Sushi Cupcake Recipe

Posted on: June 7th, 2012


Sushi cupcakes? Okay, I didn’t mean real sushi but a cupcake that looks like a sushi. How cute is this? If you want to make it more Korean, try making it look like a kimbap! How fun would this be to serve! This amazing sushi cupcake was created by Pamela Ahn from PamCakes. Here’s the recipe:

Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

  • 2 cups of cake flour (Swan’s Cake Flour)
  • 1 1/4  cups  sugar
  • 1/2 cup of whole buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  • 4  eggs
  • 2  teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract
  • 1  lemon
Separate 4 eggs and set egg whites in a separate bowl.  Using a large mixing bowl combine butter with sugar and beat on low until mixture is fluffy then add in one egg yoke at a time, beating well after each addition.  Shift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate medium mixing bowl.  Add in about 1 cup of dry mixture into the large mixing bowl with the butter mixture, then alternate with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.  Alternate flour and buttermilk about 3 times until the mixture is well combined.  Finally mix in extracts and 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest and set aside.  Whisk egg whites to medium peak in a separate bowl.  Then immediately fold whisked egg whites into batter until batter appears fluffy and light.
Preheat oven on 350 degrees and spoon in batter into cupcake sleeves about 1/2 to 2/3 full and bake for approximately 12 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
  • 2 packages of 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
Combine cream cheese and butter at room temperature and beat on medium until smooth and well combined.  Then add in powdered sugar a cup at a time whisking well after each addition and add in lemon juice.  Ensuring that the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
To make coconut cupcake, cooling cupcakes after baked and spread frosting generously on cupcakes then dip into coconut shavings.  Serves approximately 24 cupcakes.  Preparation and decorating approximately 30 mins to 1 hour.

Materials used: Black felt sheets for the seaweed wrap, coconut flakes for the rice look and candy assortments for the sushi pieces.


The Traditional Dol Set Up

Posted on: June 5th, 2012

What is meaning of the items on a Korean traditional dol table? I have asked two party styling experts, Leafy Party and H Day Events to help explain to us what everything means.

Aimee, Leaf Party event planner and florist, explains her dol table:

There are two tables on the upper level. One table consists of jujube, parsley, rice, and 5 colored pouches.
Jujube means abundance in giving birth.
Parsley means healthy long lasting life as well as abundance in giving birth.
Rice means blessing of food.
5 colored pouches means vibrant life.
Another table consists of doljabi. In the picture we placed:
5 colored thread: wish to be talented in art
Brass coin: wealthy
Book/Brush/Ink stone: to become scholar
Thread: long life
Judge gravel: to become judge
Stethoscope: to become doctor
In between the 2 small round tables, you will see the Korean Rice Cake, 백설기 떡케이크 in the middle.
And it represents purity and long life. We decorate it with 축 첫돌 on the top.
Seasonal fruits should be displayed and there are 3 types of rice cakes we use.
We have song pyun (송편), 3 color gyung dan (삼색경단), and rainbow dduk (무지개떡)
Normally rice cake should be colorful since it represents bright and vivid future.


Sean from H Day Events also provides us with his thorough explanation for the dol table set up.

Circular round tables that doesn’t have a keen corner termed a “dol sang” are used for the hope that the person will become a generous person.

A red table cover is utilized since it is believed that the red color keeps away misfortune.

White rice signifies wish for fortune of money and food

Jujube signifies wish for prosperity.

Thread means wish for health and longevity.

Brush and ink stone signifies wish for being good at academics

Money signifies wish for wealth.

5 Color Papers represent East/West/South/North Land- nature’s harmony

Drop wort tightened with blue and red thread represents wish for good health and vitality.

Rainbow Rice Cake signifies wish for a dream come true.

Rice cake coated with meshed red beans means desire to keep away misfortune and prayer for mercy.

Flower Made of Rice- Meaning of not cutting a live plant that eventually dies.


The items overall represent a similar theme which is the hope for the child to prosper and have good fortune in life. If you are looking for a Party Planner who provides traditional Korean birthday styling, here are a few

event planners below.

Leafy Party serving Southern CA

H Day Events serving NJ/NY

Lolli Party serving Northern CA

Christina Events serving VA/DC/MD

Party Eve serving Northern VA, DC, MD and NY