Archive for February, 2011

Happy Birthday

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Anyone who knows me even a little knows that I LOVE birthdays. Given that food is such a big part of my life I try to share that with other people by making them things for their special day. This time around it was M’s mom. She loves coffee flavored desserts, this makes my life pretty easy as coffee is super simple to incorporate into dessert. I hadn’t decorated a cake just for fun in awhile so that’s what I decided to make for her, vanilla cake with coffee buttercream. 🙂

When I need an awesome, no fail, cake recipe I always turn to The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum, her cakes are so delicious and recipes easy to read and understand. I chose the All Occasion Downy Yellow Butter cake. Yes, that’s right butter cake, who could possibly turn that down? This isn’t a super light airy cake, it’s a slightly dense, full of buttery goodness, vanilla cake. Now for the frosting… I should add here that I am not a fan of frosting, it’s always too sweet, too grainy, too something… I have learned how to make a really simple butter cream that I like and everyone else always likes but it just seemed a little too simple for what I was trying to accomplish here. I wanted a rich frosting with a melt in your mouth texture that can only be accomplished by egg yolks and boiling sugar 🙂 Rose Beranbaum’s technique for Neo-classic buttercream makes the process really easy and allows for up for a 1/2 cup of liquid to be added!

I’ll spare you the rest of details as they aren’t all that interesting and just show you the finished product!

Cake

Cake

I’m really happy with how it turned out, M’s mom and the rest of his family ooo-ed and aahh-ed over it, which is always nice. I love making people smile with treats!

Been busy

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Last week really flew by, I made some new things at school. All of which I forgot to take pictures of. Oh well…

I did however take some pics of the surprise I picked out for my valentine.

His favorite!

Oysters

Switching focus

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

After some prompting from the boyfriend I’ve decided that I’m going to take up food blogging. I think it will be fun and fitting for me as I love food and cooking and baking but also, memories. For me that’s part of what food is all about. Boyfriend and I have a manila folder of recipes, every time we go through it it’s like strolling down memory lane, from the first meal he cooked for me, to birthday dinner and just random week night trial recipes and techniques, it’s all there. Each recipe represents a span of time we’ve spent cooking, eating and enjoying life together. Food is a pretty big part of my life and my relationship, I’m looking forward to having a space to document it all!

Coming up this week, Commercial Baking class, International Pastry class and a special Valentine surprise on Friday!