playing with my food.

I’ve done a lot of geeky/nerdy things in my time. I’m not exactly sure where this would fall on my Great Geek List, but it’s up there. Probably near spending all day in a movie theater to see all of the Marvel movies before the midnight premiere of The Avengers with Boyfriend, though I haven’t decided if that’s ranked higher or lower than spending all day in a movie theater to see the director’s cuts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Thirteen hours in a movie theater to see three movies, yo. Anyway.

This all started when a friend of mine posted a link to my Facebook wall, featuring cupcakes with chocolate toppers shaped like Han Solo trapped in carbonite. Not being much of a Star Wars fan (I know, I know), I kind of went “eh.” But it did lead me to think of a different project to tackle.

the finished product.

Presenting White Russian cupcakes with Kahlua buttercream (recipe from Baked Perfection) and Tetrimino toppers.

A couple of years ago, the same friend who sent me the link to the Han Solo cupcakes got me a silicone mold for my birthday — perfect for making Tetrimino-shaped ice cubes… or for molding chocolate. I happened to have some vanilla almond bark laying around from my holiday baking and rummaged around in my closet until I found my stash of food dyes.

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Things were going pretty well until I realized that I screwed up the colors on two of the shapes.


Boyfriend: “Please tell me you’re neurotic enough that you had to stop what you were doing and fix it.”
Amy: “Of course I’m neurotic enough that I had to fix it.”
Boyfriend: “Oh, I knew that. I just wanted to hear you say it.”

The next morning I had a mold full of beautiful Tetris shapes, but when I popped them out, I felt like they were missing something.


Which, of course, I fixed.

after the scoring.

And then I couldn’t help myself.

I couldn't resist.

One batch of cupcakes later, voila! The nerdiest cupcakes I have ever had the pleasure of making. And eating.

the finished product.


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