stop until I hit the play button on the remote. I love that it has inspired her to pick up her little 1 string guitar (once upon a time it had 6) and dance around the apartment strumming to whatever words she feels like singing.

Another cool thing about this movie is how much artist Frida Kahlo is featured! Like when Hector tries to impersonate her so he can cross the bridge, and when Miguel meets her in her studio chock full of imagery she was known for along with her pet monkey.  There, she previews a rehearsal for him with a papaya resembling birth, and mothers milk made by tears from a cactus that looks like her, to which she asks Miguel “Is it too obvious?” Continue reading “Edible Art: Frida Khalo Inspired Fruit Salad”

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Edible Art: How to Make Obliteration Cheesecake

A fun cheesecake recipe inspired by the artwork of Yayoi Kusama.

I’ve been craving cheesecake a lot lately, especially cheesecake flavored fro-yo topped with cheesecake bits. So I was excited to finally have time to whip together this Yayoi Kusama inspired cheesecake over the weekend. Did you know that National Cheesecake Day was this week too?! Honestly I didn’t, so let’s mark our calendars for July 30 next year and do this again. Cool, it’s a date. Continue reading “Edible Art: How to Make Obliteration Cheesecake”

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Edible Art: Punk Inspired Spaghetti with Garlic Butter Wine Sauce

A fun spaghetti recipe inspired by Sex Pistols album art.

Music and art are the catalyst of inspiration behind all my recipes and projects. This one combines both as it’s inspired solely by an album cover that currently hangs on the wall in my toddler’s room; Sex Pistol’s Never Mind the Bollocks.

One day, she requested pasta for lunch… okay she requests pasta, popsicles, and pickles everyday. She’s been really into that ‘p’ sound lately as she’s learning to speak, so I decided to ‘p’unk up the ‘p’asta to look like the ‘p’ink and neon green ‘P’istols album! Continue reading “Edible Art: Punk Inspired Spaghetti with Garlic Butter Wine Sauce”

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Edible Art: Kusama Inspired Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles

A fun pumpkin truffle recipe inspired by the artwork of Yayoi Kusama.

This is the second recipe I created after being inspired by a memorable visit to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama‘s traveling exhibit “Infinity Mirrors”, when it was at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC. So what do Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles have to do with contemporary art?

Well, reflecting (har-har) back to the time I took my little spawn nugget to see the polka dot displays made famous by Kusama, I remembered the walk-in exhibit “All the Eternal Love I Have For the Pumpkins.” Created with LED lit pumpkins reflected for eternity in a black glass lined room, the sea of polka dotted gourds glowed for as far as the eye could see. My baby was so taken by this display, I watched her head sway left to right as she gazed at the illuminating yellow light emitted below her.

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