Cakes

Lemon and Raspberry Bird Cake

My friend KT is having a baby, and I volunteered to make the cake for the baby shower. We decided on a bird theme, and since she likes “anything but chocolate cake,” I chose a lemon cake with layers of lemon and raspberry curd. The cake is covered in fondant, with a gumpaste bird and…

Daring Bakers: Fashionably Late Valentino Cake

Yes, it’s March, and I’m just now posting the February Daring Bakers challenge. I could make excuses about my busy schedule, but I prefer to blame the tardiness on the month of February itself. Only 28 days! Two days less than every other month! HOW can I be expected to keep on top of everything…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate White-Out Cake

There’s nothing like a minor cake freak-out to make you feel like a jerk.The situation was thus: I had a fairly busy day scheduled, and everything was running behind. I didn’t get up early enough, so my gym trip ran behind, so I got home later than planned and had only a few minutes to…

TWD: Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread this week! Yesssss! Was I alone in doing the fist-pump over this one? (Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the world who actually likes gingerbread cake. Seriously, mention it to people and they kind of grimace at you and mutter things like “sticky” and “molasses bomb.” Now I know how the…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Surprise! Your Berry Cake Fell!

So, about that genoise recipe. I think I speak for all of us when I say: %$&*@~&$!!! I made the cake recipe twice, can you believe this was the “good” one? It seems like everyone had problems with this cake sinking dramatically. Someone on the TWD board wrote Dorie and got a reply stating, basically,…

Christmas with the Daring Bakers: French Yule Log

Given the timing, it wasn’t a surprise that this month’s Daring Bakers challenge was a Yule Log, or Buche de Noel. It also wasn’t a surprise that this was the most time-intensive, complicated Yule Log I’ve ever made. Most yule logs that I’ve seen are comprised of a thin sponge cake rolled around a mousse…

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”…

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