Tuesday, April 20

My Fantastic Experience on "The Martha Stewart Show" - {Strawberry Buttercream Bread}

Wandering through the city these past two days has been so fun! Mom and I didn't have any concrete plans (I'm weird about traveling. I just kind of go... Got that from Dad!), so we got a map and started circling things as we went. And I say "went," I mean WENT! Mom and I went allllllll over Manhattan. Not in a very organized manner, either. But it was so fun!

Some highlights:
  • Times Square - need I say more?
  • New York Cake and Bakery Distributors - Umm... Can I get an apartment here? Pretty please? Like, in the store?
  • The Metro - don't laugh! I think it's fun being able to navigate the city this way, even if I do love walking. It's just so convenient!
  • Billy's Bakery - they got me started on baking, after all! I had a banana cupcake and my mom had a lemon bar. Yum!
  • Dylan's Candy Bar - this place was cute! P's older sister, M, told me I might like it. She was right!
  • China town - Very cool!
  • Little Italy - It was SO pretty here at night!
  • Momofuku Milk Bar - This place is just as amazing as everyone says it is! Mom and I shared a slice of crack pie, a cup of cream cheese icing soft serve and a corn flake cookie. YUM! I might make her go back tomorrow - I want to try the carrot cake soft serve. How do they do it?!
  • Chelsea Market - can I live here, too? This place is AMAZING!
I love this city so much, but for some reason, it was nearly impossible to get my bearings! I can't figure out the difference between north, south, east and west for the life of me - which is unusual! I'm ok with the metro (I wish we had that back home!), but the streets here? Man, oh, man... Don't count on me for directions! I made my poor mom cross and recross streets so many times... I hope she'll forgive me! But lucky for us, there were a TON of people willing to help, and they did so without even being asked! Seriously - of all the big cities that I've been to, the people in New York are, by far, the most friendly and helpful!

But I'm sure what you're probably more interested in hearing about was our experience at the studio. IT WAS AMAZING! Being on The Martha Stewart show today was an absolutely incredible experience!

And P.S. - if anyone at the studio is reading this, I apologize if I'm remembering situations differently than they occurred. You were completely right; today was a total blur!

Mom and I woke up bright and early to get to the studio 7:30, and right away I could tell that it was going to be a great day! The people working in the lobby made me feel so welcome while we waited for J to take us upstairs - they made a wonderful first impression for the rest of the crew, and that first impression was spot-on! J, one of the women I have been corresponding with, was SO sweet - after walking us to the dressing room, she asked my mom and I if we wanted her to bring us anything or if I needed my outfit steamed.

She left briefly, and returned with a mug of coffee and some waters, along with an outline for the segment and a release for me to sign. While we were going through it, I was introduced to G, C (she was the first to contact me. This was the secret exciting news WAY back then), and JO, all of whom are some of the nicest people I have ever met! I'm not surprised, but I just couldn't believe how kind, helpful and patient everyone was. I really can't say that enough. J even brought Mom and I yogurt with blueberries and granola, and even though I know that's probably standard, it was very sweet of her!

After reading through the segment outline, G walked me onto the set, I was miked, and we started a quick run-through of the process. She explained everything very clearly, answered all my questions and made me feel very comfortable - she's so nice! I was particularly pleased to see that every one of the ingredient bowls were labeled with the included quantities. That was very, very, very comforting!

After running through it once, she reminded me to speak loudly, keep an eye on the cue cards and to just try to keep things natural. Oh! And I have to give a shout out to the camera and stage crew (if they're even reading), because they were amazing! I used to be part of set crew in high school, and I know it's not nearly the same caliber, but I was completely in awe of what they were doing just because I could kinda/sorta relate to it. I could not believe how calm they were... I know I bite my tongue on the blog, but if you get me backstage during a big scene change, man - you better prepare for some colorful language! I wasn't able to speak personally with much of the crew, but someone told me they liked my photos while we rehearsed, which I took as a huge compliment - he did have a huge camera on his shoulder, after all! Oh, and I think Jo, had been assigned the job of "babysitter" during the commercial breaks, but I didn't mind. He was fun to talk to - I hope he didn't mind my adrenaline-fueled giggling and babbling too much!

Anyway, G quickly lead me upstairs where I was introduced to D, who I learned would be doing my makeup. While she was working, I met Ch, who repeated G's tips and asked again if I was feeling comfortable. The two of them were incredibly sweet, and SO funny!

After makeup, I switched chairs and was introduced to N, who styled my hair. Although it was different from how I typically style it, I really liked what she did! We didn't talk a lot, but she was very polite and did an amazing job!

Hair and makeup done, I went back to my dressing room to wait for the show to begin with my mom. We waited for a little but, but she was eventually summoned to her seat in the audience, and I was alone! But not for long; C, J and G came in to watch, but we didn't pay much attention to the show at all, which was awesome, especially since we started talking about my favorite subject - food! They asked what Mom and I were going to do while we were in town, and when I told them that I didn't have any plans, they immediately offered to help make some. C and J left for a little while, and I couldn't believe it when they returned - the two of them had written a whole list of restaurants and bakeries for mom and I to visit, including addresses and cross streets! And C had something else - a copy of The Craft of Baking (by Karen DeMasco of Locando Verde, which I plan to visit tomorrow!) from her office for me to keep! Isn't that awesome? If you're reading, thank you so much for all of your kindness - you guys are awesome!

So - filming! About halfway through the show, Jo quickly led me through the hallways and onto the set, which was completely surreal - so many people wished me luck on the way there! After stepping onstage, I was quickly introduced to a smiling Ms. Stewart, offered a few last bits of advice, and then BAM! We were rolling! It was so much fun, but it went by incredibly fast, just like I had been told it would. I was really happy with how everything turned out, and after it was done, Mom and I both simply could not believe that it had happened. Working with Martha was SO COOL! I know I just said this, but I still can't believe that it was real!

I wish I had say more about the process, but everything happened so quickly that I don't know what else to mention. This whole experience was amazing, and I am so happy that I was asked to be on the show! Thank you so much to Ms. Stewart, C, Ch, D, G, J, Jo, N and the entire crew for everything you did for me, all of your kindness, all of your patience and every single one of your smiles! What you guys do is amazing, and I will never look at an episode of The Martha Stewart Show the same way EVER AGAIN!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! And THANK YOU, dear readers, for watching! And be sure to click here to check out the segment if you missed it!

But seriously guys, we have just half of tomorrow left in the city. Mom and I are going to go to the Empire State Building, The Shake Shack and Locando Verde (the last two were suggestions from the girls at the studio!) - what else should we do?!?!

As a side note, I would like to say that although I came up with the idea for this cake on my own, I realized after I posted that I am not the first person to make it. I know I can't prove it, and I know some of you won't believe me, but it is not my intent to take credit from anyone. They knew this during the show, but the point simply didn't come up during filming. Trust me - there was a lot of stuff that was planned on being included that just didn't come up. This is the earliest I can find, it's beautiful, it's on a great blog, and you should really check it out!

Strawberry Buttercream Bread
This is the result of a TOTAL mistake on my part, but it turned out really well! I was going to use some buttercream to fill some macarons, but when I added partially dried and pureed strawberries, the buttercream broke! But, rather than throw it away, I decided to try salvaging it. Please keep in mind that this is a guide; I just kind of added things in until I felt the batter was the correct consistency. Feel free to increase/decrease the amounts of any of the following ingredients so you can create a nice, thick batter.

1 1/2 c (355 ml) buttercream (Italian, Swiss or American style)
About 3/8 c (89 ml) pureed fruit of your choice (Mine was partially dehydrated, but I am not sure that's terribly important)
About 1/2 c (118 ml) flour, add more if the batter is too loose
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350F (175C), and oil a loaf pan.

In a mixing bowl, combine the frosting and fruit puree, whipping until the frosting separates and looks curdled.

In another bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Add to the wet, whisk to combine, and pour into the loaf pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out nearly clean or the cake springs back when light pressed. Cool ten minutes in the pan on a rack, then remove from pan and cool to room temperature. Slice and serve plain or with sweetened whipped cream.


  1. I'm glad you're enjoying NYC. It's a great city and there's plenty of stuff to keep you occupied. I'm not going to make any suggestions on what to do, mostly because I don't live there and when I do visit I mostly just go to concerts or Mets games (though the Mets are playing at home tomorrow night if you really want to go). Anyway, whatever you end up doing I'm sure you'll enjoy it and wish you had more time to stay.

  2. I recorded today's episode and have to say that I am SO proud of you! You were like a seasoned pro, and I love how you proved your skills and knowledge to Martha herself. (Sidenote: she seems much happier and light-hearted these days, and I'm for it.) Way to go!! You are a total charmer with talent in spades.

  3. Sigh I wish New York wasn't the other side of the world to me, sounds like an amazing city to visit. But thank you so much for sharing your amazing experience with us!

  4. Hi! Congrats on being on the Martha Stewart Show! YAY! My friend forwarded the link to your Rainbow Cake and I can't wait to try it!

    Not sure how long you'll be in NY for... My hubby and I were there in January (for the whole month) and I ate my way through the city!

    I made a little site of all the places I ate at... http://sites.google.com/site/eatingthroughnewyork/home/restaurants

    Not trying to promote the site. Just saw your question "What else should we do?!"

    Hope it helps! :)

  5. We really loved the burger place in The Parker Meridien. We were tipped by locals that it has the best burgers (and best kept secret) in the city and MUST agree!! Yum!

  6. Saw you on Martha, you were adorable!
    I'm drooling over all the deliciousness over here~

  7. What a fabulous experience, one you will remember for a long time!
    The bread looks delicious, great photos!

  8. Kaitlin: What a great post! I loved reading all the backstage stuff. What fun. I can't wait to see the segment online - I didn't get a chance to catch it yesterday. Kelly had twittered that you were going to be on.

    By the way - go to Porchetta and get a sandwich. She is famous for her porchetta. Have fun!


    Elaine (From Lansing)

  9. I'll try to search youtube to see if someone has your segment there! I want to watch too! Sounds like an amazing experience. Congratulations, and enjoy New York!!!

  10. Congratulations! I can't wait to watch the episode!

  11. Sounds like you had a fabulous experience! That is so incredible! I couldn't watch (had to work -- boo!) but I can't wait to see clips of your segment when you get it! Enjoy the rest of your time in New York! Sounds like you hit up a TON of great spots! But you can't leave without getting a slice of pizza and a New York bagel!

  12. Oh, how fun! Enjoy the rest of your trip :)
    Can't wait to see the video segment!

  13. I LOVED the rainbow cake! You were excellent on the show. Keep up the baking!

  14. Glad you had a great time on Martha'a. Didn't watch it live, but had a friend Tivo it and got together with her to watch it. "OMG! That's the cake you baked for me!" was heard more than once while watching it (yes, she knows I got the idea from you!). She thought you were devistatingly cute, even with your nervous giggle-fits (which calmed down after the first part of your segment). Good job on your experience in the show, hope your time in NYC is fun-filled and fantastic!

  15. You did a great job on the MS show. Very articulate, and you didn't seem nervous. I made your rainbow cake and everyone was very impressed with me, so thanks!

  16. Your TV debut was terrific. You were so natural and appeared so comfortable. Many older and more experienced than you seem to get so nervous with MS; I think it was the first time I've ever heard Martha give a nice compliment on a performance on air.

    I think you have a bright future-I suggest Martha give you a marketing intership with her company.

  17. you did great! and again, glad to hear you are a fellow MSU spartan!! you should check out serendipity for the famous frozen hot chocolate oprah loves: http://www.serendipity3.com/main.htm

  18. I thought you were fabulous. I love the cake. I am really excited to see your blog...it is so well done. Best of luck to you.

  19. You were so great on the show...I can't believe you have never been on TV before (and you are so young!). Your cake was amazing. I can't wait to check out your blog...you are on your way to great things, Congratulations!

  20. Wow, how did I miss this? SO COOL! Is the clip on YouTube anywhere?

    (I love Chelsea Market, too. It's so awesome.)

  21. Kathy Mertens ZawidehApril 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    What a nice note you posted today on your experience. You are really very gracious and its so nice of you to include such thanks to others.
    I'm so happy for you to receive the recognition you did for your wonderful talents.

  22. Girl, that sounds so amazing! I can't wait to see your segment on the show! P.S. Great way to save your broken buttercream!

  23. You were great! Natural and confident - it was terrific.

  24. I am so bummed I missed the show grrrr. I am so glad you are having a wonderful time in NY and had a great experience on the show. I can't wait to catch it online. Congrats again!!

  25. you were so professional. you should have your own show on Food Network. Good Luck in whatever you decide to do in your life. Love your blog.

  26. I was home recovering from having some oral surgery and happened to catch this episode! You were awesome, so likeable and down to Earth! It's such a fun cake, I can hardly wait to make it!! Congrats and good luck! Kim

  27. Oh wow, that is a dream come true...I have been a Martha fan for years...I even have an autographed book I got signed about 18 years ago, before she was seriously famous. I am so thrilled for you...you have me hooked and I will continue to follow you :) I'll have to check out the show when they post it on the website.

  28. Congrats! I watched the show yesterday and you pulled it well! You looked so at ease :)

  29. I love rainbow cake. This strawberry one looks awesome too! I'm glad you liked the city, it is dangerous for anyone with a sugar addiction. I cannot wait to see you on Martha!


  30. Aww it's lovely to hear that everyone was nice and welcoming! Sounds like a great day, thanks for sharing it with us!
    NYC is such an awesome city, sounds like you had the funnest adventure getting around :)

  31. I immediately went to Martha Stewart website and watched the clip, congratulations, you did a great job! :)
    And I know exactly what you mean about NYC, the metro, the town, the markets, the culture, the friendly New Yorkers, i totally fell in love with the city when i was there. :)
    Greetings from Slovenia! :)

  32. Watched the show and thought you did a great job! Congratulations! I loved how you guys were bringing up other ideas for making multi-colored layer cakes. After making your rainbow cake for my niece, I did a Wiggles birthday cake for my daughter a few months ago and each layer was in the different colors the Wiggles wear. But now I'm thinking about other ways I can do even more color combos. Thanks for the inspiration and for representing our state so well!

  33. I'm so glad that you were on the Martha Stewart show, otherwise I may never have discovered your fabulous blog!

  34. My Dear Daughter Kaitlin, thanks so much for letting me share this amazing experience with you. I couldn't possibly be more proud of the wonderful intelligent young woman you have become. I have no doubt there are even more amazing opportunities on the horizon for you. As for the walking.......you are forgiven. I love you.

  35. CONGRATULATIONS!! You're so lucky and blessed. I'm proud of you, too.

    I think people would suggest that you go to Serendipity for the Frozen Hot Chocolate or whatever it is called haha. Just be careful because they closed down due to a rat infestation a year or two ago.

  36. You were great on Martha Stewart, held your own. I was waiting for her to try to start picking with your recipe, methods, etc. I hate when she has an expert trying to show something and she keeps interrupting them to show them "her way." She might think it is helpful but it irritates me; she should treat her guests nicer. Sorry, I went on the wrong way, you rock girl and are going farrrrrrrrr but first enjoy college while you are young.

  37. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog! :) And of bigger importance: i just read your mom's comment, she's totally cool! :)

  38. I love your pictures :) And congratulations, where can I take a look at the segment?

  39. Just remember, in Manhattan numbered avenues run north-south and numbered streets run east-west.

    Also, North of canal street you can use the rule that if the Sun is over your left shoulder in the morning, you're headed Downtown (South) on an Avenue and left in the afternoon you're you're headed Uptown (North) on an Avenue.

  40. your trip sounds amazing! it's great that you got a chance to get on TV, congrats!

  41. Hi...big congrats to you! What a dream come true. I'm sure I'm one of many (many, many) who would LOVE to be a guest on Martha's show. Funny how technology works - I linked right onto your blog as I was watching the show (& now I'm following):) Am I remembering correctly that you are from MI? If so, our paths may cross one day. Anyway, great job and I'm loving what I'm reading/seeing on Whisk Kid!

  42. Hi there,
    I just wanted to tell you that I'm AMAZED about your baking and your blog. It's just WOW!!! I love baking, too and I'd love to try your recipes. You're such an inspiration. The thing is though, that 1) for me it's difficult with the measures (you know I'm from Switzerland and in Europe we don't use "cups" :) and 2) it's hard to find good equipment (for special frostings, decorations, etc.) here; we've just got "regular" stuff... :( . But still, I do enjoy reading you blog. It's wonderful.

  43. That sounds like an amazing experience. Congrats! On a side note, I just checked out 'Craft of Baking' from the library and love it. I am determined to own it. One day.

  44. This is awesome!!!! Congratulations!
    I didn't see the episode but I will look it up!

  45. Hi Kaitlin! I am making your rainbow cake for our Elementary School's Staff Appreciation luncheon next week. Cannot wait to see their faces when they slice it open!! Thank you for sharing...and congratulations on the MS experience! I've said it before and I'll say it again...THIS is JUST the beginning. :)

    Shannon W.

  46. Triple congratulations! Your Martha Stewart gig sounds fabulous. Your strawberry cake looks sensational. And I'm seriously envious of your talents behind a camera lens. A wonderful post in all respects.

  47. Hi! Thanks for your thoughts on A Spicy Perspective. Your blog is beautiful! I have made pound cake with sour cream before, but never chocolate cake--I'll have to give it a try! The strawberry bread looks lovely as well.

  48. I just saw your segment on Martha... IT WAS AWESOME! You looked so wonderful and natural... if I were there I'd be so nervous I'd have fallen into the mixing ball and mix myself up until light and fluffy. So, great job again and congrats! :) Petra

  49. the whole segment was totally awesome, and i'm totally jealous!

    my only question is, how does martha stewart not know what color is first in the rainbow? has she not heard of ROYGBIV or am i missing something here?


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