CAKE!

Recipe: A simple white cake with a vanilla frosting.

A few months ago I got an amaaaaaaazing birthday gift – a cake decorating toolkit! WOO! And tonight I finally had the chance to make a cake and used said toolkit to decorate. I decided to go with something simple for the inaugural use, so I went with a simple white cake from scratch, using a recipe I had used previously made, and a white frosting. Usually I stick to whipped-cream-based frostings, but I didn’t think they’d stand up to serious decorating so I had to go a new route – a butter/shortening-based frosting.

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January 25, 2011. Cake. Leave a comment.

Butter Croissants: Fun bakin, good eats!

Recipe: Flaky, buttery goodness rolled up into a cute crescent shape.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good baking challenge so I decided earlier this week that this was going to be the weekend of the croissant. This partly came about because it just seemed like something fun to do and also as a result of watching ‘It’s Complicated’ (don’t judge…) over the summer and seeing Meryl Streep somehow crank out croissants for Steve Martin in like an hour and wondering if that’s possible (it’s not…). Anyway, I turned to Epicurious for what looked like a more realistic and incredibly delicious and labor-intensive recipe, and I was not disappointed on either the taste or the fun baking process. My taste buds and baking needs have both been temporarily satisfied (although my waistline will almost definitely been in an unhappy place tomorrow given the MOUND of butter these things require…)

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January 9, 2011. Pastry. Leave a comment.