Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe and Decor Giveaway!
Here's a very tasty (and cute!) treat for those love birds out there or just for those birds who love cupcakes!

Dark Red Velvet Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

DRY
2 1/2 cups unbleached whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar & 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips


WET
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk (room temp)
2 large eggs (room temp)
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS
• preheat oven to °350
• in a medium mixing bowl sift: flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, & cocoa powder
• in a large bowl gently beat: vegetable oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, & vanialla.
• pour chocolate chips into a small bowl with a 1/2 cup flour
• stir chocolate chips in flour until all the chips are covered in a thin layer of flour
• then sift the chips from the flour and pour chocolate chips into wet ingredient bowl (the flour will ensure that the chocolate chips do not all sink to the bottom of your batter)
• Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mix until smooth
• fill 2 12-cup muffin pans about 2/3 of the way full
• sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top of each cupcake
• bake for 20 - 22 minutes

This is what they should look like when done



Fresh Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

1/2 lb cream cheese
1 stick of butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 box fresh raspberries
• Mix all these ingredients together and garnish with fresh raspberries!



Frosted and garnished!



Decorate

To decorate I illustrated these cute little hearts that you can glue on to toothpicks and stick in the cupcakes!

Tools you will need:

x-acto knife, thin twine string, glue stick, tooth picks, heart PDF


• First print out the PDF of hearts attached to this post
• then take your x-acto knife and cut out as many hearts as you would like (remember you must cut out 2 of each type so that the heart sticks can be double sided, there are 3 different types of hearts on the sheet)
• take 2 cut-outs of the same type of heart and glue them together with a toothpick in the middle



• finally tie a piece of twine string to the base of the heart to make it extra cute :3


I stuck one in each cupcake at varying heights and angles.


The final platter!


(not all cupcakes are included on this plate, the recipe makes about 2 dozen cupcakes)


Hope you all enjoyed and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Final Star Trek poster

If you haven't read my earlier post of this here's a synopses of the project:
I was prompted to create a poster that describes an unfamiliar process in a strong visual way. The process I chose was how to achieve top rank (fleet admiral) in the Star Trek universe. I chose this topic because I have been a big fan of the series for a long time and I also wanted to diversify my portfolio by including a piece that speaks to the sci-fi geek aesthetic. I started out with two very different concepts; one was a modern, "grungy", technological space look and the other was an art deco inspired 1950's era sci-fi throw-back look. I ended up going with the 1950's era concept and focusing on the original Star Trek series because this would be appealing to a larger audience (through my research I found that majority of Star Trek fans are fans of the original series while only some are fans of later series and there is much debate over which later series is better than others). This poster would be sold at Trekkie conventions as well as the official Star Trek website.

I made a lot of changes along the way. I made the box shapes have arrow tips on them to give the user a better sense of direction while going through the process. These arrows also bring in the 1950's Art deco angles present in the title at the bottom of the poster and in the finish line at the top. I reorganized the process to make it one long process. The line no longer stops as it did in the first version of this poster. There are a few different versions of the Star Trek rank structure, this version is closest to the original series structure. I incorporated subtle a grungy space-like/paint splatter texture in the background (this was actually from a different design option of my poster found here). I also simplified the sub-steps on the poster by having the grey line go straight through them rather than in and out, this made it easier to follow the line.

I'm pretty please with the final piece. Let me know what you think!





Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My brother's story

This was an assignment for my Visual Storytelling class. I captured my brother living life as a single father with his 3 year old son Devin as well as his life in a heavy metal band called Dimaura. I wanted to show a contrast between his quiet life as a dad and the loud heavy metal scene he lives in at night.


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