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 [...]

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 [...]

pound cake with hidden pumpkin center

pound cake with hidden pumpkin center

makes twelve servings Although this is a time-consuming cake, the final result is delicious and beyond impressive. Okay, so my cake ended up a little under baked. Substantially under baked. Near raw. BUT!! That does not mean that yours cannot be amazinglythoroughlyundoubtably cooked throughout. When the cake had been in the oven for an hour, I [...]

chicken and roasted brussels sprouts panini with shaved parmesan and caramelized onions

makes 4 panini  What do you think of when you hear "brussels sprouts?" If limp, grayish-green, over boiled mini cabbages come to mind, then your world is about to change. Roasting this universally hated vegetable gives them a kick that will make you buy them by the barrel. This panini was discovered by taking everything [...]

pink lemonade cupcakes

Made up this recipe and it turned out great! Pink lemonade concentrate adds that tangy flavor (it can be found in the frozen juices aisle in supermarkets). Makes 64 mini cupcakes or 21 regular size ones. Start with your normal cupcake base.. Spice it up with some pink deliciousness..    ..and brace yourself for cupcake [...]