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September 19, 2010

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all! And happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day, as well! More grog all around!

First, an announcement: Don’t forget to enter my Barbara Kingsolver giveaway! I’ve got copies of The Lacuna, Prodigal Summer, and The Bean Trees to send out, and I’m going to be picking the winners at some point tomorrow. Entry information is available at the bottom of my review of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Second, a thank you to everyone who participated in BBAW, a special thank you to everyone who stopped by here to check out the Book Blog Search Engine (I’ll be doing the big update later today), and an extra-special unicorniriffic thank you to everyone who mentioned the search engine on their blog. Real life responsibilities kept me from really participating in BBAW this year, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the heck out of all y’all. Keep being awesome!

Finally, it’s strictly not book-related, but I have to share the recipe for the amazingly good cupcakes I made this week. No, wait! It *is* book-related! I made them for our True Blood finale party, and True Blood is based on the Sookie Stackhouse books. So it’s totally relevant. Plus: cupcakes! They’re my favorite food group.

Bleeding Heart Cupcakes

  1. In a food processor/blender, purée 1.5 cups cut-up strawberries and raspberries.
  2. In a pot (nonstick will make cleanup easier), boil 1.5 cups water and 1.5 cups sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, add in the fruit. Turn the heat down to medium-ish, enough to keep it simmering but not enough so that you get boiling strawberry spatters all over your stovetop.
  3. Mix ~3 heaping spoons (regular, not measuring) of cornstarch with a little bit of warm water in a measuring glass to form a slurry, then add to cooking fruit. (Don’t skip the slurry step, or else you’ll wind up with cornstarch lumps in your filling. Mmmm.)
  4. Cook down, stirring frequently, until it’s reduced by half, or a little less (maybe 20 minutes?)
  5. Cool.
  6. Make a batch of white vanilla cupcakes from your favorite recipe/mix. Let cool. (The amount of filling should be enough to fill 24 cupcakes with a little left over; leftover filling is also really good heated up and drizzled over lemon sorbet.)
  7. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke a hole in the top of the cooled cupcakes, and wiggle it around a bit to create a hollow inside.
  8. Using a decorating gun/pastry bag/anything with a nozzle with a wide bore to inject the filling into the cupcakes. Anything that oozes back out of the top can be wiped away.
  9. Frost tops with vanilla frosting. If you’ve got way too much time on your hands, decorate with twee little hearts cut out of strawberries.

And, just like that, you’ve got fantastic berry-filled cupcakes that look and taste way fancier than the amount of effort they take. Or, if you’re a True Blood fan, you’ve got super-pale vampires filled with red glistening vampire goo. They don’t have quite the same explosive force as a vampire when they’re staked (i.e. stabbed with a chopstick), but they’re also less likely to burn upon incidental contact with sunlight.

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2010 11:36 am

    Yum! Your cupcakes look delicious.

  2. September 19, 2010 11:38 am

    Those cupcakes look really good!

  3. September 19, 2010 11:56 am

    I love cake and cupcakes with stuff poked through the middle! And what a great idea for a True Blood celebration! But how can it help us with the WAITING till next season?!!!!!

    • September 20, 2010 9:29 am

      rhapsody – I feel like with enough cupcakes, and a chance to re-read book 4 (my favorite!), I can make it through most things. :)

  4. September 19, 2010 11:58 am

    Oh my gosh, those cupcakes look fabulous – I wish I could have come to your party!

  5. September 19, 2010 12:29 pm

    Arrr! Your cupcakes look delicious, matey! (Except I actually call people “matey” so I don’t know if that counts as talking like a pirate.)

    • September 20, 2010 9:30 am

      Jenny – I think that just means you’ve spread your pirate speak into everyday life, which is how it should be.

  6. September 19, 2010 2:11 pm

    Yum! I haven’t seen the finale yet. We’re doing our marathon day (4 episodes left) this coming Saturday.

    • September 20, 2010 9:31 am

      christina – 4 episodes left? That means you haven’t seen yet one of the best things I’ve seen on television all year; you’ve got some treats coming! Enjoy the marathon!

  7. September 19, 2010 3:00 pm

    Bwahahahaha! I love your blog title :) And cupcakes are my favorite food group, too. Will definitely have to make these sometime soon!

  8. September 19, 2010 3:09 pm

    Oh, those cupcakes look fabulously yummy and gruesome! I guess I should start watching True Blood…

    • September 20, 2010 9:32 am

      Gavin – You can make the cupcakes without watching True Blood, but they’re both so good, and better in combination!

  9. September 19, 2010 3:22 pm

    Mmm! I just love cupcakes. I actually went to the local gourmet cupcake shop yesterday and got a Dirty Blonde (chocolate buttercream on vanilla cake) and Red Velvet cupcakes.

    • September 20, 2010 9:33 am

      Ladytink – I am very lucky that our town doesn’t have a gourmet cupcake shop (or if it does, I don’t know about it), because otherwise I would be a) broke, and b) spherical.

  10. September 19, 2010 4:48 pm

    Oh, those cupcakes look delicious, especially with those strawberry hearts. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. September 19, 2010 9:43 pm

    Oh, wow, yummy! I want to make some NOW!
    We’re watching the True Blood finally tomorrow actually, maybe I could make some them. Tasty idea!

    • September 20, 2010 9:34 am

      kay – You should! They’re relatively fast, since you can make the filling while the cupcakes are baking, and cool them both at the same time.

  12. September 19, 2010 11:19 pm

    Looks scrumptious! Talk Like A Pirate Day got to you eh? :)

  13. September 20, 2010 4:47 am

    Dude, those cupcakes look delicious!

  14. September 20, 2010 6:57 am

    Yum! These look beautiful, even to a person like me who, well, doesn’t eat cupcakes.

    Here’s my Sunday Salon:

  15. September 20, 2010 8:47 am

    Cupcakes and unicorn rides – what could be sweeter!

  16. September 20, 2010 12:28 pm

    O yum. Wow. Yum.

    Yay! I get a unicorniriffic thank you! (wow, that was really hard to spell).

    I love your search engine. Thanks again!

  17. September 20, 2010 5:21 pm

    I love love love the search engine. I use it all of the time. Thank you for maintaining it. It makes adding other reviews to my posts a cinch!

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