The Cupcake Loophole

I haven't blogged in a while because I've been busy with a few things, but I always come back to writing.

Made these for my boyfriend's birthday last month:

Yes, they're cupcakes made to look like 1up
mushrooms from Mario games. I borrowed the idea from a shirt over at ThinkGeek. I figured 1up suited a birthday. My boyfriend told me he wanted to keep it low key, and didn't want a big cake (which I've made for him before), so I considered cupcakes a loophole. Luckily, he found the whole thing cute and liked them.

Truth is, I'd planned them a couple of weeks earlier, and I was very happy with the way they came out. I didn't do a practice run, and nor had I ever made this recipe before, but everything was amazingly good. They all disappeared in less than a day!

The recipe for these cupcakes is here. I have a standing request from my boyfriend's mother to make her some now. She asked him to ask me for them after she tried mine. It's cute. I plan to make some, probably this week, and decorate them with little yellow flowers. Something springlike awaits.

Otherwise, not much notable has happened. Been reading and writing a lot lately. Both for fun and professional reasons. Looked into the possibility of going to J-School. Trying to get more of my writing out there as well as nurse a business idea I've been hatching lately.

Trend: Video Game-inspired Drinks

As I sit here, unable to sleep yet, possibly having picked up my mother's flu, I look to the internet to provide me with a little distraction. After reading about the Super Mario Power Up! energy drink yesterday, I just read about yet another video game inspired set of drinks.

I tried Mountain Dew's Game Fuel tie-in in both soda and Slurpee forms. I heard the taste described as "liquid gummy bears" once, and I'm inclined to agree. Final Fantasy Potion hasn't made its way here from Japan yet. I've heard it tastes terrible, but I'd certainly try it once for the novelty.

Many of these drinks and game-inspired foods are Japan-only, and unlikely to ever get here, but it is another
example of this type of cross-marketing. Beyond that, it's another way
video games are a more mainstream part of life these days in many parts
of the world. I'm sure eventually, we'll see more examples of this sort of thing here in the US. I just wonder what sorts of flavors will be on tap.