Happy Birthday to Me: Strawberry Pink Velvet Cake

This is a big post, and it’s a big birthday for me. Last week I turned 40. (I actually made this cake in time for my birthday, I’ve just gotten to posting about it now). When I started this blog ten years ago, I was single, working full time as a design engineer in San […]...

Alice Medrich’s Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy Easter! I took opportunity of the occasion to try out another recipe from one of my current bookshelf must-haves, Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours. The hubby had marked the particularly tempting Carrot Spice Cake for my list to Things He’d Like Me to Make, so I pulled out the carrots and cake pans to give […]...

Theo Chocolate Stout Cake with Mint Whipped Cream

In the never-ending quest for the perfect chocolate cake, I realized that I’ve never tried a very popular variant, the chocolate stout cake. I’m not much of a beer drinker, which is why I’ve passed by this cake many times, but with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I thought what better time to revisit my […]...

{Sweet San Francisco}: Paris Baguette Bakery

I’m excited to see an increasing number of globally-inspired bakeries rising into the spotlight in the Bay Area’s ever-growing pastry scene, opening people’s eyes to a world of sweet pastries beyond just American and French-inspired treats. Asian bakeries have always flown a bit under the radar, but several modern new chains are making Asian pastries […]...

Happy Year of the Monkey! With Chinese Pineapple Cakes (Feng Li Su)

Happy Chinese┬áNew Year! I’ve just returned from Hong Kong, where preparations for the Year of the Monkey were fully underway. I’m sad I couldn’t stay for the actual new year festivities, but I’ve brought back plenty of new year treats, including these traditional Chinese pineapple cakes that are a wonderfully simple baking project as well. […]...

Holiday Gingerbread Cake with Cookie Butter Frosting

Happy birthday to my husband! When you’re married to a food blogger people tend to say things like, “You must eat really well!” and “How lucky to have a house full of food all the time!” Well, to be honest, he’s actually a better cook than me, so sometimes he comes home wanting dinner and […]...