Aug 2

Let’s Eat! at the Orange County Fair

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Cupcakes for the OC Fair

The Orange County Fair is currently underway (July 15 — August 14, 2011), and if you’ve never been, shame on you! But don’t worry, there’s still time to make restitution for your sin.  Every year the fair has a theme, and this year’s theme is “Let’s Eat!” which I happen to think makes this year’s fair especially fortuitous.

Orange County Fair 2011

So basically, you should go.  You have between now and the end of the day on August 14th to get to the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa and enjoy all that the fair has to offer.  That is a lot of time!  No excuses!!  I’m also a bit biased, and even more excited than usual about this year’s fair because this Saturday, August 6th, I will be doing a live cooking demo (at 11:00a.m.) and also judging the Cupcake Classic (at 1:00p.m.)!  So if for no other reason than pity for me being all alone up there on stage when I do my demo, you need to get to the fair!!

Making cupcakes for the OC Fair

I will be demoing a cupcake recipe that I developed specifically for this year’s OC Fair.  The recipe has gone through multiple stages of development and rigorous critique by multiple Fuji family members and friends.  It’s not hard to convince people to eat cupcakes for the sake of recipe development around here.  The cupcake is a lemon basil mochi cupcake—moist lemon mochi cupcake, filled with lemon curd, and topped with basil lemon buttercream. I have to say that it’s probably one of my favorite creations and I can’t wait to share it at the fair!  If you come, please say hello!

Lemon Basil Mochi Cupcakes

2011 OC Fair: Let’s Eat!

La Fuji Mama Cupcake Demo: Saturday, August 6th, 2011 at 11:00a.m.

OC Cupcake Classic: Saturday, August 6th, 2011 at 1:00p.m.

Schedule of other OC Fair events

OC Fair on Facebook

OC Fair on Twitter

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Fuji Nana August 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Do we get samples of your new creation if we come to the fair? If so, I’ll be there! (Okay, I’ll come even WITHOUT the sample, but I’ll be happier WITH one.)


Amber August 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Wow! That looks delicious! I love our county fair, but ours is only 6 days long, not an entire month, so I missed it this year… Wish I lived closer and I could see your demo!


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) August 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Oh the fair! I have seen Instagram pics of the OC fair from a few other bloggers, too. I need to get to the San Diego fair when it starts.

Those cupcakes look…heavenly with that FILLING!


Quyen - Kitchen Runway August 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Looks great! I love lemon and basil together — but add mochi…and that sounds like a winning combination!


Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves August 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Congrats on sampling at the fair! I’ve never been and like your post says, yes, let’s eat! i only go to fairs to eat. I save the rides for six flags!


[email protected] August 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Holy Crap- I think I just fell in love with you. This sounds amazing!!!! I hope you post the recipe cause I cant wait to try it.


Katrina August 3, 2011 at 1:16 am

Yummy! Those look fabulous. Why can’t my city have a country fair?!


Barbara | Creative Culinary August 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

You know it’s almost un’fair’ to tease us with that cupcake and not give us a recipe, right? Hope you’re feeling better today…and the best of luck with your demo; wish I could be there. At the fair. :)


[email protected] August 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Ok, this looks like a MUST attend event! And really shame on me ‘cos I had never heard of it either :-( But really the worst past is that you show us a photo of that Ahh, so delicious cupcake and don’t share a recipe!! Hoping that you’ll share it atleast after your demo or else I will have to plan a visit next year :-)


Jamie @ Wokintime August 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Lemon mochi cupcake – It sounds amazing! Is it made with mochi flour? I can imagine how moist and chewy it must be. Oh i love mochi and lemon curd.

@ Barbara – yes totally un”fair”. I wish I could be there too to sample these cupcakes.


Fuji Papa August 9, 2011 at 4:07 am

Rache, just tasted one of these cupcakes – best cupcake I’ve ever eaten, hands down. I love how moist it is and very lemony. And the topping is crazy good. You are the Dessert Mama.


Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious August 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm

The boyfriend and I go to the O.C. Fair every year, it’s kind of become a tradition for us. Hopefully I can catch you there when we go.

And your cupcake sounds divine!!


Jocelyn August 10, 2011 at 5:19 am

I’m drooling over these cupcakes. Please, please, please post the recipe!


Diane {Created by Diane} August 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

so wish I could have been there, I would have begged you for one of those beauties! Can’t wait to hear all the details!


Marly August 11, 2011 at 7:17 am

What a lovely cupcake! I’m sure hoping you’ll post the recipe one of these days!


Roxana GreenGirl August 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I’ve read so many wonderful things about the OC fair. wish i lived on the west coast ..
Those cupcakes look great!!


lynn @ the actor's diet August 16, 2011 at 11:28 am

i’ve never been to the OC fair – hopefully i can get my act together for the LA one!


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