In an ironic twist of events, having a bun in the oven is keeping me from baking and cooking as much as I used to. I’ve been told to avoid sugar (horrors!) and keep my feet up when I get home from work. This means the amount of time I usually devote to baking has been drastically reduced. However, I will continue to post blogs drawing on a bank of recipes I have used but not yet blogged on – so please don’t be put off by my idleness. I’ve got some good things I’ve been saving up, including a delicious cinnamon roll-type cake, tangy lemon coffee cake, moist blueberry cake, and even some cupcake designs you haven’t yet seen. So check back and don’t be shy to drop me a line. I love hearing from my readers, be it in the comments section or via email.
It struck me that ever since I started this blog, I’d neglected chocolate desserts as I’d lost my taste for chocolate since becoming pregnant. It’s not that I won’t eat chocolate, it’s not my first choice, nor will I ask for it. This from the girl who used to have to eat at least a bite of chocolate every single day. But my family and friends shouldn’t suffer, right?So I decided to try my hand at a recipe for flourless chocolate truffle torte as I had all the ingredients in my pantry. The result was a pretty cake which would be a stunning accompaniment at any brunch or dessert table. I can’t say the dessert was a resounding success, and perhaps part of the problem lies in my taste buds as I didn’t even finish my own piece. As expected, the cake was dense, but I found it […]
Lemon-scented desserts remind me of breezy summer nights on the Amalfi coast, where every dessert menu features at least one, if not more, lemon-infused delights and trees hang low with the weight of the luscious fruit. Lemon-based sweets are just tart enough to awaken the senses but sweet enough to soothe them too. No one can turn down a slice of lemon meringue pie, or lemon poppy seed loaf. Lemon is just subtle enough to win over dieters but also to satisfy anyone with a serious sweet tooth. This year for Mother’s Day, I asked my mother what kind of dessert her taste buds desired, and she asked for a lemon cake.I knew this cake would have to travel well, so I crossed my recipe for lemon meringue tart off my list. When I found this recipe for Ina Garten’s lemon yogurt loaf cake with blueberry sauce, I was […]
I made these for the arrival of a friend’s bouncing baby boy. These aren’t quite as pretty as my pretty in pink cupcakes, or as whimsical as my Easter egg nest and Star of Bethlehem cupcakes. But they are perfect gifts for new parents of baby boy, or even to make for a baby shower. And I am definitely getting more adventurous since my days making simple cappuccino cupcakes with chocolate frosting and dragees, and a bit more skilled at using my piping tips since I made my spiced apple walnut cupcakes with brown sugar butter cream and red and green piped hearts.The best news of all? I’ve finally mastered the art of defrosting butter cream after making too much. So how do you defrost butter cream after freezing it?First, make sure you pack it in tightly sealed Tupperware container and don’t forget to place a layer of plastic […]
Everyone loves cheesecake. I challenge you to find someone who doesn’t. Some may politely take a bite out of my sticky toffee pudding and push it aside, explaining it is too sweet, too heavy; or protest through a mouthful of Bahama Mama rum cake that they can only have one bite; or observe the bowl of cherry chocolate trifle from afar; but any time I make cheesecake, the platter is wiped clean. Maybe it is the smooth creamy vanilla texture that melts on your tongue. Or maybe the ripe fruits glistening atop the cake are too much to resist. For me, the buttery graham cookie crust is irresistible. In any case, I have tried dozens of cheesecake recipes over the year. In fact, cheesecake was one of my standbys as a child (yes, when I was under 13). But it was only until I followed the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe […]