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 →
I was one of those suckers who got up today at 4.30 to make sure that I got to watch as much coverage of the royal wedding as possible (after going to bed around midnight last night after school). But honestly, it was SO well worth it. Although now I’m hyped up on coffee and probably will not calm down for about 2 days. **sigh**
(I also did not take very many pictures, given that I was running back forth from the kitchen to the living room while making the dough… but oh well!)
Last night before bed, I decided to make lemon curd and Devonshire cream (or a makeshift clotted cream), along with some scones to celebrate. I’m really not entirely crazy – but all of these recipes are incredibly simple, so I figured that I would have no problem getting all of this done (and I didn’t!). The clotted cream was ridiculously easy to make (basically dump it all in a mixer and whip until done), but the lemon curd was a little trickier. I was supposed to make it in a double boiler, but alas, I gave mine back to my mom after never using it, so I had to make it similarly to an anglaise, directly over the heat. Continue reading →
I have to admit, I’m in love with Cupcake Wars. I am fascinated watching shows like that and Chopped on Food Network, because I think it’s so neat watching people come up with recipes on the fly, with all these interesting flavor combinations! This past week I was watching with my parents while home for Easter, and the episode had several people using red wine in cupcakes. This, of course, intrigued me, and I immediately starting looking up wine cake recipes. Unfortunately, it seems that the chocolate-red wine combinations has the chance to make a dry, very dense cake, and all the white wine cake recipes I found started with boxed mix (um, no – to me, that’s not really a recipe!).
After searching around for a bit, I randomly found a champagne cake recipe, and decided to give it a whirl. For these cupcakes, I made a champagne cupcake batter, a very light strawberry and champagne cream filling, and a champagne buttercream. Continue reading →
Even though these aren’t cakes that I’ve baked recently, I thought it would be fun to include them here – these are all the cakes I’ve made in the past couple quarters at school. Strawberry Bavarian Cream Dobos Torte Tiramisu – … Continue reading →
As part of my new goal to start baking once a week for this blog (since my baking classes are officially over), I decided to try making a cake that fits with one of my favorite flavor combinations – orange and strawberry. I love making orange and strawberry smoothies, I love eating the orange and strawberry Skittles together, and now I’m trying to make it work with a cake!
For this cake, it’s not really orange and strawberry cake per se, but an orange cake with strawberry whipped cream. Sitting here writing this while the cake is baking, I really hope that the flavors compliment each other, and that one doesn’t overpower the other. The components both smell absolutely delicious, so here’s hoping! Continue reading →