Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cupcakes and Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up at Cornelia St. Cafe!
Wow…so these are incredible but I straight up slaved away in the kitchen pretty much all day yesterday making them. It’s a chocolate cupcake hollowed out and filled with homemade salted caramel, then topped with a dark chocolate frosting and garnished with sea salt. It’s ridiculously decadent – the frosting alone has three sticks of butter in it! They’re unbelievably satisfying, though.
I have to admit, the caramel took four frustrating attempts to prepare just right. That’s ok, I’m in it for the learning process, and I actually did learn a lot today. Also, the cake itself turned out pretty spectacular, which means I’m getting a handle on this oven. That’s something to be excited about. It’s a pretty amazing cupcake!
In fact, they’re so good that I decided to take a couple along with me to see Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up at Cornelia St. Cafe in the West Village. It was Tomas’ birthday, so there was reason to celebrate and the place was packed. Since living in New York, I’ve become friends with Tomas, who is an incredible drummer, and Mary Halvorson, the incomparable guitarist in the Hook Up and many other bands. Tomas, Mary, Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Brian Settles (saxophone), and Trevor Dunn (bass) put on a fantastic show. I especially enjoyed Tomas’ writing for the band – very interesting melodies with unorthodox harmony. Somehow the music seemed to fall somewhere between Miles Davis’ second quintet and Andrew Hill, along with a more modern, creative improvisation bent. Don’t take my word for it, though, go see the band yourself! The Hook Up has been playing fairly regularly in NYC these days. Tomas also plays in many other bands, including Red Baraat, which tours all over the country.
Tomas and Mary seemed happy to volunteer to be my guinea pigs.
JAZZ + CUPCAKES = GOOD TIMES
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TOMAS!