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Hamburger Cake

Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts, Summer

Two cake posts in a row?!

Not to worry, I have some savory foods in the pipeline coming soon. And then I have more cake. I like to think that this cake is part savory part sweet because it’s a cake that looks like a hamburger!

Do you follow Lyndsay from Coco Cake Land?! She’s one my favorites on the innanet. She’s so funny and sweet and strong and rad. Her new book Coco Cake Land: Cute and Pretty Cakes to Bake and Decorate is out and it is hoooooot!

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Peach Maple Yogurt Cake

Cakes, Desserts, Summer

I’m currently watching old BadGirlRiri music videos because I’m procrastinating from cleaning out the dishwasher. There’s a white film that’s coating all my dishes and after I did some googling I found that it must be clogged and I gotta clean it with citric acid. Sounds fun!

A few weeks ago, I went to Vermont where everything is maple this and maple that. I came home regretting that I didn’t buy a jar of maple cream. So I figured it wouldn’t be too difficult to make it and umm…it’s not difficult per se, but man is it time consuming and petty. I love pettiness but not this type of pettiness, you know?!

I’m dreaming of maple cream cookies or making cajeta or dulce de leech but with maple. Maybe I’l put my cookie cutters that I bought in Japan to good use.

Instead, I opted to put off my maple cream dreams for fall (sounds more seasonally appropriate) and make something summery…with just a hint of maple.

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Elderflower Lemon Cake

Cakes, Desserts, Spring

This might sound totally ridiculous because literally I do not know her and she’s going to be like a Duchess or whatever BUT I kinda feel badly for Meghan Markle. I can’t be the only one!!

Yes, I think this account on Instagram is maybe the funniest thing I’ve ever seen but on the real, DANG her family drama is a mess. Her mama seems cool though so thank the heavens for her.

Are you planning on watching the Royal Wedding? I know a lot of British people think Americans are so weird for being obsessed with their royals but we are. And I have to be honest, I definitely pay attention–I think it’s kinda fascinating.

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Fluffy Corn Cake with Guava Frosting + Photos from Colombia

Cakes, Desserts

A few weeks ago, Nespresso invited me to Colombia to learn more about how their farming practices deliver high quality coffee in a sustainable way…You all know how huge of a fan I am so how could I say no?!!

I overnighted some rain boots and hopped on a flight to Medellín, Colombia. From there we all jumped on a helicopter (I was maybe a little nervous about it—heights are not my friend!) to Jardín, a small town about 2 hours south of Medellín. It’s a coffee town, surrounded by coffee farms, which sprinkle the region.

When we arrived in the town center of Jardín, it was early Sunday morning and the town was full of people coming in from their farms for a day of church and relaxation.

The town of Jardín is quaint, colorful and abundant with roses. Farmers and their families drink coffee in the square, gossip with their friends, buy groceries for the week and spend a day of leisure. So, we did that too. We had a chill breakfast and began to learn about Nespresso’s sustainability story…

I was lucky enough to sit with the US President and CEO of Nespresso, Guillaume Le Cunff, and Director of Expocafé, Juan Carlos Ardila, and his wife, Davi. I loved all of them so much. Juan Carlos, whose own father was a coffee farmer, told us the story of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, developed together with the nonprofit the Rainforest Alliance.

I learned that there are so many more components to creating a sustainable company and industry than just environmental. Socio-economic sustainability is important, too!

A lot of coffee farmers, specifically small coffee farmers, are susceptible to so many things that are out of their control: mainly weather and market volatility. Meaning if one year the weather is erratic and makes a farmer’s crop unsellable, the farmer makes little to zero money that year. This obviously makes it incredibly difficult for a farmer to support their family.

Nespresso is exploring ways to help farmers deal with extreme climate impacts, including providing crop insurance for farmers in Colombia. In addition, Nespresso is working with a number of local partners on a pension plan for Colombian farmers, making retirement and financial stability a possibility.

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Carrot Sheet Cake with Buttercream Flowers and Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Cakes, Desserts, Holiday

It’s Easter this Sunday. As a child, we were not Easter Basket people. We went to church for mass and that was it. We always had a nice meal but my mother didn’t believe in treating that day as a day for gifts and money. As a child, I didn’t even know what I was missing. I talk to my friends now and they all got money, candy, baskets, Easter eggs full of cool stuff. WTF, mom?!?!

I was not a deprived child so I can’t really complain at all. I really can’t. One thing that I always loved when spring time came around was carrot cake. I think my mom would buy it from this local Italian market and theirs was SO good and fluffy.

Years ago, when I first started baking, I made a recipe from Southern Living and it was incredible. Since then, I’ve made other versions and frankly, they just weren’t that good. So this recipe is basically theirs but with more spices, walnuts instead of pecans and more salt.

And the directions have been rewritten to be a bit more streamlined. But I can’t say a bad thing about the recipe. I didn’t know how to improve it—I tried. We made this thinking we would be like oh we definitely have to make it more moist, we definitely have to change this or that.

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