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Piña Colada Cake

Cakes, Desserts, Summer

I’ve made this cake exactly 10 times. Haha. Whenever I think I know what I’m doing, cakes love to come out of the oven all messed up and tasting mediocre; they laugh in my face and humble me right to the ground.

All that testing was worth it because we now have a delicious cake that will remind you exactly of a piña colada. It has a balance of flavors of equal parts pineapple, coconut and rum. It’s only slightly boozy-tasting.

When I was making this cake, it reminded me of Hawaii. And yeah, a lot of that has to do with how many frozen piña coladas I consumed before noon when I visited.

I’ve only been once—last year for the first time—and it truly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. There’s a vibe in Hawaii, I can’t explain it. But I think whenever I go to lands where the indigenous culture is so alive and celebrated, it gives the place a magical vibe. I feel similarly when I visit New Mexico.

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Peach Shortcakes

Desserts, Summer

I’m currently in a very dark cave called 90-Day Fiance. It’s an amazing show, GREAT content. And surprisingly very good for productivity. I always need some sort of television that doesn’t require insane amounts of attention to play in the background while I work. And 90 Day show is perfect for that!

A few weeks ago we were blessed by being invited to a summer dinner party and I was tasked with dessert. I went strolling through the farmer’s market that weekend and I was stopped dead in my tracks by the fragrant, sweet smell of summery yellow peaches. Yum. I decided to buy a handful.

I wanted something that was easily transportable and would be easy enough to whip up in an hour or so. This fit the bill perfectly.

I made a sweeter version of Carla Hall’s biscuits. I added about 1/4 cup of sugar to make them a bit sweeter (they still weren’t very sweet so don’t worry).

I sprinkled the tops with turbinado/raw sugar and a bit of flakey sea salt; they were delicious! Since I was transporting this whole thing, this is what i did:

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French Silk Pie

Desserts, Pie, Quick and Easy, Summer, Winter

August is (as they like to say) the dog days of summer. Thick, slow and steamy. It’s usually when we’re all starting to think/hope warm temperatures are going to come to an end soon but in places like Los Angeles, they’re just getting started (unfortunately).

I posted this recipe for this French Silk Pie on The Instagram last Thanksgiving and realized I never properly posted the recipe here; you know, in real printable, easily-readable form. I like things to live here, too, especially given how Instagram captions can’t be rich-pinned and easily searchable. So here we are.

Also, this pie is perfect for this time of year when it is H-O-T. It’s something that can easily be made ahead AND transportable. Basically, a great formula for a summer dessert.

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