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 [...]

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, [...]

spring risotto

spring risotto

everyone always laughs when i say i want to be a firefighter. i do, though! i know it's a super strenuous job (both physically and mentally), but i think it'd be incredibly rewarding. also it would be cool to live with all my firefighter friends and slide down poles and shout "mayday!mayday!" when there's an emergency. segue >>>>> today [...]

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 [...]

gorgonzola dolce risotto with mushrooms and charred pistachios

gorgonzola dolce risotto with mushrooms and charred pistachios

in greek mythology, gods and goddesses eat ambrosia as their primary form of sustenance. it's never clarified what ambrosia actually is, physically, but i'm betting that it changes based on the preferred tastes of the consumer. i'm thinking that this risotto is probably what ambrosia tastes like to gaia (mother earth). it tastes like.. a forest? a creamy, [...]

cocoa cinnamon cake

cocoa cinnamon cake

there's this little coffee shop here in durham called cocoa cinnamon. i've actually only been there once (i'm not made of money), but they have the whole industrial chic / exposed brick / gluten-free pastries thing going on. you know the type. apparently, while addressing a DPAC crowd, sarah mclachlan said it had the 'best coffee [...]

mocha soufflé roll with whipped cream and a ribbon of caramel (gluten-free!)

makes ten servingsIt's Passover! The absence of bread gives us an excuse to make this decadent dessert, adapted from The Jewish Holiday Kitchen. First comes an airy chocolate soufflé - don't be intimidated by the word 'soufflé,' it's incredibly easy! Then we make a quick batch of whipped cream and drizzle it in caramel sauce. Add a layer of [...]

milky salted caramel with whipped cream

makes two servingsIndulge!Lowkey copied this recipe from my favorite blogger and favorite person in general, Joy the Baker. This impressive looking dessert is secretly extremely simple. Boil sugar and water, then stir in butter and cream and salt. The whole process takes about five minutes, just make sure you have a good mise en place (french term [...]