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



Win a Party in the City!


     Here’s an amazing opportunity for your child to win a free birthday party at Pretend City Children’s Museum! When it comes to throwing the perfect Doljanchi, this is the place to be! Pretend City Children’s Museum is a one of a kind experience that children and adults of all ages can enjoy. This miniature city is comprised of 17 interactive exhibits that mimic popular landmarks throughout Orange County. As a fully interactive, hands-on museum, nothing is off limits! A parent’s dream for the ultimate Dol experience!

     The lucky winner of this month’s contest will get an all-inclusive  Pretend City Experience party package ($650 Value)!Once you pick your date, just sit back and relax as their helpful staff executes every detail right down to ordering the cake. Planning this party is so easy, your one-year-old could do it! When you’ve got your hands tied with a little one, it’s so nice to be able to throw an amazing party with zero stress and effort.

If only everything were this easy!

The Pretend City Experience Party Package includes:

• Private party room for 1 hour beginning at 10am, 12pm or 2pm.
• Unlimited time in the museum until closing following time in private party room.
• Museum admission for up to 30 guests (including both children and adults). Any guests above the 30 included in the package are an additional $10 per guest.
• Birthday Party Child is complimentary.
• Tables, chairs, sink with running water and refrigerator/freezer provided.
• Two Pretend City party hosts to facilitate the party room set-up, service and clean-up.
• One return pass for all party children.


• Pretend City themed cake
• Hat activity for 20 children
• Tableware (includes tablecloths, silverware, plates and cups for 30 guests)



And if you’re looking to go ALL OUT for your little one’s Doljanchi, you can apply the value of your party to upgrade to a facility rental. You and your guests will have the entire museum to yourselves for an exclusive after-hours party . While your one-year-old may not remember it, your guests surely will!

Here’s How to Enter:

(1) Tell us why you want to “Party in the City” by leaving a comment below on this blog.

(2) For an additional entry into this contest, just click here and sign your child up for the Pretend City Birthday Club.

By doing so, you’ll automatically be mailed one complimentary visit to the museum to be used anytime during the month of your child’s birthday.


Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on  Monday, July 2, 2012 on this blog.  . Please note winner can claim the prize towards a non-one year old party as well. In other words, the party does not need to be a doljanchi.


P.S. If you don’t win, you can still throw the ultimate Doljanchi! Pretend City is offering a special 20% discount on all parties booked in June, July and August!


Photo credit to Sipper Photography.


How to Cut Costs When Planning a Doljanchi

Posted on: June 2nd, 2012

Cut Costs Inbox Ideas for Boys: Fake Rolex Watches

  1. Keep your guest list small and limit it to family and close friends.
  2. Save money by sending out an Evite or make  your own invitations.
  3. Consider no cost or affordable options, like your home, backyard, your community recreation center, local park, or possibly a friend or family member’s home. If you want to have it at a restaurant or banquet room, consider taking advantage of weekday rates.
  4. Ask your family and friends to help you decorate! DIY ideas can be found for almost anything. If you know a friend who recently had a dol party, ask them if you could borrow their stuff (such as dol go ims, platters, vases, etc.)
  5. Consider having your party during non-meal times. Dessert bar or snack bar would be an option. Or if you plan on serving food, ask your close friends and family to help you cook. If you plan to cater Korean food, cater through your local Korean market as it is usually cheaper.
  6. Order a smaller cake for display purposes and serve a sheet cake.  Or consider making cupcakes yourself or other home-made goodies.
  7. Provide low cost entertainment/activities for young ones. For example, you can download free coloring pages off the internet and provide a box of crayons. If you own board games, have it out for the children. Visit the dollar store or local craft store for their $1 deals. Ask a friend to help out by doing face painting or making simple balloon art.
  8. Ask someone to take pictures for you. Or purchase disposable cameras and have them on each table for the guests to take photos throughout the event.
  9. Borrow a hanbok from a friend or consider renting one.
  10. Download free printables or make your own doljabi board using a poster board.  Ask around to see if you can borrow a party banner or rent one! Or if you are creative, you can make your own out of butcher paper or cloth.

Creating a Custom Backdrop

Posted on: May 18th, 2012

Photo credit: Serena Grace Photography


Have you ever wondered why your table display never looks complete? Or have you ever felt like something was missing?  Well, Esther from My Bride Story illustrates how adding a backdrop to your table can make a huge difference in presentation!  How can you achieve this same look? You will need any type of iron, fabric ($20),spray glue ($7.99), and foam board ($20) = Total: less than $50 bucks! Make sure you buy a foam board that is big enough to cover your table length and desired height. You basically spray glue on the fabric and iron! For more specific instructions and photos, you can visit Esther’s blog here.