cake

Applesauce Spice Cake

Applesauce Spice Cake

I’ve been traveling a lot lately (I’m in an airport right now), so I haven’t been cooking much. As in, I have cooked three times in the last three weeks, and I haven’t been home on a weekend since August 10. That’s my excuse for not posting anything lately. Hopefully I’ll have something new soon, but here’s a recipe I did back in July that I’ve been meaning to post. (Author’s note: I had to stop writing this until I could get home to look up the recipe.)

(more…)

Wedding Cake Chronicles Part II: Peanut Butter Chocolate Coma Cake

2014-06-17 00.09.00

So I’m getting better at taking fancy food pictures, by which I mean I applied a dopey looking edge blur effect and still couldn’t be bothered to move my random kitchen crap out of the way. I’m getting there.

Ok, so obviously this cake won’t be a tier of any traditional wedding cake, but I’m still including this cake as part of the Wedding Cake Chronicles because 1) I may use this chocolate cake recipe in the real thing, and 2) I’m contemplating making some other extra cakes for the wedding as alternative options/to accommodate more people than a 3-tier cake can feed.

With that out of the way, I must say: this cake was fucking delicious. But there’s a reason I’ve named it the coma cake–it was ridiculously rich. The first few testers took overly ambitious slices and we all ended up needing afternoon naps. The inspiration for the construction of this cake came from this blog post, though I made some adjustments to the cake recipe, used my own ganache recipe, and used a variation of the Swiss buttercream from my last post. I preferred this chocolate cake over the last one I made–whereas I thought the last one was a bit dry, this one was moist, fudgy and delicious. I’m a little concerned that said moist fudginess means it will not hold up well as a stacked wedding cake, but I will explore that issue later.

(more…)

Wedding Cake Chronicles Part 1: Chocolate cherry cake with Swiss buttercream

2014-06-08 21.08.37

There’s no peanut butter involved–I just suck at setting up fancy pictures.

Why I’m doing this:

Some friends of mine recently started planning their wedding and asked me to make the cake. [cue panic] I agreed, of course, because I am clearly not busy at all and I never turn down a chance to be awesome. I’m obviously a reasonably decent baker, but if I’m going to do this, I need to do this properly. That means finding the perfect recipes, flavors, and techniques to make this wedding cake look better than what a frantic grad student can make in her apartment kitchen. So my game plan for the next ~10 months now is to make at least one cake per month to figure out what the hell I’m doing.

9mtyg
(more…)

I ain’t got time to bake

Actually, I had a little time to bake, on Friday night, when for some reason my friends decided we needed to watch Predator. I can’t remember why we needed to do this, or why I needed to bake a cake to go with it, but it all seemed very important at the time. Therefore, cake!

IMAG0762

There are 4 parts to this recipe: the cake layers, Predator’s green blood (a.k.a. vanilla pudding), buttercream frosting, and strawberry sauce.

(more…)