frankenstein cake

frankenstein cake

just like frankenstein's monster, this cake is composed of a bunch of stuff shoved together into one whole. i opted to use leftover cake scraps instead of human and animal parts, though, and i think my creation turned out a bit better than dr. frankenstein's. i always have tons of leftovers in my freezer after a big [...]

ombré cake

ombré cake

it's so hard for me to choose a favorite between chocolate and vanilla cake. with most sweets, i have a clear preference — vanilla ice cream, chocolate pudding, white chocolate chips, chocolate cheesecake — but not with cake. i think chocolate cake is easier to "get right," because cocoa powder is deliciously complex while naturally [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]