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4 Oct

Cake Decorating 101

4 Oct

Every needs to get the 101

The Cheese Log

Last night was my first cake decorating class.

Our instructor is a wonderful Greek lady named Mata. She’s a professional European pastry chef. One of the first things she said was that this class is not meant to be stressful. “You’re supposed to come here to relax.” Sweet.

The first  thing we learned was the proper technique for using the star tip.  We practiced on some sugar cookies.

It was pretty fun! I’ve never taking a culinary class before, and I’ve always wanted to. Working with icing and cookies, it wasn’t long before all my work stress evaporated.

My mom and I are taking it together. I’m a baker and she’s an artist, so perhaps together we could make some spectacular cakes. That is the goal, anyways. It was my mom’s idea for us to take the class, and I’m very glad she pushed for it. I would never have…

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Death by Chocolate Cupcakes

4 Oct

egg yolk days

When my cousin wanted chocolate cupcakes for his 9th birthday, I knew I had to make the best chocolate cupcakes ever. These chocolate cupcakes combine my favorite chocolate buttercream recipe with my new favorite, ultra simple chocolate cake recipe. I wanted to really make them over-the-top chocolaty so I filled them with chocolate pudding. He told me, “This is the best cupcake I’ve had in my life!” and I knew I did a job well done.

Ingredients
The cake
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

The frosting
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp table salt
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup melted semi-sweet chocolate, cooled

The filling

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French Toast with Spiced Pears

4 Oct

Bakerlady

I was given a big bag of pears from my mom last week from the bounty of her orchard. Ok, it’s not a real orchard, just a few trees in her yard. But my mom’s green thumb is absurd. She’s like the plant whisperer. There’s so much fruit on her trees, you’d think she had fruit fairies painting them on at night. What? Fruit fairies are totally a thing. When I returned home that day, I had more pears from my neighbor on my front step. She’s also a crazy awesome fruit and veggie magician. See? I don’t need to learn to garden…people just give me produce. It’s luxurious. None of the work and all the rewards! Since I kill every growing thing I touch, I need people like this in my life.

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The Feeling

4 Oct

When you get the feeling.

That everything is pushing you down.

The room is closing in around you.

That the world is all against you.

That their is no one out their for you.

Just look up at the stars and know.

That the twinkle in their smile is for you.

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