neopolitan cake

neopolitan cake

i like some artificial fruit flavorings - banana laffy taffys, sour apple lollipops, and blue raspberry slushies are all delicious - but i have a strong aversion to anything made to taste like strawberry. that goes for strawberry milk, strawberry jelly beans, and store-bought strawberry ice cream. the quarts of neopolitan ice cream with chocolate, vanilla, [...]

blueberry cake with liquid cheesecake and graham crumble

blueberry cake with liquid cheesecake and graham crumble

the cheesecake factory has a massive tome of a menu, filled with a huge number of appetizers, entrées, and desserts. "over 250 dishes," it reads, "made fresh every day." WHAT? HOW? OVER 250? WHAT DOES "FRESH" MEAN THEN? you can walk into any of the restaurant's 185 locations and order filet mignon, or an egg roll, or a mac n [...]

pancake cake

pancake cake

most children's books depict pancakes in stacks of ten or more, drenched in maple syrup and topped with fat pats of butter. it's such an unrealistic image. even ihop's silver dollar stacks fail to meet the standard; lacking in both diameter and height, they only come in piles five high. this cake is how real pancakes SHOULD [...]

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 [...]

super smash cake

super smash cake

the first boy i remember having a crush on was marth, one of the characters from super smash bros. then it was link, another character from the game. i definitely had (have) a thing for animated boys with swoopy hair and swords. when it came to actually playing, i always chose pikachu because i thought (he? she?) had [...]

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 [...]