• Baking Recipes,  Christmas & holidays,  From the books,  Layer cakes

    {Christmas Countdown 2013} Just because lamingtons remind me of snow

    We’re only a few days away from Christmas now, and it is on a day like this more than on any day of the year I start thinking about snow. (Especially since the weather these past few days has been on the warm side!) I wonder what it’s like to have snow falling on your face, brushing past the tip of your nose like a silent kiss. I wonder how those tiny white specks feel rolling between fingers that try to catch them. Do they feel like sharp icicles or are they really as cottony soft as they look on television? I haven’t been fortunate enough to witness falling snow…

  • Baking Recipes,  From the books,  Layer cakes,  Lemon Obsession

    Lemon cakes and well wishes

    It was an incredibly dreary day when I made this, and yet I could not allow it to permeate the purpose of this cake. The summer weather has been odd, abruptly throwing rain in the middle of heat waves whenever it felt like it, like a child throwing a tantrum, or maybe a person splashing water into the face of another in the heat of an argument. Either way, the clouds had caused the sun to cast a dark gray sheen over everything, but thankfully not on our moods. Jason was holding my camera as I messily assembled his birthday cake. ‘Hurry up, will you!’ He told me as he…

  • At home,  Baking Recipes,  Layer cakes

    A tall cake for the tall birthday boy

    I have three younger brothers: the first one is a year younger than I (more on him later) the middle one has the same birthday as I do, only six years later (I think this is why we can get along the best when things are on the up and up– because we share the same kind of interests and for the most part have similar qualities. On the flipside, we also have the worst kind of fights.) the youngest one is my sweetie pie, because he is the sweetest little boy I know I’d be lying if I said we all got along perfectly fine, but I’d also be…

  • Baking Recipes,  Experiments & experiences,  Layer cakes

    Belated First Blogiversary Purple Ombré Cake

    What is the punishment for forgetting your blogiversary, I wonder. Do you get banned from tasting your future creations, or get cursed with really bad food photographs? I certainly hope not! Well, I started my blog on the 5th of February last year (World Nutella Day too apparently), but all this time, I thought it was actually the 25th of February! How in the world did I come up with this 20-day gap date? Must be all that sleep I’m losing that is messing with my head. In any case, I went ahead and made my little blog a cake to celebrate. You know what they say, better late than…

  • At home,  Baking Recipes,  Cheesecakes,  Layer cakes

    A cake to match a relationship of epic proportions

    My brother Jason and I have a love-hate relationship that reaches to the extremes of the Universe. So epic is it in fact, that during the times we absolutely hate each other, I would go so far as to give him the silent treatment for weeks at a time and completely ignore his existence. And it’s not only me who doesn’t get along with him, my other siblings often have it out with him as well, but not as… awe-inspiring as my fights with him can get sometimes. When we were younger it was much, much worse. My parents used to joke that we were like cat and dog, though…

  • At home,  Baking Recipes,  Dearly Dreaming Dorie,  From the books,  Layer cakes

    {Dearly Dreaming Dorie} A Black and White birthday cake for Papa

    I don’t tend to say it out loud, but I like going out of my way to do things for my Dad, big or small. That’s why despite having zero experience and practice in making real layer cakes, I stubbornly pushed through with this one. I wanted to make him a birthday cake. A few open cookbooks later, I decided on one of the most elegant-looking cakes in Dorie Greenspan’s wonderful cookbook. It’s become such a habit for me to pick a Dorie Greenspan recipe whenever I’m baking something for the first time. I have had much success using her recipes; but I turn to her mostly because I like…