pancake cake

pancake cake

most children's books depict pancakes in stacks of ten or more, drenched in maple syrup and topped with fat pats of butter. it's such an unrealistic image. even ihop's silver dollar stacks fail to meet the standard; lacking in both diameter and height, they only come in piles five high. this cake is how real pancakes SHOULD [...]

buttercream roses

buttercream roses

decorating a cake with fondant requires its own special skill set: the ability to work with speed and precision (it dries out quickly), a good eye for size, hands that aren't sweaty, money (it's expensive!)... and so on. comparing fondant cakes and buttercream cakes is like comparing michelangelo's david with the ceiling of the sistine chapel. each is a form of [...]

dark chocolate clementine cake

dark chocolate clementine cake

clementines offer a brightness matched by few other types of winter produce. beets are earthy and evasive; radishes are spicy and curt; grapefruit packs a punch, but its bitter aftertaste offsets its initial sunniness. january's gloomy nights, often solely illuminated by dull moonlight on dirty snow, parallel this cake's dense chocolate sponge and thick, dark ganache. solace arrives in the form [...]

dark chocolate cake with blueberry preserves and liquid cheesecake

dark chocolate cake with blueberry preserves and liquid cheesecake

nick jr. usually stops showing peppa pig around 3 am, so if i'm still awake, i turn to infomercials to keep me entertained. early one morning, bleary-eyed after enduring a two-hour long ad for hip-hop abs, i was about to switch the tv off, when suddenly.......big letters and boldly colored fruits flashed across the screen! a hallucination? an [...]

november + a chocolate espresso cake

november + a chocolate espresso cake

i think i have mild synesthesia. synesthesia is a condition where the brain joins letters, names, and shapes with a sensory perception like color, smell, or flavor. for me, it typically surfaces in the form of color - for example, 'monday' is light blue and the name 'mary' is red. sometimes it's influenced by personality, etc., and sometimes it's completely [...]

chocolate tahini cake with brown sugar, chocolate ganache, and halva filling

chocolate tahini cake with brown sugar, chocolate ganache, and halva filling

dark, damp chocolate cake is given a middle eastern kick with tahini, an oily paste made from toasted sesame seeds. savory-wise, tahini is the star of hummus and baba ghanoush, but it's also the main component of crumbly, cloyingly sweet halva. sesame halva is popular across the Balkans, the Middle East, and throughout the Jewish [...]

cocoa cinnamon cake

cocoa cinnamon cake

there's this little coffee shop here in durham called cocoa cinnamon. they have the whole industrial chic / exposed brick / gluten-free pastries thing going on. word on the street is sarah mclachlan said it had the 'best coffee on tour' during her DPAC show. though they have spice cake and chocolate cake, they don't have a [...]

pink lemonade cake with lemonheads and strawberry preserves

pink lemonade cake with lemonheads and strawberry preserves

have you ever gone to an amusement park or the zoo and gotten one of those frozen lemonade things you squeeze out of a tube? at first they're so cold they paralyze your front teeth and brain, and then a few minutes later they've completely melted into warm sticky goo. there is a sweet spot, however, where the [...]