Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream and Apples

October 14th, 2014 · 55 Comments · Cakes, Recipes

Apple Salted Caramel Chocolate cake closeup
 

Indian summer continues on in full swelter here in the bay area. It's honestly the hottest it's been here for the last six months: the mornings start out promisingly grey and overcast, and then by mid-morning it's just cloudless sky and shimmering heat. Not-so-little-Isabelle is growing out of her summer t-shirts and shorts, clothes I thought I could safely pack away by now but instead I'm desperately hoping will still fit until cooler weather finally arrives.

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Chocolate, Strawberry, and Rose Geranium Cake (and a bonus giveaway!)

August 4th, 2014 · 23 Comments · Cakes, Chocolate, Giveaways, Recipes

 
chocolate strawberry jam cake
chocolate, strawberry jam, and rose geranium cake

Here's the bonus strawberry-inspired recipe I mentioned on my strawberry tour recap post a couple days ago. Sometimes after several posts where I'm constantly trying to one-up myself in creativity, it's nice to go back to the basics. Sometimes all you really need is a good chocolate cake.

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Dessert First + Alessi: Olive Oil Cake with Roasted Peaches

May 16th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Cakes, Fruit, Recipes

Olive Oil Cake and Caccia cake server
Olive Oil Cake and Caccia cake server on the Quattro muri e due case tray

When I was asked to pick which Alessi pieces I would like to work with, I faced an overwhelming catalog of riches to choose from. Alessi has over 90 years of history and has objects in every size, in a myriad of materials from steel to porcelain. Although I would have loved to try my hand at some of their most iconic pieces, I focused on some more unique pieces that both reflected the summer theme and also spoke to my personal sensibility.

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Pink Ombre Cake for Baby’s 1st Birthday

February 6th, 2014 · 7 Comments · Cakes, Personal, Recipes

penelope bird pink ombre birthday cake

A couple weeks ago Isabelle turned one year old. One! How did my inaugural year as a mom pass so quickly!

I meant to post another update in between her six month milestone and now, but I guess a mega-ish update will have to do. Hopefully these periodic updates are still enjoyable!

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Mango Mousse Cake

January 8th, 2014 · 7 Comments · Fruit, Pastry, Recipes

mango mousse rose

Happy 2014! I hope you all had a great holiday and are staying warm and cozy wherever you are. Now that the business of 2013 is done, I’m looking ahead to this year and a fresh set of to-dos.

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Banana Cake with Passionfruit Caramel and Coconut Meringue

September 20th, 2013 · 8 Comments · Cakes, Cookbooks, Recipes

Banana Cake with Passionfruit Caramel

I'm all about soft, mushy foods these days; funny how a baby starting to eat solids will change your grocery shopping habits. Isabelle is a little foodie-in-the-making: although at eight months she's still got no teeth (I'm sure the moment I write this there will be one popping out) it hasn't stopped her from taking to solids with gusto. There hasn't been anything she's turned down so far - we're steadily making our way through pears and papayas, to apples and avocados.

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