Mardi Gras 2014 Comes To A Close

Mar 4th, 2014 by MichaelAdd Comment

Thank you all for a stellar King Cake season… it was better than last year, and here’s hoping next year is better still! We sincerely appreciate being allowed to be a part of your celebration.

Happy Mardi Gras, be wonderful to each other.

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Station Identification

Feb 19th, 2014 by MichaelAdd Comment

I feel it’s good to post a reminder now and again of who we are, what we do, and where we can be found. So, here we go:

We are Curious Confections LLC, a small Cottage Bakery in Austin, TX. We are built upon the finest traditions of English and European pastry and patisserie, with a dash of Southern Louisiana sensibility, and a hint of Texas charm.

We produce a wide array of baked goods, candies, and confections of all types — while we offer a menu, it is a starting point, not the be-all end-all of our capabilities (just ask if you don’t see what you’re after!). We make everything from the simple and elegant, to the elaborate and spectacular. The majority of what we produce is made-to-order as we do not have a public storefront or maintain prepared stock, but this ensures everything is at the peak of freshness for you.

We do, however, operate a stall at HOPE Farmer’s Market on East 5th every Sunday from 11am til 3pm, where we offer a rotating selection of our wares for immediate purchase. Come by, say hello, and have a fresh baked croissant to start your Sunday off right.

We maintain an internet presence here at our site, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where we post interesting tidbits, things that amuse us, and pictures of what we’re working on. We do the occasional contest or giveaway, announce seasonal specials, and post our weekly Market menu on Saturdays. Please follow us to keep up-to-date on what’s happening at the bakery… be warned, we’re likely to make you hungry quite often.

We also have a Yelp! page, and we encourage anyone who has enjoyed what we have made to please let the world know. Making people happy is our goal, and word of mouth is our best advertising. Go ahead, don’t be shy… make the internet jealous at your good fortune.

We can be reached by phone at 512-465-2879 or email at info(at)curiousconfections.com for information, quotes, or to place an order.

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Voodoo King and Queen Cakes

Jan 16th, 2014 by Michael1 Comment

We’re expanding our already delicious lineup of King Cakes by adding two flavors of a new style this year… this time, there’s chocolate to be had!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Voodoo King and the Voodoo Queen.

The Voodoo King Cake features a coconut cream cheese filling, a rich chocolate ganache icing, and it is topped with crisp toasted coconut.

The Voodoo Queen Cake is filled with raspberry cream cheese, chocolate ganache icing is it’s crown, and it is finished with flaked chocolate.

The Voodoo Cakes are styled in honor of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, a very long-standing New Orleans carnival krewe and parade that is known for its humanitarian contributions and outstanding social work in the African American and other New Orleans communities. The Krewe of Zulu is one of the oldest, and most respected carnival krewes still rolling a parade down the streets of New Orleans, equal to the Krewe of Rex. Both roll back-to-back on Mardi Gras Day to kick off the festivities.

The Krewe of Zulu is widely known for their very tongue-in-cheek wearing of blackface, grass skirts and leopard skins during the parade (considering they are predominantly African American), and are most well known for their prized throw… the painted coconut. The coconut and chocolate of our cakes are a loving tribute to their styling.

Voodoo King Cake – Small: $14, Large: $28
Voodoo Queen Cake – Small: $14, Large: $28

All King Cakes are made-to-order to ensure that they are fresh and tasty for you, so as a result we require that you please order at least 2-3 days in advance of need. Pickup or delivery by arrangement, or you may pick up your cake from our stall at HOPE Farmer’s Market on any given Sunday.

Call 512-465-2879 or email info(at)curiousconfections.com to place an order for your King Cake.

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King Cake Season 2014

Jan 6th, 2014 by MichaelAdd Comment

Today is Twelfth Night — Epiphany — and that marks the beginning of Mardi Gras, and more importantly to us here at Curious Confections, that ushers in King Cake season. As a New Orleans boy it would be a crime against man and nature if I didn’t insist that we offer King Cakes… not that there is any argument, as Gemma is a big fan as well. This will mark our third season providing them to Austin aficionados (to natives, NOLA ex-pats, heck… to anyone who knows and cares about yummy King Cake), and we’re looking forward to another banner year!

Mardi Gras is nice and long this year — Fat Tuesday is March 4th – providing ample opportunities to place an order, several in fact (I insist!). We’ll be taking orders for fulfillment all through the season, but if you want yours for Mardi Gras day, you’ll need to get your order in before Sunday March 2nd to receive it in time.

We offer two sizes of New Orleans-style King Cake: a small that will give 8-12 portions (depending on how polite you are), and large that serves 16-20. We have several flavors/fillings to offer as well:

Traditional (cinnamon sugar) – Small: $10, Large: $20
Cream Cheese – Small: $12, Large: $24
Lemon Curd - Small: $12, Large: $24
Apple - Small: $12, Large: $24
Pecan Praline - Small: $12, Large: $24
Chocolate Hazelnut - Small: $12, Large: $24

New this season!
Voodoo King Cake – Small: $14, Large: $28
Voodoo Queen Cake – Small: $14, Large: $28

Additionally we offer King “Cup” Cakes with the traditional filling only. These are generously portioned individual mini-King Cakes that come baked as a large muffin — the same great cake in a smaller size! They are 6 for $18. We will also have these available every Sunday at our stall at HOPE Farmer’s Market, but don’t wait too late to stop by and get yours as we’ll only have a limited supply on hand every week — when they’re gone, they’re gone!

All King Cakes are made-to-order to ensure that they are fresh and tasty for you, so as a result we require that you please order at least 2-3 days in advance of need. Pickup or delivery by arrangement, or you may pick up your cake from our stall at HOPE Farmer’s Market on any given Sunday.

Call 512-465-2879 or email info(at)curiousconfections.com to place an order for your King Cake.

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

P.S. – We’ve received some lovely mentions the last two years (in the Austin Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman respectively) about our King Cakes, and as a result have been able to share our love of making them with a wider audience. We would dearly appreciate any food writers, bloggers, journalists — heck, pretty much everybody — within the sound of our text, please mention that we are a local source for King Cakes in the Austin area. We’re a small bakery with a tiny voice, but we offer a tasty King Cake made in the finest tradition that not even the bakeries in New Orleans respect any more, and that’s too important not to share. Thanks!

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Rapunzel

Dec 18th, 2013 by GemmaAdd Comment

With a design based off of a fairy tale this is a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. The tower had a pvc base so it could be a keepsake after the party.

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Zita the Spacegirl Cookies

Dec 9th, 2013 by Gemma2 Comments

While we make sugar cookies regularly for the market we keep them pretty simple. These were the first truly custom cookies we’ve done.

Based off of the childrens’ graphic novel Zita the Spacegirl, about a young girl who’s best friend is abducted by an alien cult. Off she goes to save the day ending up as an intergalactic hero.

We found the pictures we wanted to use as our cookies and printed them out onto card. We turned the card into stencils and used them to cut out the cookie dough.

Once baked they were all decorated with royal icing.

We’re happy to say the birthday girl loved them.

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Mon, HOPE Farmer’s Market Birthday Cake

Dec 6th, 2013 by GemmaAdd Comment

Being vendors at HOPE Farmers Market we were thrilled when asked to make their 4th birthday cake. We decided to use Mon as the inspiration. He’s the subject of their very first poster and their mascot, a Jamaican monster who looks like he could use a little love.

But it’s a birthday party, so we gave him some balloons and a party hat to keep him happy.

He’s made of carrot cake and filled with cream cheese icing. Then he’s covered in white modelling chocolate and we piped on all that fur with royal icing.

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Cthulhu Cake

Dec 2nd, 2013 by GemmaAdd Comment

la! la! Cthulhu Fthagn!

All hail the Greatest of Old Ones, worshiped by cultists and feared.

How to turn something that is described as unspeakable or the “sticky spawn of stars” into cake. Thankfully some brave souls lingered and before the madness took them described “a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind.” Now that, we can work with.

Also, the little figurine that sits atop my computer provided design inspiration!

Based out of butter cake, with vanilla buttercream. He stands about 9″ tall, with about a 6″ diameter. Sculpted by hand and then covered in fondant. Apricot glaze provided the wonderful sticky, slimy shine. And the birthday boy himself was the victim, being slowly devoured.

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Christmas Is Coming.. With A Giveaway!

Nov 29th, 2013 by Gemma2 Comments

Thanksgiving has come and gone and December is waiting to pounce upon us, that means our days are filled with the scent of peppermint, eggnog and gingerbread. We love it and especially love this cold weather we’ve been having, we hope it stays around for a while longer!

As you saw a sneak peek of on Tuesday, we’re bringing a host of new items along to HOPE Farmers Market to celebrate the season. We wanted to take some time and talk about each item so you can plan ahead *grins* and also tempt you with some photographs! PLUS! If you make it down past all the tempting photos there’ll be details of a Christmas giveaway we’re hosting, a little thank you for supporting us this year!

So, let’s start off with those little tarts you see at the top of this post. They’re mince pies. The name mince (or mincemeat) is misleading. While very early on they were a mix of meat, fruit and spices, as the years have passed they are now just fruit, sugar and spices. These in particular contain a touch of port and brandy (mostly cooked out) and, slightly less tradtionally, cranberries. I love the hint of tartness the cranberries give alongside the sugar and other fruits, with a hint of orange zest too.

Next up biscotti. While, yes, they are a little dry and crunchy thanks to being baked twice, that does not mean that they should have to taste stale (unlike the ones I find in packages at most coffee shops here). A buttery dough with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries they accompany tea or coffee beautifully and also make good presents!

On to the candies! Chocolate peppermint fudge. Really, what needs to be said, a slab of chocolate fudge with peppermint candy pieces pressed into the top. Delicious!

Everyone’s favourite – Peppermint Patties! A thick layer of peppermint, enrobed in dark chocolate. We’ll be selling these in packs of four to nibble on at your leisure.

To top it all off we’ll be selling s’mores kits. Everything you need for s’mores all in one box, right down to a tealight, matches and skewers. Our already popular vanilla marshmallows, now corn syrup free, with perfectly sized graham crackers – we know, we made them to measure. Squares of Ghiradelli chocolate finish them off. Whether for you or for presents we’ve taken the hard work out, you don’t even need a campfire.

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Congratulations, you’ve made it, are you drooling yet?

We did promise a present if you made it this far, so here you go… a chance to win something sweet from us.

Start by following us on one of our social media sites – Facebook, Twitter or Instagram,

Then share a photo of you enjoying one of our goodies, be sure to tag us so we can see that you shared it, if we can’t see it we can’t count it!

A photo per item enjoyed, on each site, will count as one entry. For example, a photo of you enjoying our s’mores shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will count as three entries, but three photos of you eating the s’mores all on Facebook will count as one.

But wait! I hear you call.. Why do we want to go through all this effort? Well, here’s the best bit. We will put every entry into a hat and draw them at random.

FIRST PRIZE – a Buche de Noel all of your own, enough to serve approximately 25 people this will be the star of your Christmas dessert table.
SECOND PRIZE – a Christmas goodie box. A mix of cookies, candies and treats.
THIRD PRIZE – a s’mores kit. Since we already told you about this a few paragraphs up we’re going to assume you know what you’re getting here!

The not-so-small small print!

Open to residents of Austin and nearby areas only.
Names will be drawn the evening of December 20th. Only photos posted between the time of this post and the time of the drawing will be counted.
Prizes will be available for collecting at HOPE Market on December 22nd.
We may be able to deliver your prize if you can’t make it to the Market to pick it up. However a delivery fee may be incurred.

Happy Holidays!

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