red velvet cake with chocolate and vanilla liquid cheesecake

red velvet cake with chocolate and vanilla liquid cheesecake

a few months ago, while trying to stay awake in ap calc, i pulled out my notebook and jotted down a list of momofuku-style cake ideas. christina's cakes are deliciously novel, setting a precedent for layer cakes with textured fillings and exposed sides. unfortunately, they often require special order ingredients like pistachio paste and passionfruit puree. admittedly, [...]

coconut cake with kaya, strawberry preserves, and lemon cream cheese buttercream

coconut cake with kaya, strawberry preserves, and lemon cream cheese buttercream

kaya is the asian version of dulce de leche. it's a thick, milk-based spread with a fragrant nuttiness that comes from being cooked for a long time over low heat. comprised of coconut milk, sugar, and pandan leaves, the kaya in this cake adds a sweet layer of texture with a subtle coconut flavor. tangy lemon cream [...]

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 [...]