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  • Welcome baby girl cupcakes Welcome baby girl cupcakes

    Welcome baby girl cupcakes

Welcome baby girl cupcakes

You might have noticed I have had a sudden flurry of blogs. There are a few reasons for this: my eldest is in kindergarten now so I have a few hours (okay 2) where I am only dealing with one kid; the holidays are fast approaching and baking is synonymous with the holiday season in my mind; I will be returning to work soon and I don’t want my blog posts to pile up even more than they have now. With my maternity leave coming to an end, I am reminded that a dear friend’s maternity leave is also coming to an end. We were pregnant together and I was thrilled to make some cupcakes for her welcome baby party several months ago. She is one of my nearest and dearest friends; I’ve known her since we were 6 and I hope our kids will grow up together too! I […]

  • Dark chocolate Buche de Noel with meringue mushrooms Dark chocolate Buche de Noel with meringue mushrooms

    Dark chocolate Buche de Noel with meringue mushrooms

Dark chocolate Buche de Noel with meringue mushrooms

  This is the single, proudest moment I’ve had as a baker this holiday season. I really thought I lost my baking mojo until I produced this whimsical Buche de Noel. I’ll admit I’ve made quite a few cheesy treats over my time. I like the glitz and the glam and the glitter and the flashing lights. I like the red and the green and the cartoon-type figures that please my toddler. But a Buche de Noel, a traditional dessert served at Christmas, is for me evocative of a fallen log in a snow-dusted forest.┬áIt’s untouched, it’s pure. It’s a quiet, delicious moment undisturbed by the usual din and racket. It’s indulgent simply because it takes so long to create something that disappears in just a few minutes.Making a Buche de Noel has been on my baking bucket list for a long time. I used to Google “Buche de Noel” […]

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  • Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake

    Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake

Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake

  Isn’t this sweet? I made this mini cake with 4.5 inch springform fans for a dear friend of mine for her 30th birthday. I wanted to make something special so I thought I’d tackle a three-buttercream recipe. I was inspired from the cover of the latest cookbook from Miette (I just adore the bare edges) but mainly from Sweetapolita. It was harder to make than I thought because I didn’t level the layers of cake properly so one of them was at an angle, and it seemed to me like the cake would tip over. This cake ended up being a bit of an investment because of the springform pans, but I’m so glad I purchased them because I am always looking for a way to indulge my friends and I think a mini-tiered cake is the perfect way. I’ll be honest. This recipe has completely changed the way […]

  • Lemon-kissed buttercream cupcakes Lemon-kissed buttercream cupcakes

    Lemon-kissed buttercream cupcakes

Lemon-kissed buttercream cupcakes

  While I tend to fall back on tried-and-true cupcake recipes such as vanilla bean or Devil’s Food, sometimes I yearn for a little lemon. I made these for a springtime party but I’ve also made them since then for a baby shower. I found this recipe online when I wanted something a bit more sophisticated at the last minute and I knew I had lemons in the fridge. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned before but I’m not the biggest fan of buttercream. I love how it looks when you pipe it, but there are certain recipes that just taste much too buttery for my taste. This recipe changed my mind. This has become my favourite buttercream recipe ever. If you don’t like lemon, suck it up and try it out anyway. You will be pleasantly surprised I think. A testament to how much I like this recipe is […]