lucky charms cupcakes

lucky charms cupcakes

today's my senior prom! i'm actually feeling pretty sentimental; it will be my fourth and final year of attending. freshman and sophomore years were great (i felt very cool being surrounded by upperclassmen), but i think this year will be the best. there's something special about attending as part of the graduating class. but it's also crazy and sad that it'll be [...]

cookie layer cake

cookie layer cake

i've lost track of the number of times the media has named durham the new "it" town of the south, specifically when it comes to food. southern living says we're the south's tastiest town. the new york post deems durham the foodie capital of the south. even buzzfeed ran an article called 34 amazing things that will make [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough brownie cake

chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough brownie cake

  this is more a Neat Stack Of Diabetes than it is a cake. rounds of peanut butter cookie dough get spread with chocolate ganache and squashed between brick-like layers of brownie, then doused in more ganache and frosted with rosettes of whipped peanut butter buttercream. butterbutterbutterbutterbutter. i'm not sure what the best occasion for [...]

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 [...]

star-spangled cheesecake bars + popcorn pops

star-spangled cheesecake bars + popcorn pops

on with the themed b'nei mitzvot! this one was broadway-based. the centerpieces were displays of playbills and it was so classy/cute/something my thirteen-year-old self would have very much envied! i tried to keep the desserts aligned with the color scheme (black, white, and red) and somewhat broadway related. popcorn pops - aka popcorn-balls-on-stick - for the 'audience,' [...]

a birthday black(berry) forest cake for molly yeh!

a birthday black(berry) forest cake for molly yeh!

molly's love for wine is among the things i learned after meeting her at the cold mountain retreat in asheville. i contemplated attempting an immaculately frosted cake - adorned with marzipan, in molly's signature style - to celebrate her twenty-sixth birthday. instead, i decided to make a cake that i can picture the two of [...]