Last night we were lucky enough to attend The Warwick Foundation 5th birthday and the launch of our wonderful partners Cupcakes for Cancer. As a representation of the Cupcakes for Cancer concept we were invited to provide guests with 450 delicious cupcakes and a bar full of yummy treats.
What a fantastic event with auctions, DJ's and very funny set by comedian Tom Gleeson. We had an absolute ball with our unique concept and after a few explanations about how it all works were well under way dishing out red velvet, vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. As always the Maltesers and fairy floss were the hits of the night, as were our 2 new bar attendants who had a ball!
Check out the pics below. And don't forget you can host your own donate and decorate party to raise funds for the Warwick Foundation through Cupcakes for Cancer. And if you don't have time to bake we can provide you with a discounted ready to go kit full of freshly baked cupcakes, icing and treats or a fully serviced bar with a percentage of proceeds going directly to Cupcakes for Cancer and The Warwick Foundation. What are you waiting for?
 

Quinoa Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado and Cocoa Icing

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A healthy alternative to cupcakes and lollies we now offer low fat, low sugar but still scrump-didly-umptious kids party packs. These amazing little cupcakes are also available as a gluten free option for your wedding on a tiered stand or as part of a bar. 
We thought we would share with you our recipe as we just can't get enough of these moorish little cupcakes. They are amazing to eat,  they taste just like a chocolate cupcake but richer in flavor and oh so moist!

Here we have added a chunk of honeycomb however to keep it super healthy decorate with pretzels, sultanas or some yummy fresh fruit!

Quinoa Cupcakes
Makes 24 large cupcakes

4 cups cooked quinoa, cold (see note below for instructions to cook quinoa)
2/3 cup milk
8 large eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1.5 cups butter, melted and cooled
3 cups organic cane sugar
2 cup pure cocoa
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

Preheat the oven to 170°C reduce to 165 before cooking. Line the muffin tin with the 24 cupcake liners.  

In a blender combine milk, eggs, vanilla and blend until combined.  Add 2 cups of cold cooked quinoa and the melted butter and continue to blend until smooth.

Combine all dry ingredients into a mixer and add the blended ingredients. Mix until just combined.

Cook for 30 mins

Note:  Bring 2/3 cup raw, rinsed white or golden quinoa to boil in a heavy saucepan with 1 1/3 cups water.  Cover, reduce to simmer and cook for 10 minutes.  Turn off heat and leave covered saucepan on burner for another 10 minutes.  Fluff with fork and allow the Quinoa to cool.

Chocolate Avacado Icing
Enough for 24 cupcakes

2 perfectly ripe avocado’s
1 cup good unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup dark chocolate mini chips (optional)

Place all three ingredients in a food processor and mix together, stopping to scrape down the sides once or twice. Stir in the chocolate chips (if using). The frosting is ready to spread immediately but you can refrigerate if you think it needs to firm up. Add a little water if it is too thick. (We didn’t need to add water)





 

Venue's with a difference

Melbourne has an amazing array of  restaurants and cultural events, and with this an endless list of seriously cool event spaces. There are the ones that continue to delight guests like Riva, Carousel, the Palladium and so on, all are beautiful some have views of the ocean and many are simply grand. There are so many that it is easy to simply walk the path well tread, so I thought it would be fun to walk on the wild side with a look into some of the not so normal event spaces. We haven't had a cupcake bar in any of these yet but with our unique event concept we think it's the perfect match! Read on....

Old Melbourne Goal

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Okay so it's not really the place you'd be booing for your romantic themed wedding but a fantastic place for all sorts of parties and corporate events. The lighting can transform the venue from an eerie cold space to an even spookier but totally impressive space. 
And the best part, you can freak everybody out with roaming guests like Ned Kelly, Police Sargent and Goal Governers!

Mofo Lounge

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Day beds, Morrocon lanterns, exotic arabesque decor, these two event spaces in Prahran would certainly impress a crowd. There is nothing like lounging around in your party gear sipping cocktails!

Mon Bijou

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It's a rooftop party....need i say more? oh and it has a pool....

M.V. Pearl

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I must admit if I wasn't convinced of having a traditional wedding I would have opted for my wedding on a yacht. I can think of nothing more decadent and amazing than celebrating... anything on a yacht. The warm breeze swishing through your hair, the smell of the ocean and watching the sun set over the water....bliss

Twotonmax

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A converted warehouse in North Melbourne is essentially a blank canvas to be transformed into just about any event. Polished concrete floors and huge industrial ceilings, it's typical Melbourne cool.

The Great Den

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Near The Great Dane furniture showroom this function space houses a collection of rare and authentic 20th century treasures. For some reason it makes me want a cigar and a martini!

There are many many more....watch out for our next path down a road less traveled!