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Mini Yellow Cakes with Malt Chocolate Frosting

Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts

I have finished The Crown (I am a professional binge-watcher) and I LOVED IT. I love history and fell right into the series because of Wallis Simpson. I watched a documentary on her a few years ago so I felt like I already knew a small piece of the puzzle. I will admit that it was rather slow in the beginning but if you stick with it, it’s fascinating.

Now I’ve moved onto ABSTRACT. It’s like chef’s table but for artists and I’m so very into it because I find the process of any and all artists so interesting. I even love finding out how my food blog friends work. Like, oh you use fake light?! COOL! You get your surfaces and props from where? Interesting. I love the behind-the-scenes; I find it so very interesting.

I’m gonna be honest: these lil’ cakes look so neat and tidy but decorating them blew up my kitchen. I had five piping bags and somehow forgot to put twisty-ties on the end and frosting was gushing out the other end. I had like a pile of towels all filled with chocolate frosting and my hair was a hot mess. VERY grateful I was home alone because Amelia passes no judgement!

But when I finally came up for air and dug myself out of the mess, I loved how these little cakes turned out.

The yellow cake is delicious and rich. And the frosting is my absolute new-favorite.

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Cranberry Chestnut Cake

Cakes, Desserts, Holiday

Cranberry Chestnut Cake

I am currently prepping so hard to chill TF out for the break. I’m gonna be honest, this fall put in borderline burn out mode so I’m hoping that a bit of rest and chillaxation will give me some much needed energy.

This is also my favorite time to take a break because EVERYONE is taking a break. Usually if I go on a vacation in the month of May or April, I still end up working because I’m addicted to checking my email BUT NOT NEXT WEEK!

I’m also spending a bit of time doing some last bits of work, cleaning and organizing my apartment before we all head up to The Bay for the holidays.

We’ve also been binge-watching The OA and I am not mad at it. It’s SO good and weird and addictive and weird.

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Cranberry Chestnut Cake

If you have a bunch of time over the next week, definitely watch it. It’s also family-friendly (no weird sex scenes) so you will be a-ok to watch it with your father-in-law/grandfather, etc.

This cranberry chestnut cake is a lil’ thing I made last week when I had some cranberries in the fridge and remembered this beautiful cranberry frosting I saw on Food52 a month ago or so.

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Horchata Cake

Cakes, Desserts, Holiday

Horchata Cake

These past few days have been quite leisure. The emails have slowed. The deadlines have been met and everyone seems to be winding down for the holiday season. I am completely ready.

I have been chilling in sweats and watching episodes of The View and The Great Holiday Baking Show while I bake the day away.

Horchata Cake

I’ve already kinda made enough content for the month of December so these past few days have just been things I’ve wanted to bake. And this horchata cake was on that list!

I thought about it long and hard because the big question has always been: How do I get it taste like horchata…?

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Ombre Chocolate Cake with Mexican Chocolate Frosting

Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts

Ombre Chocolate Cake with Mexican Chocolate Frosting

Tomorrow we’re headed to a Netflix-themed Halloween party with my friend, Cassie, who works at the company. This entire week has been spent working and recipe testing and shooting. And in addition to that, I’ve been worrying if my costume is going to hit the mark. Halloween is probably my least favorite holiday and I usually stay home like an old person and eat candy.

Ombre Chocolate Cake with Mexican Chocolate Frosting

I really wanted to bring Amelia and dress her up like Eleven but we all know that she would never, ever tolerate a blond wig on her head. And seeing her in a bloody dress might genuinely creep me out! Check my Insta-stories for all of my costume details this weekend—it should be fun(ish).

In other more chocolate-y news, I have this fine dessert for you today. I teamed up with the most delicious, decadent, luscious chocolate maker: ScharffenBerger to create my chocolate ombre dreams in form of a cake.

Ombre Chocolate Cake with Mexican Chocolate Frosting

Ombre Chocolate Cake with Mexican Chocolate Frosting

I’m not going to lie, creating and developing this recipe hurt my brain. There was a lot of math! What I didn’t want was anyone (including myself) to have to make four separate batches of cake batter and frosting. I wanted to create one of each and then mix in the different amount of chocolate to make them different. After a few tries—success!

The frosting is maybe my favorite thing in the entire world because it is cinnamon-y and a little spicy and tastes SO much like Mexican chocolate.

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Ombre Chocolate Cake with Mexican Chocolate Frosting

And surprisingly, the ombre frosting isn’t too difficult. You sort of just slap on the different colors and use a bench scraper to combine them!

Ombre Chocolate Cake with Mexican Chocolate Frosting

Ombre Chocolate Cake with Mexican Chocolate Frosting

I kept the topping super simple with a handful of ScharffenBerger cacao nibs and a sprinkling of pearl sugar.

Today is National Chocolate Day, so here’s to hoping you’re eating chocolate (and hopefully making this cake!).

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Pumpkin Pupcakes for Amelia

Cakes, Desserts

Pumpkin Pupcakes

When I was away over the weekend, Josh told me that Amelia was sleepy and calm, which she never is. He blamed me. He said that I was her spirit animal.

It’s sort of true. We both humor and entertain and keep each other company every single day. She is my best friend.

We go everywhere together (Target, Home Depot, World Market, Michael’s) and are rarely not around each other. Since I work from home, Josh knew we’d be good for each other.

It’s Amelia’s birthday! She’s one year older but oddly not less puppy-like. She still plays ALL THE TIME. She still chews your hand when she gets excited. She still steals my socks and won’t give them back. She still barks at cakes and roast chickens and anything else she feels like she deserves.

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Olive Oil Cake Cookies with Blackberry Frosting

Cakes, Cookies

Olive Oil Cake Cookies with Blackberry Frosting

CAKIES! I learned this term from Izy’s book. I’m not sure if she invented it or if it was around before then. It’s hard to pin-point the origin of very sophisticated terms like that…but if you’re unfamiliar, it’s when a cake meets a cookie.

These are delicious spongey-cake-like cookies that are super floral thanks to olive oil. I used average-ly fancy olive oil. It’s hard for me to buy a bottle of $30 of olive oil AND THEN USE IT, you know?

When I bake with olive oil I still use stuff that’s not THAT expensive. Josh tries to talk me into using nicer stuff but it’s so so hard. I leave the fancy stuff for drizzling on salads or veggies.

Olive Oil Cake Cookies with Blackberry Frosting

Olive Oil Cake Cookies with Blackberry Frosting

I’m currently (trying) to stock pile recipes for fall. I have a feeling the season is going to swallow me whole so this was one of the last summer-ish recipes that I wanted to make.

I’m obsessed with adding fruit to glazes and frostings. You may think that some sort of artificial coloring was added to this frosting but think again, my friends.

ALL BLACKBERRIES.

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Italian Pistachio Cake with Roasted Plum Frosting

Cakes, Desserts

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For years, you could call me The Queen of Procrastination. Most people procrastinate doing things they dread like laundry, mailing bills, writing checks…you know, the boring stuff. BUT, I procrastinate doing the fun stuff, too.

Waiting until the last minute to get ready to go to a party? ME. Waiting and waiting to put my new pretty flowers in water? ME. Putting off baking a cake that’s been on my to-do list for a long time? ME. My apartment is so clean when I have other stuff to do.

One thing that’s helped me a lot in combatting procrastination is occupying my brain with something else. In the past few years, I’ve gotten really into listening to books on Audible. I’ve listened to all sorts of books! Recently, I listened to a book that was on my to-read list for years: Beautiful Ruins.

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Eton Mess

Cakes, Desserts

Eton's Mess

Eton mess is my favorite story because it involves a dog.

The story goes like this: summer-y people go on summer-y picnic and bring a mix of meringue and strawberries and whipped cream. A mischievous dog (picture Amelia type mischievous) jumps up and smashes said dessert. Summer-y people are very very bummed but eat it anyway because dessert is always necessary and they LOVE IT.

Eton Mess is born. I like to think that I made what was most likely in the back of the car, pre-dog. It’s a pavlova cake layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

Eton's Mess

Eton Mess is born. I like to think that I made what was most likely in the back of the car, pre-dog. It’s a pavlova cake layered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

It’s something that can easily be put together. Add a few flowers on top and baby strawberries and it’s instantly a dessert that is VERY Instagrammable.

The good news is that it tastes good too.

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Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Buttercream

Cakes, Desserts

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

I’m currently battling a slight cold. Apparently I had way too much fun at Universal Studio’s Harry Potter world, which by the way, was amazing. I feel like the only person on the planet earth that never really got into Harry Potter. But the advertisements on the radio lured me in so I went with my friend Whitney, her boyfriend Michael and Joshua. And I had SO MUCH FUN. Highly recommend.

And butterbeer? It’s SO GOOD. I kinda want to make a recipe on this here blog for a butterbeer because it’s incredibly unique. Think butterscotch meets cream soda with whipped cream on top.

These cupcakes are for mama’s day. I got extra, extra spring-y up in here to celebrate. I’m super bummed that I won’t be with my mom this year but if you’re lucky enough to be hanging with mom, then make her these.

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

Honey Cupcakes with Chamomile Frosting

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Chocolate Bundt Cake with Almond-y Cream Cheese Frosting

Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Alomond-y Cream Cheese Frosting

A few weeks ago I hopped in a car and drove 2 hours north to a small town called Solvang where I checked into a cozy little hotel and put on a robe (my favorite part) and was then scurried off to dinner (not in the robe, I put on real clothes) on a vineyard. Not the usual Monday around these parts but I reveled in being outdoors, tasting wine and food for a few hours straight.

This was all in honor of ALDI grocery stores coming to Southern California. I’m visiting my first ALDI store in a few weeks and can’t wait to show you more. I’m excited about the extensive organic products they have, especially organic butter and organic dairy (my two most expensive splurges in any given week).

In the meantime, here’s a little bit about my experience at the dinner and how it inspired this recipe for a Chocolate Bundt Cake with Almond-y Cream Cheese Frosting.

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