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 [...]

super smash cake

super smash cake

the first boy i remember having a crush on was marth, one of the characters from super smash bros. then it was link, another character from the game. i definitely had (have) a thing for animated boys with swoopy hair and swords. when it came to actually playing, i always chose pikachu because i thought (he? she?) had [...]

chocolate lemon smash cake

chocolate lemon smash cake

smash cakes are endlessly beneficial. they provide an incentive for deep-cleaning your freezer. they spawn exotic flavor combinations. packing together bits of cake is therapeutic (i find it to be a good way to channel anger or frustration). peeling off the acetate at the end is extremely satisfying; it reveals a creation that is messy and cobbled while being perfectly [...]

chocolate malt cake with malt fudge and charred marshmallows

chocolate malt cake with malt fudge and charred marshmallows

many describe childhood as tasting like strawberry poptarts, animal crackers, and crustless pb&js. to me, it tastes like ovaltine powder scooped straight from the jar. i skipped the milk and relied on saliva to keep me from choking, allowing the powder to moisten into a thick, fudgy paste in the back of my throat. ovaltine is [...]

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 [...]

almond joy cake with a marzipan unicorn

almond joy cake with a marzipan unicorn

instead of going the pumpkin route to celebrate the october season, i decided to convert my favorite halloween candy - almond joy - into a cake. i filled two 6-inch rounds of flourless chocolate cake with creamy coconut and frosted them with sweet almond cream cheese buttercream. if you're a diehard fan of Everyone's Favorite Squash, [...]