london fog cake

london fog cake

edinburgh castle sits swathed in a shroud of cold fog, perched atop a craggy bluff overlooking the scottish capital. while visiting the city in november, my parents and i trekked up edinburgh's cobbled streets to take a self-led tour of the castle. unfortunately, after five minutes of standing in the wind, my appendages were purple and [...]

strawberry cake

strawberry cake

i have writer's block or maybe i should call it a strawberry jam SORRY you’ll need a 6-inch cake ring and a 6×20 strip of acetate cake (recipe from chocolate moosey) 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1 tbsp water 2 cups flour, sifted 1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp kosher [...]

chocolate butterbeer cake

chocolate butterbeer cake

after the sixth harry potter movie came out, there was some dispute over whether the movie promoted underage drinking: neville serves drinks to his comrades, harry splits a bottle of mulled mead with his professor, hermione is tipsy after a few sips of butterbeer. WELL, the BOOKS never disclosed whether or not butterbeer contains alcohol. they [...]

dump truck cake

dump truck cake

what has four wheels and flies? a dump truck! get it? sorry. it took me a while to understand. i made this for a three-year-old's birthday party. last year i made him a cake that looked like an alpaca. those are two pretty cool interests to have as a toddler, alpacas and dump trucks. next [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]