Strawberry Pound Cake

A former acting teacher of mine once told me and my classmates that when we become parents we’ll realize that the world does not revolve around us. I didn’t believe him because I already didn’t think the world revolved around me. I was a grounded, and confident, and happy, and humble 20-something. I had figured life out. No, I did not think the world revolved around me. Then I became a mom in February of 2010, and all of that confidence went out the window. I watched this chubby, red-headed ball of a baby take away everything I hold dear– my freedom, my sleep, my schedule, and my desire to shower. I cried when the sun went down. My diary entries were replaced with feeding logs, and diaper happenings. I felt and looked like I had been hit by a truck. And I longed for my old life. But I had gone down a path I never knew existed. I found myself missing him after he had finally fallen asleep. I wanted him back in my arms immediately after I had handed him to a friend so that I could have a break. I would catch myself staring at him closely, and studying his long eyelashes, and the way his fingers moved, and the roundness of his mouth when he’d try to speak. All of it amazed me. I was in deep, and there was no going back. And that’s when I realized that the world didn’t revolve around me.

Happy Mother’s Day. I made you strawberry pound cake. Continue reading →

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My Vodka Martini

Well, I did it. I baked and decorated three cakes for my friend’s First Communion party. The backstory is that I’m not a skilled cake decorator by any means, and when I was hired by this same friend to bake a First Communion cake last year I handed her a freak show on a platter. I had to redeem myself, so for the past month and a half I was sequestered in Cake Land. I finally emerged from this lonely existence with a full beard, long fingernails, a harsh sensitivity to sun light, and some cake decorating skills under my belt. When all was said and done, and I dropped off the three cakes at the restaurant I breathed a long sigh of relief. Looking back I realize that I enjoyed every baking moment I spent with those cakes, and when it was time to decorate them they were ready and willing to put on their Sunday best. That night I celebrated by cleaning up my kitchen, and drinking the most fabulous vodka martini. Continue reading →

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Coconut Easter Egg Cake

My Put On Your Apron ‘Cause We’re Baking A Cake A Week project has been going great! I feel like I’m starting to get a hang of some basic cake decorating tricks. To date, I’ve made a chocolate marshmallow cake to practice leveling cake layers, and a vanilla Swiss buttercream cake to practice ruffle decorating. This week I focused on buttercream consistency, and a decorating technique called” scalloping”. After seeing Country Living’s coconut cake I was inspired, so in honor of the very glorious, “we’re out of the woods”, “everyone is happier” season that is known as spring, and the Easter holiday I’ve made you this delicious and lovely coconut Easter egg cake.  Continue reading →

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Vanilla Almond Cake With Swiss Meringue Vanilla Bean Buttercream

I love projects. I love to come up with a game plan and then commit to it. I also love giving my projects a title like Project Pastry Love. Some of the projects I’m currently working on are Clean Out A Cabinet, Why Don’t You?, and My Blood Pressure Is High- Is It Salt Or Stress? Investigate!, and The Kids Could Bathe More, Amiright?.  My latest project, Put On Your Apron ‘Cause We’re Baking A Cake A Week has recently begun. Last time I focused on leveling layers when I made the Chocolate Marshmallow Cake. This week I baked a vanilla/almond cake with Swiss meringue vanilla bean buttercream to focus on proper buttercream consistency with a sub plot on decorative piping. My life is exciting! Continue reading →

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