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, [...]

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 [...]

brown butter cake with roasted rhubarb, salted caramel, and pistachio crumble

brown butter cake with roasted rhubarb, salted caramel, and pistachio crumble

let's take a second and personify rhubarb. it might come across as sullen and cynical, with a lot of pent-up anger towards strawberries for always stealing the spotlight, but it's really just thirsty for some attention. some recognition. once roasted, its bitter flavor and tough stalks break down to an addictive soft sourness. paired with the dark brown [...]

tuesday tuesday

tuesday tuesday

i made a spineless cactus cake! i say 'spineless' as in it literally doesn't have any spines, but i guess you could give it to someone who's acting like a coward to send a message?? it's a metaphor.  the cake is dark chocolate and the frosting is flecked with orange zest. i cut the cactus shape out [...]

minnesota!

minnesota!

i experienced a week of the midwestern lifestyle and it was so quiet and wonderful! there were lots of card games, grain elevators, naps, and dishes like cheeseburger chowder and lasagna soup. we went to charlie's cafe twice because of their colossal caramel rolls, and i got to spend lots of time with my cousins, aunt, and 97-year-old (!) grandma. [...]

pink lemonade cake with lemonheads and strawberry preserves

pink lemonade cake with lemonheads and strawberry preserves

have you ever gone to an amusement park or the zoo and gotten one of those frozen lemonade things you squeeze out of a tube? at first they're so cold they paralyze your front teeth and brain, and then a few minutes later they've completely melted into warm sticky goo. there is a sweet spot, however, where the [...]