Harry Potter Cauldron Cake

ImageRecipe: A marble cake layered with a malt semisweet chocolate frosting, covered in candy melt mold to look like a cauldron.

My older sister, Amy, and her family are in town this weekend for the Girl Scouts Rock the Mall (it was awesome, by the way). But, as it turned out, it’s also Amy’s middle daughter’s 10th birthday on Monday, so I volunteered to make a birthday cake for the family party tonight. When I was visiting them a month ago, I made the mistake of asking Mia what kind of cake she wanted, thinking she would say something like “Strawberry!” Or, “chocolate!”. Basically, I thought I would get a standard cake flavor and that it would just look like…a cake. No, Mia is incredibly creative. And, what I got was “cauldron cupcakes!” – Mia is a big Harry Potter fan and I love her for this – made of a marble cake and a malted chocolate frosting….



June 10, 2012. Cake, Chocolate, Marble cake. 1 comment.

Blackberry and Blueberry Buttermilk Cake (ho-hum)

Recipe: A buttermilk cake topped with a layer of blackberries and blueberries.

So originally I hadn’t planned on baking this week. My evenings are pretty packed as of late what with rowing (don’t ask me about rowing unless you want me to talk your ear off about it. I love it. And I think it loves me. Also, I’m totally getting a wicked set of guns – just ask me to flex for you next time I see you. Ok, don’t actually – you’ll be disappointed…. ok back to the cake). Yes, what with rowing and random events with friends (can we saw Flight of the Navigator on the big screen??), getting ready to go back home for a weekend to attend my friend’s bridal shower, and then turning around and going out to Sacramento for a long-anticipated visit to see another good friend… I’m exhausted just thinking about it. But also tremendously excited! But all this traveling also means that I need to clean out my fridge and one of the things I wanted to use up was some buttermilk. Fortunately, buttermilk is in a good proportion of baked goods so this wasn’t going to be difficult.


August 22, 2011. Blackberries, Blueberries, Cake. Leave a comment.

Chocolate angel food cake with a pomegranate whipped cream frosting (go go experimental baking!)

Recipe: A layered chocolate angel food cake with a pomegranate whipped cream frosting.

I think in my entire life I’ve had angel food cake… twice? Maybe three times? It’s fine. It’s largely guilt free. I don’t recall it ever blowing my socks off though. But it’s been a long winter (read: working out has been sporadic at best) and I’ve been enjoying far too many desserts far too often, so I wanted to try my hand at something slightly less fattening. But, I wanted to do something interesting. So after pursuing the internet for various options I came up with a chocolate angel food cake. The only problem was that both times I had angel food cake it was with whipped cream and strawberries. Unfortunately, it is entirely the wrong time of year to buy just about any fresh fruit – enter pomegranate whipped cream frosting.


March 6, 2011. Cake, Pomegranate. 2 comments.


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.


January 25, 2011. Cake. Leave a comment.

Chocolate peanut butter cake…meh.

Recipe: A chocolate sour cream cake with a peanut butter icing, covered with a chocolate-peanut butter glaze.

Sooooo it’s Sunday. And it’s been a bizarre weekend. Solution? Peanut butter and chocolate. Always. Always the solution to bizarre and not-quite-as-great-as-it-could’ve-been weekend is peanut butter and chocolate. Fortunately, I recently stumbled upon a recipe for a cake with just those ingredients! I was wary, however, given that the recipe came with a warning that the cake was quite rich. I also recently had a chocolate peanut butter cupcake that was so rich it made me feel sick, so that also made me wary. But it’s peanut¬† butter and chocolate so I realllllly wanted to try it. Because everything with those two ingredients should at least be given a shot.


November 7, 2010. Cake, Chocolate, Peanut Butter. Leave a comment.

Rice Pudding Cake with Cherry-Nectarine Compote… Those Italians really know what they’re doing!

Recipe: A cake made of risotto with almond and apricots, topped with a homemade cherry-nectarine compote.

So I went with another random one this week – rice pudding cake… (why have CHOCOLATE cake when you can have RICE cake??…) It turned out to be a pretty awesome recipe though and I would DEFINITELY make it again! What for I’m not sure… but I’m sure there’s some occasion that calls for an Italian rice cake… (…Columbus Day? He was Italian so surely¬† he had rice cakes growing up…)


July 19, 2010. Cake, Compote. 1 comment.

Yeasted Sugar Cake (or, let’s try something new and different)

Recipe: A sweet, yeasted cake with a brown-sugar crusty top.

I have absolutely no idea what to expect from this cake. I decided this week I wanted to try something different than anything else I had ever done, and this one definitely fits the bill. Although I have to say, I have no idea how this is a cake, because so far the recipe sounds just like a loaf of bread. Yeast? Check. Sugar? Check. Flour? Check. Rising? Check. I have nothing to suggest – maybe I can provide more insight after I’ve tasted it, but right now your guess is as good as mine!


July 13, 2010. Cake. 1 comment.

Blueberry Cornmeal Cake: Blueberries = happiness; will this cake also = happiness? We’ll see.

Recipe: A cornmeal cake that uses ricotta cheese, among other things, to create a unique texture, topped off with fresh blueberries.

After perusing my Bon Appetit magazines from months past, I chose a Blueberry Cornmeal Cake for tomorrow’s “meeting”. The recipe was included in the magazine due to a request from a reader who frequents the Huckleberry Bakery & Cake in Santa Monica, CA, which makes such a cake. Now, brace yourself, because I’m about to go on another ohmygoshIlovethesefoods rant.


May 31, 2010. Blueberries, Cake. 1 comment.