Flaky Doughnuts at Home

Hello!  If you’ve been reading any type of food news in the past few weeks, you’ve heard of the famed Cronut by NYC’s  Dominique Ansel Bakery.  The cronut is a sweet and delightful marriage of a croissant and a doughnut.  Currently the wait for one is a few hours although you can also find them on the…

Bonjour, Macaroon!

There is nothing I like better than crisp Fall air early in the morning, the sun becoming bright in the sky.  I like it almost as much as I like learning a new cooking technique.  Last night, a friend and I became privy to one of the baffling mysteries of the culinary world.  “How the…

Who? Dr. Who.

Let me start my saying that with the exception of a trip to a Dr. Who Experience while I was in England last year I have had no other experience, knowledge or understanding of the whole Dr. Who phenomenon.  My understanding of the whole this is still a little low, however cake I know.  Cake…

Rainbows and Doodles

Hello friends, I hope you are faring well in this sweltering heat wave.  Today’s post is about a birthday cake I prepared for a co-worker’s daughter’s 4th birthday.  She was having a rainbow themed party and we must have both been on the same wavelength because we both knew if I was going to make…

Nice (Sticky) Buns

I love my dad.  My dad loves Sticky Buns.  My dad has been searching for a good sticky bun for like 20 years.  Ever since our hometown bakery, The Sticky Bun Shop, closed.   They were a full-service bakery, not just a place for buns.  They made the best birthday sheet cakes ever and it…

Here Comes the Cake

So the chocolate seashells I posted last week were a big hit. And the cake and surprise bridal shower went off without a hitch. Here is the final cake- three layers of all-butter vanilla pound cake, filled with lemon curd (thanks Trader Joe’s!) and frosted with a salted vanilla buttercream. The decorations? White chocolate molded…

She Makes Seashells

I’m in the process of making a beach themed bridal shower cake. I decided to go more classic instead of kitschy. I’m making a three layer pound cake, filled with tangy lemon curd and frosted with a homemade butter-based buttercream. No shortening here! The final touch is white chocolate molded seashells. I’m really excited about…

Cake Balls…Finally!

After reading and seeing endless posts from Bakerella, Family Circle, Martha Stewart, et al it was about time I make cake balls too! For a recent bachelorette weekend, I made a chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and finished with a dip in violet Wilton candy melts. I used a double boiler to melt the candy, but…

It’s Coffee Ice Cream Day!

Did you know that today is national Coffee Ice Cream day?  I love coffee, I like ice cream and I can’t decide how I feel about coffee ice cream to tell you the truth.  But, I came across this great recipe on Serious Eats (a favorite site of mine) for Ice Cream without a machine….

That’s a Fine Recipe

Good Monday Afternoon!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  This was a productive weekend for me, which are the best kind 🙂 In between taking pictures of the storm clouds rolling over the city, I enjoyed a beautiful Saturday at a local produce stand, watched the US gymnastic trials and spent a good part of…

Mini Recipe Box

*I’m trying something new- blogging from a bus* So, I have the best coworkers! Today I got this cute mini recipe box (with 10 cupcake and 10 frosting recipes) from one of favs! It also happened to match the aqua flats and bright melon shirt I was wearing perfectly! The outfit looked better than it…

These Pretzels are Making Me Thirsty!

God love my aunt Shannon. Not only is my Godmother a great baker and cook, she always manages to find the best foodie gifts. She’s the same aunt that gifted me with this fabulous necklace among other things. Plus, as a fellow cake decorator, she’s a great resource to ask about frostings, tips and fondant….