Sunday, October 30, 2011

Creepy Cake N Bake WINNERS!!

The time has come, my friends...

To announce the winners...

Of the Creepy Cake N Bake 2011!!!!!

But before the titles are awarded, I'd like to give a big thanks to all our creepy author bakers and an especially big thanks to Adam Rex, author of many amazing books for children and young adults including Frankenstein Takes the Cake and Fat Vampire, for judging our event.

Thank you, Adam! (You can learn more about Adam and Fat Vampire by clicking the cover below.)



And now...

The awards...

For most Original Entry: Saundra Mitchell's Zombaby!!

...TROPHY TO BE CREATED...

(In honor of her most original entry, Saundra will be receiving the most original trophy, a Dawn Metcalf original, to be created as soon as our Dawn has the use of her hands once more. She's had an injury, but she's good for this trophy, we swear.)

For Most Coulrophobic: Stacey Jay's (that's me) Zombie Clowns!



The One I Most Wish Weren't Just a Jpeg On My Laptop: Victoria Schwab's Spiders!



Most Unspeakably Non-Euclidian: Dawn's Cthulhu Cupcakes



And now...
1st place in the 1st annual Creepy Cake N Bake 2011...



Winner of the BIG trophy and bragging rights until next year's cake off...



Is....the Bride of Cakenstein...



BEST IN SHOW, Brenna Yovanoff's Organ Meat!



Ah...still as disgusting as it was at first viewing. Thank you, Brenna, for the artistically presented, edible gore. You've set the bar high for all who will follow.

And thanks again to all our participants, especially those who left comments and urged our bakers to even higher heights (or lower lows). In recognition of your contribution, we'll be giving TWO prizes away. Christen will receive a $20.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble. And Heidi wins either a handmade doll from Dawn Metcalf (or a gift card, depending on the strength left in poor Dawn's injured hand.)

May everyone have a spooky, treat filled holiday.



Happy Haunting!

Stacey Jay

Friday, October 28, 2011

Kracken Cupcakes....need I say more?

Happy Friday!

In honor of the last Creepy Cake N Bake entry by Dawn Metcalf--my partner in crime in conceiving this crazy month of gory sweetness--I have written a poem.

It's sad but true,
the Creepy Cake N Bake is nearly through.
But not before something wackin'
Cupcakes featuring a Kracken.



Now you know why I write prose.

And why Dawn is the master of the fondant universe. Head over to her blog to comment and score your last chance to win: http://dawn-metcalf.livejournal.com/120257.html

Winners announced on Monday!

Have an amazing weekend all,

Stacey

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Surreal. Brazilian. Awesome.

So,

Many of you were around for this post, in which the people at Novo Concieto, who are publishing Juliet Immortal in Brazil, blew my mind with their amazing poster of Romeo and Juliet and the news of a party for the Julieta Imortal book launch.

Now, I'll confess...in my mind this party was pretty swanky. I imagined some nice snacks, decorations, perhaps a yummy Brazilian beverage or two. I did NOT imagine video coverage of the party. I did NOT imagine anything at all like this:



THAT up there, my friends, went beyond blowing my mind. It's a real, professionally produced entertainment segment, covering an amazing party with beautiful people attending. And there were delicious posters and editors giving clever interviews (I don't understand Portuguese, but I could tell they were clever, couldn't you?). There were gift bags and some sort of THEATRICAL PRESENTATION! With a girl wearing TOE SHOES!!! (I don't know what that had to do with the book, but as a former ballerina, I am ALL about anything that involves toe shoes.)

All this. Because of my book. My. Book.

*stunned silence*

*more stunned silence*

I'm...yeah. I am... Wow.

Seriously, I had to smack my husband in the chest a few dozen times and shout "for real?" "for real?" when we watched this on youtube last night. And then we went out and had drinks. Because that felt like what needed to happen and we had a babysitter so what the heck, right?

It was surreal, but exciting. Sur-citing. And this is coming from a woman who has seen her face on the Sci Fi channel more times than she'd prefer in really bad horror movies. But seeing myself on television never affected me the way this video did. The first was kind of a cringe-worthy feeling, this was pure Wow. I mean...here are all this people...coming together and getting dressed up and having fun with something I wrote.

I feel so lucky. And grateful. And inspired to write something even better next time.

*takes a deep breath*

And just in case you didn't catch the Twitter-spasm I had yesterday, here's Novo Concieto's trailer for Julieta Imortal. I've never had a live action trailer for a book before. Let alone one with ORIGINAL BRAZILIAN POP MUSIC. (Everything is at least 35% cooler with Brazilian pop music.)



MANY many thanks to Novo Concieto for an amazing launch and for all the support of the book. And thanks again to my Brazilian readers and to the amazing translator who worked on the book (Who is also my Facebook friend. The internet is cool sometimes. Like when I get to be friends with my Portuguese translator. It is not cool when I have to see my creepy ex-boyfriend recommended as a "friend" every other time I enter into Facebook's realm. Give it up, Facebook. It's not going to happen.)

Also--last but not least--many thanks to my amazing editor at Delacorte, without whom, none of this awesome would be possible. She saw possibilities where others saw "what the heck-er-y." She's a gem, that one. Big time.

Okay, I swear I'll quit plaguing everyone with posts like this. This was just so cool--and completely unprecedented for me, personally--that I couldn't resist posting and thanking all the people again. Because can you really be too thankful to the people? I think not.

Come back tomorrow for the LAST creepy cake entry. Next week we announce the winners! Both author and commenter (so if you haven't commented on the creepy cake posts, go do so. They are marked clearly in earlier entries on this very blog.)

Also, I might have a Birthday Reflections post up soon. I had some. Reflections. On my birthday. And I even jotted them down so I'd remember them after the happy cake coma was over.

Peace,

Stacey

Friday, October 21, 2011

More Crreeeeeepy Cake, Big Weekend Ahead!

Hello my pretties!

I'm off to a conference eeeeaaarrrrrllllyyy (too early, let's not think about it) tomorrow morning and then Sunday I'll be visiting with a friend I haven't seen in nearly a decade and on Monday I'm celebrating the Anniversary of my Birth with a day off and probably some wine (who am I kidding. There will definitely be wine! Muahahaha.)

So I figured I'd update you on the Creepy Cake N Bake schedule for the next four days now, before things get too crazy around here.

First up Victoria Schwab BRINGS IT today with her spider nest.



She made that. ALL of it. *bows* *is not worthy*

Head over to her blog to praise her mightily (and score another entry to win): http://veschwab.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/creepy-cake-n-bake-the-sugar-spiders-nest/

Then, tomorrow, be sure to visit C. Lee McKenzie at her blog: http://writegame.blogspot.com/

And on Sunday, cruise by E. Kristin Anderson's for more creepy cake: http://www.ekristinanderson.com/

And THEN on Monday skip over to Natalie Zaman's blog http://nataliezaman.blogspot.com/ for one of the FINAL THREE Creepy Cake N Bake entries. I can't believe we're already rounding this up! And that in a short week and a half will have winners to announce!

Have a lovely weekend,

Stacey Jay

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Launch party for Juliet Immortal in Brazil this Friday!

AND I'M NOT GOING TO BE THERE!!

*sob* *sssooooobbbbbb*

Oh, how I wish I was going to be in Rio. I soooooo want to go to this party for Julieta Imortal. Look at the KILLER poster Novo Conceito made (Juliet is sooooo lovely and Romeo looks positively, yummily WICKED, doesn't he? Love his snarly lip):



"Some rise by sin, others fall by virtue."

That's the tag line in front of the models. The models who--if I am understanding correctly--are going to be AT THE PARTY! And Novo Concieto held a big contest and one reader and a friend get to go to the party all expenses paid and "Romeo" and "Juliet" will be taking pictures with fans and OMG kdajfpwoeijrawopeijrwt!<--*words fail me and my fingers explode*

This is may be the coolest thing that has ever been done in the name of a book of mine. I am slack jawed with amazement. Brazilians rock so hard. Come Friday night I will be lifting my glass in a toast to the awesomeness of Novo Conceito and all my Brazilian readers. (Thank you for your emails, readers! And please, never apologize for your grasp of English. It's much MUCH better than my grasp of Portuguese, I'll tell you that. Besides, you're all Brazilian and adorable. You can do no wrong! *pinches your adorable cheeks*)

Hope everyone going to the party has an amazing time.

And now, back to it.

Happy Wednesday,

Stacey

Monday, October 17, 2011

Drive-by Creepy Cake Update

*screeches to a stop at the curb* *jumps out of the Edit-Mobile and flings an update*

From this weekend, Robin Bridges' Oz-inspired cake: http://robinbridges.livejournal.com/68803.html



And today, something cute and creepy on the delightful Michelle Zink's blog: http://michellezink.com/blog



*dives back into Edit-Mobile* *screeches away from the curve* *leaves you in the swirling powdered-sugar dust*

Friday, October 14, 2011

Creepy Cake and Random Harry Potter Crafty Bits

Good Friday!

Time for another Creepy Cake N Bake Update.

First up, we have Tara Hudson's Lots of Bleeding Hearts (Yes. These sweet little pastries actually bleed! Head on over to Tara's blog to see evidence of the ooze in action. Remember to comment on her post for another chance to win a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card or a Creepy Cake doll: http://tarahudsonwrites.blogspot.com/2011/10/creepy-cake-n-bake-my-heart-bleeds-for.html )



Next up, we have Karen Healey's creation (at the time of this post, Karen hasn't posted her dessert yet, but I'm sure it will be creeeeeeppppyyy. So pop over to her blog later today and see what she's got going: http://karenhealey.livejournal.com/)

Lastly, in further random-baked-good's sharing, I give you the Harry Potter cake the kids and I made for our Harry Potty Premier party a few months back:



We also made matching Gryffindor t-shirts (my eldest stepdaughter drew the crest, I scanned and shrunk and printed and ironed on) and then we spent an afternoon making ties out of red and yellow rubbery sheets from the craft store (with elastic to keep the ties around our necks). The result was this:



Aw, my little Harry. Getting so big. Call me selfish, but I'm glad I don't have to send him away to Hogwarts.

Have a great weekend all!

Stacey Jay

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Juliet Immortal (Julieta Imortal) now avaiable in Brazil!

Juliet Immortal is now available in Brazil from Novo Conceito!

This is my first foreign release.

I am excited. (*squee*)



Very. Very excited.

I'm discovering, however, that the only thing more nerve racking than opening a google alert containing a review, is opening a google alert containing a review in a different language. Oh, the fun I've had with the Portuguese to English translation site. (Fun meaning stressful cutting and pasting. I know. I shouldn't cut and paste. I should be working on edits for BLOOD ON THE BAYOU. I just can't resist. The pretty Portuguese words, they tempt us.)

But the pasting is worth it. I'm finding some sweet stuff, like this (translated from Juliana's review, link below.)

"For those who are looking for a fantastic literature differently, Julieta Immortal is an excellent option. Do not be fooled by wrapper or by title, the book truly worth being read!"

Five stars from Juliana Giacobelli's Blog

Hee. So glad to see readers enjoying Juliet in a different language!

Be back on Friday with two new creepy cake links. (This week's rambling, writerly post about outlining postponed until next week, due to the unexpected arrival of 368 pages of copy edits.)

Best,

Stacey Jay

Monday, October 10, 2011

Two New Creepy Cakes, Two Chances to Win (and be creeped!)

Hey y'all!

First up, Sydney Salter's creepy cake entry from Saturday (Syd was my roomie for SCBWI, and is a total doll, but she makes some adorable witches):



http://mybignose.blogspot.com/2011/10/creepy-cake-n-bake-witch-cupcakes.html

Next up, Brenna Yovanoff. (Who I have not met personally, but who is clearly an evil genius. I mean look at this. I am delightfully horrified!):



http://brennayovanoff.com/2011/10/10/creepy-cake-n-bake-red-velvet-cardiac-event/


Head over to the blogs and post a comment for your chance to win goodies. (And remember, you can still comment on my cake post below until the end of the month.)

Happy Monday,

Stacey Jay

Friday, October 7, 2011

Creepy Cake n Bake #3-Erin Dionne



The Evil Eye Ball Sees ALL! (EW. Just the word 'eyeball' is disgusting. Go, Erin.)

Go visit her blog and comment for another chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or a Creepy Cake Doll: http://bostonerin.livejournal.com/163051.html

I'll be back next week with more Creepy Cake Stuff, an actual writer post (*gasp* I know), and some other fun stuff. (Hoping to get the contest started for the second audio copy of Juliet Immortal very soon.)

Happy Weekend!

Stacey Jay

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Creepy Cake N Bake: Attack of the Zombie Clown Cupcakes

It was a peaceful afternoon at the zombie cake graveyard.



The icing was moist and fresh, the Oreo grave dirt was crumbly, and Trixie, Maria, and Nicole were sure their Confectionery Undeath couldn't get much better, when...

*maniacal laughter sounds from cake left*



Trixie: Unhhh. Unnnhhh? Unh unh...
(Translation for those who don't speak zombie: Aw mah god, Nicole. Did you hear that just now? That sounded like...)



Trixie and Nicole: Unh! UNH! Unhhhhhhh!!!
(Translation: Zombie clown cupcakes! Ahhhhh!!!!)



Nicole: Unh unh unh unh. Unh unh uuuunh uh?
(Translation: Trixie, zombie clown cupcakes scare the brains out of me. What are we going to do?)



Clown number one: Heee hee unhhhh heeee!
(Translation: There's nothing you CAN do! There is no escape!)

Clown number two: Hee unh heee heeeee hee!
(Translation: We'll make you laugh your face off, and then we'll EAT it!)

Clown number three: Hee hee hee!
(Translation: Hee hee hee!)



*menacing silence from cupcake left and rear*

Clown number one: Hee unh...
(Translation: Wait a second. Is that...)



Clowns Number Two and Three: HEE! UNH UNH!
(Translation: A ZOMBIE MIME MINI CUPCAKE!)

Clown Number One: Unh unh uuunnnh. Hee hee!
(Translation: The zombie clown cupcake's sworn enemy!)

Clown Number Two: Unh unh unh. *shudders*
(Translation: They're so small and...quiet! *shudders*)

Clown Number Three: Unh Hee!
(Retreat, retreat!)



Zombie Mime: *menacing silence*



Zombie mime: *more menacing silence*



Zombie mime: *the most menacing silence of all*



And so Trixie, Maria, and Nicole were saved by the zombie mime mini cupcake and all was well. At least until the five o'clock cub scout troop meeting..



(Cake, cupcakes, and mini cupcakes by Stacey Jay. Flowers by Mother Nature, skeleton wall cling by Martha Stewart, the one homemaker who will rule them all.)

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ZOMBIE CLOWN CUPCAKES!
(Inspired by Martha Stewart's clown cupcakes, but with 100% more zombie and green icing.)



Step One: Using your sharpest, deadliest knife, cut a cone shape out of the top of the cupcake, like so:



Step two: Fill up the sad, empty place left behind in the cupcake's heart with some candy. (Because candy is good for things like this.)



Step three: Scoop out a scandalously huge ice cream scoop full of Nuclear Contamination Green icing.



Step four: Plop that icing down on top of the cupcake. Smooth it around a bit. I like to use a cheese knife. Because I am fancy. (And I have no pastry tools.)



Step Five: Ring the zombie clown cupcake's neck with candies to make a happy clown collar.



Step six: Approach the tic tacs and sprinkly bits carefully. (Warning: The sprinkly bits are a pain in the butt to arrange. A toothpick helps, a little, but still...pain in the butt.)



Step seven: Arrange the pain-in-the-butt sprinkly bits in two X's for zombie eyes and stick a tic-tac below for the zombie nose.



Step eight: Retrieve your cone shape, squeeze a dollop of icing on top, and dip in black sprinkles. Plop on zombie's head.



Step nine: Drizzle red gel icing for blood-splatter decoration, and voila!



HOW TO MAKE A GRAVEYARD CAKE:

Step one: Cover your cake in green icing (you can use a darker color. I went for fluorescent green since I happened to have that color already mixed up.)



Step two: Remove the icing from 10 Oreo cookies, place inside plastic bag, and smash them to bits. Crumble on top to make grave dirt. Use whole cookies to line the outside of the cake for prettification purposes.



Step three-five: Take the grave-shaped sugar cookies you made the night before (you made those, right?), decorate them with edible markers (available at most cake supply stores) and stick them into the Oreo dirt. Hack apart a few small dolls (McDonald's toys are good for this. These are some mini Madame Alexanders my stepdaughters and I dissected a few years ago), and stab them into the dirt so it looks as if they're emerging from the grave.





And voila! Part deux!

This post has been brought to you by: Zombies are Scary, Clowns are Scarier, but Zombie Clowns are the Scariest of All.

All right, people!

The Creepy Cake N Bake-a-Thon is ON! Vote for your favorite entry by commenting below. You can comment on EVERY Cake N Bake post, one entry per post, for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble or an official Creepy Cake N Bake doll! Please include your email in order to be entered to win.

Trophies will be awarded on Halloween for the top creeptastic creations. Winners will be chosen by our special Celebrity Judge, Adam Rex, author of such deliciously creepy creations such as FAT VAMPIRE, FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE, FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, and PSSST!

Here's a list of every stop!

Mon Oct. 3 - Saundra Mitchell
Wed Oct 5 - Stacey Jay (AKA me)
Friday Oct 7 - Erin Dionne
Saturday Oct 8 - Sydney Salter
Mon Oct 10 - Brenna Yovanoff
Wed Oct 12 - Tara Hudson
Friday Oct 14 - Karen Healey
Saturday Oct 15 - Robin Bridges
Mon Oct 17 - Michelle Zink
Wed Oct 19 - Julia Karr
Friday Oct 21 - Victoria Schwab
Saturday Oct 22 -
C.Lee McKenzie
Sunday Oct 23 - E. Kristin Anderson
Mon Oct 24 - Natalie Zaman
Wed Oct 26 - Stephanie Burgis
Friday Oct 28 - Dawn Metcalf

Thanks y'all! Hope to see you around the contest. I'll be posting links to every entry right here on the blog for your ease and convenience.

Stacey Jay

Monday, October 3, 2011

Creepy Cake N Bake Entry One: Saundra Mitchell

Let the games begin!

Head on over to Saundra Mitchell's blog (author of The Vespertine and The Springsweet) to witness the horror that is the first entry in the 1st Annual Creepy Cake N Bake Contest.

(Warning: Prepare to be disturbed. Very, very disturbed.)

http://saundramitchell.com/blog/2011/10/03/creepy-cake-n-bake-zombaby-bread/comment-page-1/#comment-5571

*sighs* That Saundra, she sets the bar high. *takes a deep breath* *heads over to grocery store to procure last item on own creepy cake-making list*

On Wednesday, the action will be going down right here on my blog, people! Hope to see you here. And remember, you can comment once on each Creepy Cake post, and each comment gets your name in the pot to win goodies. (Just be sure to leave your email addy, as well.)

See you Wednesday (or tomorrow if I get organized. I have some cool pictures to share from my husband's first wine crush this weekend. Thought some of you might find that interesting.)

Stacey Jay