Bakery Review: Holey Moley

DSC_1939x900About six months ago, The Milwaukee Cupcake Company closed its doors and Holey Moley moved in to replace it. What a glorious turn of events. Cupcakes are alright, but they can’t even touch the joy that is a DONUT! I went to a Packers game with some of my friends and before we hit the road to Green Bay, we picked up a box of Holey Moley donuts and devoured them. It wasn’t pretty — fighting, bickering, and yelling over who was going to get the s’mores donut… who was going to get the maple bacon donut… etc. OK, so we didn’t exactly fight — but we all LOVED these donuts.

  • My favorite was the maple bacon: a donut covered in maple-flavored frosting topped with bits of bacon. Oh. My. God.
  • The pink-ish donut in the photo above was blood orange flavored. *raise your hand if you just thought about that episode of Project Runway…*
  • The s’mores donut was another favorite of ours, as was the peanut butter-filled donut.
  • Other flavors we tried: espresso, coconut, chocolate glazed, pumpkin, and vanilla.
  • The staff was friendly and cheerful (even at 7 am on a Sunday!)
  • My only complaint is that their location is a little strange — in the lobby of a building in the Third Ward. Hopefully their business keeps booming and they can expand to have their own storefront.
  • Holey Moley is located at 316 N. Milwaukee Street in the Third Ward

Note: I am not being paid to review this bakery, nor am I affiliated with it. I just really like trying local bakeries and treats.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cupcakes

DSC_1929x900If you were a child of the 80s or 90s, you remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, Splinter, Shredder… all those names should ring the bells of nostalgia! I saw these decorations and knew I had to make some TMNT cupcakes!

Who was your favorite turtle? The tactical, courageous, and blue mask-wearing Leonardo? The easy-going, free-spirited, and orange mask-wearing Michelangelo? The tough, rough, red mask-wearing Raphael? Or the knowledgeable, science-minded, and purple mask-wearing Donatello? I always liked Donatello — because duh, purple mask… and science-minded!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cupcakes
Print Recipe

1 box cake mix plus required oil + eggs (any flavor cake mix will work!)
2 batches of buttercream icing (I would recommend the White Buttercream recipe here)
Green, blue, orange, red, and purple food coloring (I used Wilton gel colorings)
Four disposable pastry bags
A large star pastry tip
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cupcake decorations (I’ve seen them at WalMart, Party City, etc)

1. Make the cupcakes according to box directions. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before decorating.
2. Dye one batch of buttercream green. Split the other batch into four bowls — and dye the icing red, orange, purple, and blue.
3. I decided to swirl the green icing together with the red, orange, purple, or blue. For example, for the blue Leonardo cupcakes — fit a disposable pastry bag with the large star tip. Fill half the bag with green icing and half with blue icing. The colors will swirl together if you do this. If you need a visual, please visit Sally’s lovely tutorial! Pipe the swirled icing onto each cupcake, then top with the corresponding Turtle.
4. Repeat step 3 for the rest of the colors — green + red, green + orange, green + purple.

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Betsy | JavaCupcake.com - November 19, 2014 - 5:19 am

Love these! So simple, yet so cute!!

Dinosaur Cupcakes

DSC_2328x900Every semester, without fail, I become fixated on one movie. I like doing my work with the noise of the TV in the background, so I put a movie on repeat… sometimes for days. Whatever the movie may be, it keeps me company but doesn’t distract me (because really, after the 16th time watching anything, you’re over it).

Last spring it was the Breakfast Club. This fall it’s the Jurassic Park triology. I’ve always adored these movies — they’re entertaining, a little kitschy, and involve DINOSAURS! Awesome, right? Who knows what life will bring me, but I secretly hope for a son (or a daughter… don’t want to make gender assumptions!) who loves dinosaurs as much as I do.

Dinosaur Cupcakes
Print Recipe

1 box cake mix plus required oil + eggs (any flavor cake will work)
1 batch of buttercream icing (I’d recommend the White Buttercream recipe here)
Green food coloring
A disposable pastry bag
A large star pastry tip (I used a large French tip)
Pressed sugar dinosaurs (mine are from Cook’s Baking Supply in Milwaukee)
Chocolate “rocks” (mine are from Vanilla Bean in Madison)

1. Make the cupcakes according to box directions. Allow them to cool completely before beginning to decorate.
2. Dye your batch of buttercream icing green. Pipe icing onto each cupcake using your disposable pastry bag and pastry tip.
3. Decorate the cupcakes with the dinosaurs and “rocks.”

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Bakery Review: Miss Julia’s Bake Shop

DSC_2087x900I’m reviewing Miss Julia’s Bake Shop – located in Brookfield, WI!

  • I only have 7 months left in Milwaukee, so I’m trying to eat as many good things as possible — and to try as many new places as I can. Miss Julia’s was on my list!
  • I thought these cupcakes were great — moist, fresh, and the frosting was so, so good (and I’m not a huge frosting lover).
  • I can’t remember every kind that we tried, but the Whopper cupcake was my favorite! Jillian loved the pumpkin. Andrea loved the grasshopper. And Bekah loved the banana.
  • Miss Julia’s has a standard, everyday selection of flavors (like vanilla, chocolate, red velvet) plus varieties that change daily and seasonally.
  • Miss Julia’s is located in a strip mall in Brookfield. Not the cutest of locations, but at least the treats were delicious!
  • PS: they are located right behind Kopp’s… should you need a some amazing savory to balance out the sweets. All of you Milwaukeeans will know what I’m talkin’ about with Kopp’s!

Note: I’m not being paid to promote this bakery. I just like to try new places and I’ll take any excuse I can get to eat a few cupcakes.

 

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Popcorn Birthday Cake

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Happy birthday, Lori! Lori is Andrea’s mom. I’ve mentioned Andrea a lot on my blog — as she’s one of my favorite people and a BFF. Lori’s birthday was exactly one week ago. Andrea and I made her this popcorn cake because popcorn is her favorite food (smart lady because popcorn is nearly perfect, am I right?!)

The cake was relatively simple to make. It’s a basic 9×13 cake covered in icing — and topped with gooey-marshmallow-covered popcorn. Here are the instructions if you’d like to try this yourself for the popcorn lover in your life.

Popcorn Birthday Cake
Print Recipe

You’ll need:
9×13″ cake pan
2 boxes of cake mix, plus required oil + eggs (use any flavor you’d like)
A batch of buttercream icing (I would recommend the White Buttercream recipe here)
Red food coloring (I would recommend AmeriColor’s Super Red)
A small round pastry tip
A small star pastry tip
A few disposable pastry bags
5-6 cups of popcorn
2 Tablespoons butter
A half bag of mini marshmallows

1. Make the cake batter according to box directions — and use two boxes, as you’ll want a thick cake. Spray the 9×13″ pan with non-stick spray and fill with cake batter. Bake until a tester comes out clean. Since I used two boxes worth of cake batter, it took my cake about an hour. But ovens vary — so check on your cake frequently!
2. While the cake is baking, make the buttercream icing according to the directions provided in the link above.
3. Once your cake has cooled entirely, level it with a knife (in other words, slice the dome off the top of the cake — so you have a nice, flat surface). Frost the cake with white icing.
4. Dye some of the left over icing red. Use the small round tip to write “Happy Birthday!” near the middle of the cake and use the small star tip to create the stripes.
5. In a large pan, melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter over low heat on the stove. Add about a half a bag of mini marshmallows and stir until the mixture is smooth. Add in your popcorn. We didn’t write down exactly how much popcorn we added, but I’m guessing it was about 5 cups. What you want is something akin to rice krispie treats — but with popcorn instead of krispies. If you don’t incorporate the marshmallow, the popcorn pieces have no way of sticking together.
6. Cut a portion of the top of the cake off. You will need to do this to make room for the popcorn and to give the popcorn a place to sit. Don’t be afraid, just slice off the top 1/4 or so of the cake!
7. While the popcorn mixture is still warm, add it to the top of your cake. Again, no exact science here — just do what works best to make it look like popcorn is coming out of the box.

Enjoy!

PS: I hope you have leftover popcorn + marshmallow mixture — because that was our greatest discovery while making this cake. It’s phenomenal!

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Andrea - November 13, 2014 - 1:29 pm

My forearm made your blog! Instant interwebs fame!

But seriously, greatest cake of all time