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: Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes

Ahh, velcome to Tuesdays vith Dorie…Haunted Cupcake Edition. Mwahahaha! As a holiday, Halloween doesn’t inspire a lot of passion in me. I can never think of brilliant costume ideas, and let’s face it, I chow down on candy year-round. However, I do love cake (and cupcake!) decorating, so when Clara at I Heart Food for…

Chocolate-Chile Souffles with Cardamom Creme Anglaise

When I read on Anita’s blog that this month’s Sugar High Friday theme is Spices, I immediately knew I wanted to make a cardamom dessert. Cardamom is an underutilized spice in my kitchen–I love the flavor, but I rarely make desserts that can showcase its unique, exotic flavor. I considering pairing it with fruit like…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Pumpkin Muffins

It is a strange fact of life that I love the flavor of pumpkin, but am conflicted about actual pumpkin foods. Pumpkin bread? Yes please! Pumpkin pie? Blech! Pumpkin cookies? Yum. Pumpkin ravioli? Noooo. Fortunately, pumpkin muffins fall firmly into the “EAT ME” category, so I was excited about this week’s recipe. (I was also…

Take Your Blog to Work Day

I’ve been a little quiet lately because work has been hectic. This past weekend we had a 100-person wedding (tiered cake, groom’s cake cupcakes, and mini cookie wedding favors) and a 300-person dessert catering event, in addition to our usual daily orders. And have I mentioned that we are currently a two-woman operation? Fortunately, we…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Lenox (non)Almond Biscotti

Let me start by saying: I really liked the recipe this week! Huzzah! Really, my enjoyment of this week’s recipe comes as such a relief. I was starting to get a complex, because I feel like every week I’m a Bad Attitude Bear. It’s all, “I wanted to like this recipe, buuuut…whine whine whine.” And…

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…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Cinnamon Crème Brûlée

Yes, this is a story about baking. It’s about crème brûlée, and how to make a fine, fine batch of cinnamon-flavored custard. But mostly it’s a love story. I am speaking, of course, about the love between a girl and her brand-spankin-new Bernzomatic Fat Boy propane blow torch. Because, you see, there is only one…

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