asparagus cake

asparagus cake

i recently watched whiplash and black swan. one is about andrew, a jazz drummer, and one is about nina, a ballerina. the movies are very similar; both are about dedicated artists driven to madness by their abusive mentors and their own ambitions to achieve greatness. i see myself in both characters, mainly through andrew's desire to attain musical perfection [...]

doughboys cake

doughboys cake

i've spent the past month working my way through the sixty odd episodes of doughboys, a podcast in which the two hosts (mike mitchell and nick wiger) critique chain restaurants. it's incredible. they are the pete wells of the fast food world. each episode features a guest and a restaurant, and consists of an hour and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

big mac(aron)

big mac(aron)

these would be good for a weirdly themed party. maybe some ironic hipster kickback where all the grub is fast food from scratch? or an american girl doll mcdonald's tea party? makes two dozen big macs i used a basic macaron recipe tinted with cocoa powder for the bun, topped it with a slice of fondant [...]

superhero cake pops

superhero cake pops

themed b'nei mitzvot are making a comeback! themed bar and bat mitzvahs, though frowned upon by many a rabbi, used to be pretty common. mine was slightly music-centered, with sheet music centerpieces and eighth note table confetti. i hadn't heard about anything like that for a while, however, until i was commissioned to make 80 superhero cake [...]