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Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh (2014)

My friend Jenn asked me a couple of years ago to assist with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Cosmopolitan event.  I baked up my signature alcoholic cupcakes in mini form.  It was a ton of fun.

With the changing state of things last year, I opted out of the event.  But, this year…this year I came back.  With another fun set of mini cupcakes.

For starters, I wanted to go with something “popular.”  The salted caramel icing from Becky and Ian’s wedding went over so well, I figured it would be a good option for the Cosmopolitan event.

I started with a chocolate base – because my other flavor options would be vanilla-cake-based.  I wanted to have something to offer those chocolate lovers.

Salted Caramel Chocolate

Salted Caramel Chocolate

I am always a fan of pina colada.  But, I did pina colada cupcakes for my first Cosmopolitan outing.  So, instead of pineapple, I opted for coconut and rum!

Coconut Rum

Coconut Rum

But, I still needed something people would be talking about.  I have to thank my friend Frank for his joking suggestion of bacon, maple, coffee for a flavor for his wedding cake.  Of course I took the joke to the extreme and actually came up with a coffee flavored cake with maple bacon flavored icing.  I tweaked that concoction this time around, opting for maple flavored cake with my standard buttercream icing…with bacon bits.

Maple Bacon

Maple Bacon

With 12 dozen of each flavor, I showed up for the event with a whopping  432 mini cupcakes.  (And, of course I didn’t get a pic with my little sugar army set up on the table.  But, as you can imagine – it was a LOT of cupcakes.)

Revamping, Overhauling and Rebooting, Oh My!

I’ve been giving the site a lot of thought lately.  And, I’m working on an overhaul of content.  More specifically – folks have been asking about the crazy baked goods I’ve been posting over on Twitter and Facebook (*cough* Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreo Brownies*cough*).  Since so many folks have been asking for the recipes, why not facilitate an easy location where folks can check out the fun things I’ve been doing while offering them the opportunity to make it themselves?  Granted, this revamp is still in its beginning stages, I’m hoping to have some full and regular content in the next week or so – potentially including a reboot of our “Build A Baked Good” video series and introduction of a podcast segment involving alcoholic cooking/baking.  So keep an eye out for those updates in the near future.

In the meantime, I’ve uploaded (in no particular order) some of the projects I’ve worked on “recently” including some wedding cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.

Build a Baked Good 3: Butterscotch Coconut Macaroon

Episode three of Build a Baked good is finally here, with Missy’s mother-in-law, Cathy Paulowich, and her desire for something with butterscotch and coconut.  How about a macaroon? Did it work?  Let’s find out…

Build a Baked Good is filmed in front of a live audience at Cafe Solstice in Mt. Lebanon, PA.

Have something you want made?  Want to help make it on the show?  Maybe you want to be a part of the live audience that gets a chance to sample the experiment?  Send any questions or comments to info@cafesolstice.net, and stay tuned to www.CafeSolstice.com, follow them on Twitter, of follow on Facebook!


Build a Baked Good 2: Chocolate Rizztel Balls

Episode two of Build a Baked good has finally arrived!  This episode, we welcome Zach Rizza (or the Wrestling Mayhem Show) to make an experiment involving pretzels, peanut butter, and chocolate!  We step you through making each part of this delicious treat.  How did it turn out?  Check it out.

Build a Baked Good is filmed in front of a live audience at Cafe Solstice in Mt. Lebanon, PA.

Have something you want made?  Want to help make it on the show?  Maybe you want to be a part of the live audience that gets a chance to sample the experiment?  Send and questions or comments to info@cafesolstice.net, and stay tuned to www.CafeSolstice.com, follow them on Twitter, of follow on Facebook!


Build a Baked Good 1: Bacon Dudders

Introducing our first cooking show on Sorgatron Media!  Missy Sorg invites you into Cafe Solstice to make your baked good dreams come true!  In our first episode, we welcome Katie Dudas, the inspiration for Missy’s WPXI Best Christmass Cookie, The Dudders, who wants to upgrade the chocolate-chocolate-chocolate cookie with…bacon…

Build a Baked Good is filmed in front of a live audience at Cafe Solstice in Mt. Lebanon, PA.

Have something you want made?  Want to help make it on the show?  Maybe you want to be a part of the live audience that gets a chance to sample the experiment?  Send and questions or comments to info@cafesolstice.net, and stay tuned to www.CafeSolstice.com, follow them on Twitter, of follow on Facebook!