funfetti cake

funfetti cake

british english is so much better than american english.*  especially the insults. i'd much rather call someone a tosser or a prat than an idiot or a dumbass. i'd also like to start saying "cheers" in place of "thank you." apparently brits call sprinkles "hundreds and thousands"?? that's cool. it's sort of a mouthful but it [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

banana blondie trifles with dulce de leche custard

banana blondie trifles with dulce de leche custard

      my preferred banana ripeness is spotted, brown, and mushy. i like them best when the peel softens to the point of falling off and the fruit tastes almost fermented. people often recommend getting rid of brown bananas by masking them with spices in a quick bread, but i think they deserve to be the star of their [...]