Bloggers in Cupcake Wonderland

October 11, 2010

Mad Hatter: “Do you care for tea?”
Alice: “Why, yes. I’m very fond of tea.”

On Saturday, I attended a delightful picnic with some fellow bloggers. We came together on this gloriously sunny morning, bearing cupcakes and cookies, sweets and salads. The theme was ‘Mad Hatter’, and we all wore our very best hats – or in my case, the only hat I own. Perhaps I should invest in a more festive hat…

Scones. Really lovely. With lemon butter (mmmm) and marmalade.

Potato salad – every picnic needs one 🙂

Son-In-Law Eggs. I’ve never heard of these before, they were fabulous.

These brownies were so moist and rich and wow…loved them!

Stunning stuffed tomatoes.

Curry puffs, yum!

A fabulous teapot cake! Major points for baking in the theme.

Citrus friands, simply gorgeous.

I’m a sucker for a blueberry cake.

Lamb – this smelt (and tasted) incredible.

Ceviche! A South American seafood dish made with raw fish and citrus juices. This brilliant dish was also new to me. A very delicious and educational picnic, love those 🙂

Choc-chip cookies, a classic.

I made these carrot oaty bars. I’ll do another post with the recipe soon. I’m quite fond of these babies – of course, they’re super healthy. Possibly the healthiest sweet there, trust a Dietitian…

Cupcakes galore! I need to get my cupcake bake on. I’m seriously overdue – I’m embarrassed to say that I have never made cupcakes. All these delightful little cakes provided much inspiration.

I was in awe of this stunning metallic coloured frosting!

Red Velvet delights…

In the spirit of Alice in Wonderland…

It was lovely to see the faces behind some blogs that I follow and love, as well as meet some new bloggers whom I was not familiar with (I always love to discover new blogs!). I had to cut my picnic-ing short, as I had a wedding later on in the day. However the time I spent there was a lot of fun. I didn’t get to speak to everyone, or photograph all the beautiful food, but hopefully I can only become more familiar with this lovely community 🙂

Thank you to Michele, Penny, and Thanh who organised the picnic (and Nuffnang for sponsoring it). What a fabulous idea it was. Congratulations to Kat who won the Kitchen Aid for her wonderful Son-In-Law Eggs. Well done to all the other winners and everyone who attended! I was in food heaven 🙂

Heidi xo

p.s. Here is a list of those who attended (let me know if I missed anyone!). Check their blogs out, much foodie goodness to read.
Vee, Emanuela, Debra, Sandra, Adrian, Sarah, Kenny, Kat & Josh, Cherrie, Lauren, Christie, Allan, Kat, Billy, Emma, Ashley, Joe & Nicole, April, Michelle, Caryn & Brendan, Michelle, Michele, Thanh, Penny, Vanessa, Kruppy & Lynda.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    oh my – all that food looks amazing! What a great party!

  • imasugarjunkie October 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hey Heidi,
    Was really good to meet you! you took some fantastic shots!

  • Amanda October 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    What a great picnic – and mouth-wateringly (not sure if that's a word, actually) photographed!

  • Chanel11 October 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I was looking forward to going but couldn't make it last minute! Your bars looked tre tasty 🙂

  • Heidi October 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Lisa – is was a lot of fun!

    Thanks, Sarah! Nice to mee you too 🙂

    Amanda – mouth-wateringly is definitely a word in my books 😉 thanks for using it to describe my photos, hehe.

    Chanel – oooh it would have been lovely to meet you. I'm sure something else will come up!

    Heidi xo

  • penny aka jeroxie October 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Sorry that I left so quickly! Did not have the opportunity to have a chat… another time soon 🙂

  • crustabakes October 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    what a whimsical theme. and a spread to match too!

  • The InTolerant Chef October 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    How have you never made cupcakes? Not even when you were little? You really must remedy this oversight!

  • my darling lemon thyme October 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Wow! That looks like a tea party I'd love to attend! You lucky thing 🙂 Would have been great to meet up with fellow bloggers to I bet! -Emm

  • My restaurants Melbourne October 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    great photos, it was a great event catching up with everyone

  • Lisa October 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Omg, all those desserts look AMAZING! Especially those brownies! Send me one through the computerr! yum!

  • Iron Chef Shellie October 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    It was so great to meet you Heidi! and I'm glad to hear you received your chai 🙂

    NEVER baked cupcakes? =O

    I'm looking forward to making your super awesome carrot bars at home!

  • Emma @CakeMistress October 12, 2010 at 12:28 am

    It was lovely to meet you on the weekend. Can't wait for the carrot and oaty slice recipe 🙂

  • Kath October 12, 2010 at 5:58 am

    How lovely! It's great you've made so many new friends this way! And all the dishes look so good, and so much love went into them! Too bad it seemed to be too much to try everything. (Picnic) buffets like that tend to get me into mssive decision trouble!

  • "Joe" who is constantly craving October 12, 2010 at 8:35 am

    nice meeting you too the other day, a serious pity that i wont b around in melbourne anymore!

    keep up the good healthy recipes, now i know where to get some if i need to shed a bit of weight.

  • Heidi October 12, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Penny – yes, another time soon please!

    crustabakes – it was such a great spread 🙂

    Emm – it was wonderful!

    Michele – I know, I know! I have to get baking. oh the shame!

    Emma – lovely to meet you too, will post the recipe soon 🙂

    Kath – there was so much decision trouble. I knew my stomach couldnt take a lot (being unwell) so I had to choose wisely!

    Joe – hehe, good to know! Shame about you moving, but looking forward to your Brisbane reviews 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Heidi October 12, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Intolerant chef – NEVER! I was always a big cake girl when I was young. I must fix this, I know. I see a cupcake post in my future…

    Thanks, Sandra! It was great to meet everyone.

    Lisa – I wish I would send you a brownie, they were sooooo good!

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston October 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Oh Yessss!!! You seriously must remedy the cup cake issue…, these little darlin's are a very girly cake – your just itching to fill a teapot and bring out the best china and go to all sorts of trouble & fun decorating them.., its a bakers right of passage girlfriend 🙂
    Saw your lovely pic on another blog, how much fun would that have been to mix 'n mingle with all those Blogsters. What a treat.

  • petite carousel October 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Oooh… the picnic looked like a lot of fun! I love the theme too, very appropriate =)

    Oh don't get me started on all the cupcakes, and scones and pastries! *drool drool

  • thanh7580 October 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Heidi, thanks for coming to the picnic. It was nice to meet you and eat those oatey carrot slice bars.

  • Celeste @ Berrytravels October 13, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Awww, I really wish I had made it. =( The picnic looked awesome!