Tuesday, July 6, 2010

MacTweet's Challenge: Rhinegold and Punk Rock Pink Macarons

This month's fun MacTweets Challenge was to create a macaron based on a song.

I found myself with a list way to long to choose from so I decided to represent my two extremes, classical and punk rock. There are plenty of music styles I love in between  - show tunes, world music, Disco, Jazz, Gospel... but me, I have always been motivated by extremes.

Dr. B is a Wagner freak. He saw his first Ring in 1988 and opera is heard most frequently in our house.  He can sit with the texts for hours playing the music and following along, studying the way the pieces were constructed.

Before we met, I wasn't much into opera except a piece here and there. Then came total immersion when we lived in Munich.  I sat through all 16 hours (on four separate nights) of The Ring at the Munich Opera. It was a modern version. Siegfried was represented as a homeboy with a boom box and the Rhine Maidens were three slutty party girls. Even though Wagner may have been spinning in his grave, it was a fabulous piece of theater with a opera star studded cast and I loved it.

The Ring is represented at the highest point of our home, almost like a place of reverence... These prints watch over the kitchen.

So I thought it would be fitting to dedicate a macaron to them:

Rhinegold Macarons with Bavarian Cream Filling

Using Tartelette's Macaron recipe, I left the shells without food coloring and then painted them with gold luster dust liquified with a little vodka

For the Bavarian Cream filling I used this recipe.

However, often when I am alone in my kitchen I resort to my teenage punk rock years and especially love to blast the Ramones - I wanna Be Sedated being my favorite.

I loved punk rock when I was in my teens and 20's,  had hot Pink hair and am still in possession of my vintage selection of motorcycle jackets. Many nights were spent at clubs like Max's Kansas City and CBGBs (RIP) pogo-ing into the early hours of the morning to live punk bands like the Ramones.

My macaron tribute to my punk years are these:

Punk Rock Pink Macarons with Sugar Coma Marshmallow Filling

I used neon pink food coloring for the shells.

Because my drug of choice has always been and always will be sugar, for the filling I went back to the Ramones song I wanna Be Sedated  and created a Sugar Coma Marshmallow filling.

  • 1 cup marshmallow cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Black gel food coloring

Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl using a mixer until smooth.
Add black gel food coloring.
Put filling into a pastry bag and refrigerate for 15 minutes before using.

Now if I could only learn to slam dance and fold batter at the same time....


  1. Lora O Lora...you did it in style! Love your jazzed macarons and love the inspiration. Intrigued and loving The Ring that watches you! How COOL is that! Both your choice of fillings have me mesmerized too! CLAP CLAP ... thank you for rocking with us this month!

  2. Wow, Lora, your macs are great! What a clever idea to paint the shells. I'm going to try that technique next time. And that wild pink is electric and very dramatic. Stunning post!

  3. Love the hot pink. Takes me back to the 80's. All I need is a side ponytail. I like the idea of the marshmallow cream for filling.

  4. You fuchsia macs captures the 80's brilliantly. Let's get the party started!

  5. Great interpretations. Those gold ones are a really pretty idea.

  6. Punk rocking macs are brilliant and I love the gold ones too, very classy!

  7. ohh I love the luster dust...very creative...and rock on with the pink ones,love the sugar coma marshmallow filling idea !

  8. Awesome Lora! Loved the inspiration for both the macs. Must admit opera is seldom heard at our place, but hubby is/was a Ramones fan ;).

    Love how you made the macaron all golden too. Great work!

  9. Macarons and opera! Two of my favorite things!

  10. LOVE this post! LOVE the punk macs the most! great work!!!

  11. Lora,

    These are awesome! I love the idea of using the luster dust. It gives the macs that perfect golden hue. I love the Ramone's I wanna be sedated the colors of that mac totally pop!

  12. Two different mac's! You always have something worth coming in to check. They are both so tempting and beautiful. I would love to hear the opera . . . only a dream.

  13. Love this gold version of yours...

  14. Love this combination, a mix of Warhol and Prince! The neon pink macs look like something Vivienne Westwood would have for afternoon tea.

  15. These are both so fantastic! I love the combinations...and they are so creative!

  16. I love the gold luster dust, and the bight pink! Kudos to you for doing TWO!
    I'm not really a fan of opera, but my dad is! When I was a teen I went with him to see(hear) the Metropolitan opera try-outs at USC in Los Angeles:)


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