Monday, May 24, 2010

Get Lost

I was a latecomer to the Lost party, catching up on DVD over the course of the last couple years. Season 6 was the first one we watched live and it has been very hard waiting a week in between shows and not being able to jump to the next episode on the disc menu! Awhile back I wrote about the Lost weekend I gave to Bob for his birthday a couple years ago - we played hermit for three days and watched the entire third season. For the series ender, we figured we'd become a little more social. . .I even had a boarding pass to the party:
My friend Claire threw a finale get together with one simple rule: no talking during the show! With a 2 hour re-cap show, 2 1/2 hour series finale and Jimmy Kimmel Live special, it was quite the evening. I kept waking up all night with visions of Jack in my head. Too many hours of Lost in a row!
Dharma Initiative labeled foodstuffs peppered the table as we dished out grilled pineapple, pork loin (substituted for boar), kebabs, and mango salsa.
I contributed to the spread by bringing Red Velvet Cupcakes. Having never made these before, I was very pleased with how they turned out.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

30 Servings
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 (1 ounce) bottle Red Food Color
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 (16 ounce) box confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla.

Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into 30 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Frost with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese, softened, butter, sour cream and Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.
My first idea was to find a bag of tiny airplanes and have them crashing into the frosting of each cupcake, but then I decided to line them up in a cake pan to create one scene as if it were a full sized cake. I dyed some of the icing sky blue and the rest of it the color of sand using yellow, red and a little green. Picking up wooden shapes from Joann Fabrics, Oceanic 815 fell out of a cupcake sky onto the desert island (or rather, the dessert island).
The nametags were all Sawyer-given nicknames for various characters and I made sure to grab Freckles. I dressed like Kate, which really just entailed a tank top, jeans, a belt and curling my hair. Although not the intent, the gross sweat stains the characters have sported all year also made an appearance as we had our first 90 degree day in Chicago! It was still 80 degrees when we left Claire's around 10:30!
So what did you think of the finale? I was happy with how they ended things, knowing that we weren't going to get a laundry list of answers checked off. And I'm a sucker for happy reunions which I think the church scene definitely embraced - have we ever seen Jack and Sawyer hug before? I doubt it!


  1. Love it! Thanks Lydia! Your cupcakes were the hit of the party!

  2. This is all amazing! I love the boarding pass invite! And dharma food labels are always fun, i gave my friend a 'Dharma cheesecake' for his bithday a coupla years ago.
    I only watched the finale a few days ago - i know, i was very behind- and while im not completly down with the purgatory idea, i did like the reunion scene too, and it must have been so fun for the cast to film.