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 [...]

strawberry cake

strawberry cake

i have writer's block or maybe i should call it a strawberry jam SORRY you’ll need a 6-inch cake ring and a 6×20 strip of acetate cake (recipe from chocolate moosey) 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1 tbsp water 2 cups flour, sifted 1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp kosher [...]

chocolate butterbeer cake

chocolate butterbeer cake

after the sixth harry potter movie came out, there was some dispute over whether the movie promoted underage drinking: neville serves drinks to his comrades, harry splits a bottle of mulled mead with his professor, hermione is tipsy after a few sips of butterbeer. WELL, the BOOKS never disclosed whether or not butterbeer contains alcohol. they [...]

anatomical heart cake

anatomical heart cake

after completing this, i couldn't decide whether to label it as "anatomically correct heart" or "bloody rotisserie chicken." that last picture, especially, just screams chicken to me. either way, this cake is striking, and it's also pretty easy, as sculpted cakes go. i baked two red velvet cakes in oven-proof glass bowls. after letting them [...]

dump truck cake

dump truck cake

what has four wheels and flies? a dump truck! get it? sorry. it took me a while to understand. i made this for a three-year-old's birthday party. last year i made him a cake that looked like an alpaca. those are two pretty cool interests to have as a toddler, alpacas and dump trucks. next [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

gemstone cupcakes

gemstone cupcakes

welcome to the curio shop! hope you find what you're lookin for. i'm pretty sure everyone who reads my blog is over the age of 50 and doesn't get webkinz references, so in a nutshell: webkinz are stuffed animals that come tagged with a code. once you enter the code into the webkinz website, you're free to [...]