funfetti cake

funfetti cake

british english is so much better than american english.*  especially the insults. i'd much rather call someone a tosser or a prat than an idiot or a dumbass. i'd also like to start saying "cheers" in place of "thank you." apparently brits call sprinkles "hundreds and thousands"?? that's cool. it's sort of a mouthful but it [...]

lavender dream cake

lavender dream cake

i made this cake in honor of claude debussy! two days ago would've been his 154th birthday. debussy is amazing. his work is breathtakingly beautiful, and his nontraditional use of dissonances and intervals sculpted music's impressionist era and hugely popularized chromaticism. not only was debussy an incredible musician but he was also extremely eloquent. this is an excerpt [...]

neopolitan cake

neopolitan cake

i like some artificial fruit flavorings - banana laffy taffys, sour apple lollipops, and blue raspberry slushies are all delicious - but i have a strong aversion to anything made to taste like strawberry. that goes for strawberry milk, strawberry jelly beans, and store-bought strawberry ice cream. the quarts of neopolitan ice cream with chocolate, vanilla, [...]

doughboys cake

doughboys cake

i've spent the past month working my way through the sixty odd episodes of doughboys, a podcast in which the two hosts (mike mitchell and nick wiger) critique chain restaurants. it's incredible. they are the pete wells of the fast food world. each episode features a guest and a restaurant, and consists of an hour and [...]

blueberry cake with liquid cheesecake and graham crumble

blueberry cake with liquid cheesecake and graham crumble

the cheesecake factory has a massive tome of a menu, filled with a huge number of appetizers, entrées, and desserts. "over 250 dishes," it reads, "made fresh every day." WHAT? HOW? OVER 250? WHAT DOES "FRESH" MEAN THEN? you can walk into any of the restaurant's 185 locations and order filet mignon, or an egg roll, or a mac n [...]

gingerbread farm

gingerbread farm

while stuck in the sweltering reality of durham's 98 degree heat, i've found myself entertaining reveries of winter days spent in minnesota - what i would give to be taking a long walk through freshly fallen snow, or climbing up the first few icy rungs of a grain silo's ladder! i've built a little fantasy farm with gingerbread [...]

human brain cake

human brain cake

throughout most of middle school, i was set on pursuing a career in neurology. this was not because of a love for science or the medical field; rather, it was a result of reading ben carson's autobiography, "gifted hands," in sixth grade language arts. i grew out of the neurosurgeon phase, but carson remained in [...]