27.12.07

Venus on Frosted Fizzy Cakes, Crafting a Business, and Austin Syle Idols

I wanted to highlight some very cool things that have been appearing in Venus lately. First off, you HAVE to check out the recipes for the handmade holiday treats. I am particularly interested in the recipes for Vegan Vanilla Edible Dusting Body Powder, and the Frosted Fizzy Cakes. In fact, I am so excited about the Frosted Fizzy Cakes that I'm going to put the recipe below!

Frosted Fizzy Cakes

MATERIALS
baking soda
pure citric acid (be prepared, some people’s skin is sensitive to this solution)
shea butter
sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil
essential oils and/or fragrance oils (stores offer “Cake Bake” and “Cupcake” scents)
spray bottle with fresh water
muffin pan and grease-proof foil muffin tins/liners
sprinkles, spices, candies, or colored sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Cake Preparation

  1. Prepare pan with cupcake liners, allotting however many cakes you desire.

  2. In a bowl, take two parts baking soda to one part citric acid and
    stir together very well and very slowly so as not to kick up the acidic
    dust.

  3. Once well blended, make a divot in the middle of the mixture and
    pour in three teaspoons of your chosen oil. To oil pool, add drops of
    fragrance and/or essential oil for increased scent. If you prefer
    color, select a pinch of spice such as paprika for soft peach, turmeric
    for yellow and cocoa for a creamy taupe.

  4. Mix all ingredients together with your hands until its texture is
    like wet sand. Once the texture is mildly moist, but doesn't stay
    packed together when squeezed, spritz with a few squirts of water (a
    slight hissing will occur).

  5. Pack the mixture tightly into the cupcake liners.

  6. Let cupcakes dry for a day.

Frosting Preparation
  1. Grab
    a scoop of shea butter and add a tablespoon of chosen oil to it. Whip
    on the highest setting until the mixture forms peaks. (Make sure to
    sanitize mixers beforehand.)
  2. Place in freezer for 15 minutes. If it's too firm, add more oil and whip again.
  3. Spoon shea mixture onto each now-dry cupcake. Take spices such as cinnamon, cocoa, colored sprinkles, or cloves, and decorate.
  4. Let dry another day, remove from pan, wrap loosely in plastic wrap.
  5. Each cupcake is good for two baths. They'll fizz fragrantly in your tub, while the shea butter frosting softens your skin.

Check out tons of other DIY projects like this at www.venuszine.com/diy/projects.

Then there's the Crafting a Business articles by Jenny Heart. Jenny gives some great tips on how to start a craft business.

And I love that Tina Sparkles and Jennifer Perkins of the Austin Craft Mafia were selected as style idols! Check out the Winter 2007 issue for more.

Venus Zine


What are you waiting for??? Pick up your issue now!
www.venuszine.com

1 comments:

Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club said...

Hey thanks for blogging about our little style story. Oh and for the heads up on the new starlets of craft calendar.

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