One of my all-time favorite flavors is hazelnut. I love hazelnut cake, I love hazelnut frosting, I love Ferrero Rocher, I love Nutella… the list goes on and on.
When my dad’s birthday came around, I asked what kind of cake he wanted, to which his reply was “a nut cake”. I tried my hardest to get him to be a little more specific, but alas, I was left with “a nut cake” and nothing else. I had seen this recipe for a hazelnut brown butter cake on Smitten Kitchen a while ago, and had been looking for an opportunity to try it out… and since hazelnuts qualify as nuts (I think they’re not one of those seeds-posing-as-nuts), I had my “nut cake”.
My company has summer hours, and that means that the Friday before this holiday weekend was a full day off – a complete welcome surprise! My dad’s birthday is always over Memorial Day weekend, so I knew I would be going home for the weekend, and decided to surprise my parents with a little baked treat to get the weekend started. Continue reading →
This week, while waiting for a bus on my daily commute, I decided to see if there were any little cookbooks I could download to my Kindle. The first thing I found was The Sweet Little Book of Cupcakes by Nicholas Peruzzi. And man, were there some yummy-sounding cupcakes in this book, with some flavor combinations I had never thought of before!
The first cupcake that immediately drew me in (there were many) was Buttermilk Pancake Cupcake. It is exactly what it sounds like – buttermilk pancake batter, tweaked slightly, and then baked just like a cupcake. And, of course, if you have pancakes you just MUST have syrup, so I added some maple syrup frosting on top. Not one to let breakfast just glide away so plainly, I decided to add some crumbled crunch bacon on top, because bacon makes EVERYTHING better! 🙂 Continue reading →
Well, it was a long and rainy weekend (any of those near the Chicago area know exactly what I’m talking about). After I had walked to and from the grocery store in the rain and wind, almost losing my footing and my little wheely-cart about three times and turned into a popsicle because of the wind, I decided to hunker down and make it a rose-filled weekend. I worked on gum paste roses for my cake decorating class, and then on decorating my cake of the week with a rose design that I had seen in passing that thought was beautiful.
One of my favorite cakes, oddly enough, is Red Velvet. I think I’m in the minority here, but I just love that it’s not overly sweet, not overly chocolate-y, and of course, I LOVE that it has cream cheese frosting (is there anything better??).
A little late on the holiday, so I’m celebrating Diez de Mayo today 🙂
After searching around, looking for something to spark my “I must make THAT!” reaction, I found my answer on Epicurious in the form of a Chocolate Chipotle Cake with Vanilla Custard Sauce and a Sweet Tomatillo Sauce. Very different, but sounded delicious (and had wonderful reviews).
I think the most complicated part of this recipe was finding the ingredients – seriously. Tomatillos are becoming somewhat more common, so that was easier than I expected – but chipotle peppers? Um… not so much. Continue reading →
Totally running late this week on my updates… but have another one coming soon!
This year for Mother’s Day, my mom told me I wasn’t allowed to bake – after all, I had Chocolates class the night before until 11 pm, and my cousin’s family was coming over the next morning to celebrate around 8 am. I managed to finagle a little something though – even though it’s not really made from scratch, I got to make the delicious, not-nutritious Monkey Bread 🙂
For those of you who don’t know, Monkey Bread is a pull-apart cinnamon sugar gooey baked good – it’s not really a cake, it’s not a bread… it’s just delicious. Half the fun of this one is eating it with your fingers and getting to lick all the cinnamon stickiness off your fingers afterwards. Continue reading →