Monday, October 29, 2018

Spooky Spider Web Cake


This cute little number was done for a girlfriend who absolutely loves Halloween. She found this cake concept from FoodNetwork via Instagram. I took the basic principles from the recipe and made some small edits. Unfortunately, there are no pictures from our ladies-date of the inside of the cake but I will break it all down!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies {Copy Cat}

These decadent cookies were specially made for a friend's long-time girlfriend -- that I have never met. I've seen pictures! She's a real person! See, my friend and I only get to see one another once in a blue moon. We met way back in college (via MySpace, now that's a blast from the past). Life takes you in different directions. Recently, they moved into our neck of the woods so I invited them to dinner - the same weekend she was going out of town. Dang it.

I decided to breach the distance through food. Most people would pick a batch of cookies over a handshake any day.

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Little Big Top Cake {Raspberry & Pinot Noir Cake}


Come one, come all, to the greatest show in town! It's the Little Big Top Cake!

This little cutie of a confection was made for a wonderful friend's birthday! I had a few key elements to start with when planning this cake: 1) she's always loved the circus and dreamed of being in one when she was a kid; and 2) her favorite fruit is raspberries. With a flick of the ol' baker's wand - I came up with this combination!

Monday, August 20, 2018

"We'll Miss You" Cake


This is a quick post-it note for a cake that I made for a going-away-party. It was made for a friend's co-worker who was leaving their happy team at an elementary school. Though I don't know the person, I could tell she was going to be sorely missed by her peers and they insisted on nothing but the best. That meant using the, "good butter" and premium vanilla extract. I relied on the old faithful recipes including this vanilla cake with Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves - a house specialty. The cake is frosted in my favorite swiss buttercream but the flowers needed a firmer frosting to withstand the the summer heat.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Hibiscus-Maple Syrup Icecream


A few months back, I randomly attended the MetroCooking food convention in Washington D.C. The overall event was not what I had expected and to be honest, a little disappointing. You pay for general admittance, then you pay to eat food from various vendors. There were a few special promotions like cooking lessons and the BBQ food section of the venue. I can understand paying for a cooking class but an additional cost just to access the BBQ section? Where you still have to pay to eat food? In conclusion - serious money grab. My recommendation is to review the list of vendors and try them out independently.