Cakes

Tuesdays with Dorie: Kugelhopf

Kugelhopf: German for “Frustratinghopf” Oh, my friends. I realize that most of you do not know me in real life. I like to think that I present the best image of myself on this blog, and that you all think of me as a lovely, happy-go-lucky, cheerful person. My friends, this is a lie. The…

Life Lessons and the Pinkest Cake You’ve Ever Seen

60 quart Hobart mixer: $5000 16 pounds of powdered sugar and cocoa: $35 Adding the sugar while the mixer is on the highest speed: Priceless (Picture is my boss Esti, who graciously agreed to allow me to post–and mock–her secret shame in a public forum. What a champ!) We called this the “Paris Hilton cake”…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Caramel-Peanut Brownie Cake

Members of the jury, I ask you: can Dorie’s Caramel-Peanut Brownie Cake more accurately be described as Diabetes on a Plate Cake? Exhibit A: Exhibit B: Seriously, y’all. I love me some sugar as much as the next person, but this cake was intense. It was, in the terminology of my barely-remembered high school chemistry…

Hooray for Hollywood!

Living in Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign is a constant presence in our lives. My daily runs in Griffith Park often take me up near the base of the sign, and we have gotten so used to the large block lettering on the hills, we barely notice it unless we have out-of-town visitors. Given the sign’s…

The Daring Bakers: Hazelnut Gateau with Praline Buttercream

Ooooh the Daring Bakers challenge this month was right up my alley! I love all things cake (with extra frosting, please) and hazelnut-chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations. So I was really excited to see that our challenge was to make a hazelnut layer cake with praline buttercream. The cake part turned out…

Pearl Wedding Cakes

I recently did cakes and cupcakes for a wedding. The bride had a very simple, classic style. She mentioned that her fiance had given her a pearl necklace that meant a lot, and that her bridesmaids would be wearing pearls to carry out the theme. With that in mind, I decided to incorporate pearls into…

Red Velvet Cake

Last weekend I made a large Red Velvet cake for a friend’s milestone birthday.

The Daring Bakers Challenge: Opera Cakes

May was my first month as part of the Daring Bakers group, and what an introduction! Our challenge this month was to make an opera cake. Opera cakes usually involve thin layers of sponge cake alternating with chocolate or coffee buttercream and mousse, but the challenge specified “no dark colors or flavors,” so I decided…

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