Earth Day Cupcakes

This past Thursday had me running around the flower market to prepare for a decorative arts exhibition at Sotheby’s; I was assisting with the styling.  If you haven’t been to New York’s flower district, let me paint a mental picture for you.  The sidewalks are crowded with little pots of blooms, succulents, and wayward branches, all jostling for room.  They seem to be crowding toward the edges of the sidewalk for the most coveted spots, away from the foot traffic of people on their beeline to work.

I love navigating this urban forest.  Another styling assistant friend shared that jobs at studios located in the flower district were a hassle, because it’s hard to wheel the grocery cart through the organic sprawl.  Yeah… I’m pretty sure my wide-eyed flower enthusiasm will wear off pretty quickly, but for now, I’m still enchanted.

So, surrounded by endless flora, it’s safe to say that I have spring and nature on my mind, just in time for Earth Day on Saturday!  In the next few weeks I’d like to go to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry blossom festival, and hop aboard New York’s floating garden (which happens to host pop-up events, FYI!).  Be sure to carve out some time to experience and lobby for the photosynthesizers in your life.

Here are some Earth Day Cupcakes, complete with tiny chocolate mushrooms!  The mushroom-shaped chocolate-biscuit combos are one of my favorite Japanese cookies.  There are also bamboo shoot shaped cookies if you want to go really wild for the holiday.  Chocolate tree stumps exist as well, but I suggest saving those for a different day, they might send the wrong message on Earth Day…

These mini cupcakes are matcha flavored and topped with luscious chocolate buttercream.  A sprinkling of matcha dust on top of each cupcake gives the illusion of moss growing on some undergrowth.  Happy Earth Day!