Mother's Day Gifts at Rockin' Mama's Day Celebration

This Saturday (ahem...tomorrow...) baked goods and crafts unite for a Mother's Day at Community Renaissance Market. A portion of proceeds will benefit SafePlace, a non-profit focused on ending domestic and sexual abuse.

Rockin Mama's Day Celebration features plenty of baked goods with cake balls, Mother's Day cake ball bouquets from Objects of Confection (including a few collaborative Mom and floral cake pops from kathyphantastic), vegan baked treats from Sugar Tooth Bakery, baked goods from Cake Maker 3000 and Sugar Pop Sweet Shop. In other words, it should be a tasty Saturday afternoon and your mama will be well fed on Sunday.

Quick iPhone sneak peek on the treats:

Jessica from Objects of Confection is also (wo)manning a decorate-your-own cupcake station which has already been deemed "sprinkle heaven." Marshmallow clouds open up, kathyphantastic wants in. 

A Little News: At the last minute, I decided to have my first tiny test booth with crafts (mainly Mom-friendly banners) from the kathyphantastic Etsy store. This is more of a practice round for me, since I don't have too much to sell right now and I haven't had time to dream up a booth display The booth fee goes directly to SafePlace so I'm definitely for that. It will be interesting to see the others' booths as well.

Were you wondering who those others are? My good friend Micah Porter from The Clever Chick is selling some clay and bottlecap necklace charms. Kristin Farwell from Karmalized Photography is selling cards and prints while hosting a photobooth. MotsDots is selling jewelry for moms with a different sense of style (than kathyphantastic).

I hope you can make it out. Here's the Rockin' Mama's Day Facebook event page for more details.

When: 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday, May 7th
Where: Community Renaissance Market
             6800 West Gate Blvd 
             Austin, TX 78745

Here's an interview with Meghan Krasnoff of ATX Sugartooth Bakery about the event on KOOP radio:

Sugartooth Bakery - Rockin Mamas Day by Queen of Spoons

PS: Sunday is Jessica from Objects of Confection's first Mother's Day. Be sure to wish her a good one.

Today I Love: Cookieboy

I'm kinda obsessed with Cookieboy right now. Cookieboy is a Japanese artist who has chosen cookies as his medium.

Would you say cake pops are mine?

kathyphantastic Secret: I considered submitting cake pops to a call for new and emerging artists' entries New Art in Austin exhibit at Austin Museum of Art last year. Too bad I didn't have enough time to get everything ready.

PS Don't forget to check out the Cookieboy blog. I'm Japanese illiterate, but I'm in love with the cookie necklaces.

Meanwhile, here's my cookie boy:

Austin Bakes for Japan Locations & Sneak Peek

The locations for the Austin Bakes for Japan Bake Sale have been announced.

Yes, Objects of Confection and kathyphantastic are donating Sanrio Keroppi Cake Pops to Austin Bakes for Japan. All proceeds will go to AmeriCares, a charity providing both medical and humanitarian aid to Japanese earthquake and tsunami survivors.

These Sanrio cake pops and other goodies from Objects of Confection, including 8 packs of cake balls, will be available at two locations:

Hotel San Jose
1511 South Congress Ave., 78704
On the grassy area at the entrance of the Hotel parking lot along South Congress

The Shops at Mira Vista
2785 Bee Cave Road, 78746
At the east part of the shopping center, between Keith Kristofer Salon and Spa and Collectic Home

Who's in for some Japanese cake pop cuteness for a cause? Kero Kero Keroppi is down.

Cake Pops for a Cause - Austin Bakes for Japan

kathyphantastic and Objects of Confection will be baking together for victims of the devastating earthquake in Japan.

Our cake pops will be some of many treats from Austin food bloggers, foodies, and local businesses partipating in Austin Bakes for Japan, fundraising for Americares.

Please mark your calendars for baked goods for a good cause April 2nd. For more information (and which baked goods to expect), follow @austinbakes on Twitter. I'll be posting a few updates on my blog, too.

If you're an Austinite who's interested in baking or volunteering for Austin Bakes for Japan email the organizer.

If you'd like to give now and don't want any baked goods in return. Give online to Austin Bakes for Japan.

We're really glad for the opportunity to bake for a cause with others in the Austin food blog community.

Strawberry Shortcake: An Experiment in Food Styling and Photography

heart strawberry shortcake

This summer Leite's Culinaria ran a food photography contest on their recipe and food blog site. Aimee Wenske and I decided to team up and submit joint work. We had to use a recipe from the site, make the food, style the food, and then photograph it.

We went with this recipe for strawberry shortcake, a. because that's something we'd want to eat and b. we could easily assemble more if needed.

strawberry shortcake on bamboo plate

Luckily strawberries were in season, because we used a lot of them. Aimee's boyfriend Josh was a huge help not only baking the shortcakes, but making whipped cream, and cutting up dozens of strawberries. Thanks Josh!

Unfortunately, we didn't win, but we did end up with some more pieces for our portfolios. The pieces that did make it to the top five had a different aesthetic.

strawberry topped heart strawberry shortcake

I wish the stem was prettier on the strawberry on top.

Congratulations to the Leites Culinaria food photography contest winners. We'll try again next time.