dessert

Double Chocolate Butter Cookies with White Chocolate Icing

I made these chocolate cookies as Christmas cookies and decorated them with melted white chocolate. The recipe is based on this one from King Arthur Flour. Those cookies are fancy stamped cookies with molded white chocolate medallions on top. I get it King Arthur, you want to sell me fancy cookie stamps and chocolate molds, but I OUTSMARTED YOU. How? By making these as regular cookie-cutter holiday cookies and piping white chocolate on with a pastry bag. I also replaced their blend of bespoke cocoa with Hershey’s Special Dark. (more…)

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

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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.

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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!

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

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