Friday, June 14, 2019

Pistachio Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream

Pistachio Coconut Cake, Coconut Cake, Pistachio Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Gold Cake Stand, Vintage SilverFor my husband's birthday recently, I decided to try a new cake recipe.  Risky, yes, to experiment with cake for a special day, without doing any test bakes ahead of time, but I was pretty confident that the cake would be great.  He's usually a chocolate and caramel kind of guy, but we have chocolate cake often, and I'd been wanting to do a pistachio cake for a while.  I thought the pistachio would be delicious paired with coconut.

The cake has a really tender crumb and a beautiful flavor, with cream cheese substituted for most of the butter, beaten with sugar until light and fluffy.  Both vanilla and coconut extracts.  I used cake flour, but I think all-purpose flour would work just fine as well.  Canned coconut milk provides more coconut flavor, of course, and the richness of it enhances the softness of the cake.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Mr. Darcy Pies

Pie, Pie Decorating Ideas, Mr. Darcy Quotes, Pride and Prejudice, Romantic QuotesI've had a love affair with classic fiction for as long as I can remember.  I grew up reading the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder in the Little House on the Prairie books and ran free with Heidi across the Swiss alps.  I wanted to be one of the March sisters in Little Women, and cried when Polly and Tom finally fell in love in An Old Fashioned Girl.  I dreamed and imagined and played along with Anne of Green Gables.  I had a pretty serious crush on Teddy in the Emily of New Moon series.

In junior high and high school, I watched every movie version there was of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.  And in college, with a Creative Writing degree and a minor in English Lit, I finally read through all of Jane Austen's novels, along with classic English books by so many other authors...

Monday, May 27, 2019

Buttermilk Birthday Cake

Buttermilk Birthday Cake, Buttermilk Cake Recipe, White Cake, White Velvet Cake, Sprinkle CakeThis buttermilk cake is the result of months of re-testing my White Velvet Cake recipe that I created last year.  That original recipe was really good already, but after a few changes, I made it so much better, and have since adjusted the recipe in that blog post, as well.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Game of Thrones Cake

Game of Thrones Cake, Westeros Map, Map Cake, Travel Cake, Crown Cake Topper, Wafer Paper Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Game of Thrones Party, Dire WolfWe're big fans of Game of Thrones in our house, and, yes, I even have one of those "Mother of Dragons" shirts.  As I write this, it's the night before the airing of the final episode, and we've been speculating all week over how the series is going to end.

Just for fun, I made a cake for the event...

Monday, May 13, 2019

Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart, Strawberry Pie, Strawberry Dessert Recipes, Summer Dessert RecipesThere are so many things to love about spring, not the least of which being the abundance of fresh berries available, and it's always so exciting bringing home that first container of beautiful red strawberries after a cold winter of satisfying my fruit cravings with mostly apples, oranges and pears.

This fresh strawberry tart is a lovely way to celebrate the start of strawberry season.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lemon Curd and Mini Tartlets

Lemon Curd, Lemon Dessert Recipes, Tartlet Recipe, Lemon Tart, Lemon PieOne of my first-ever blog posts, eight years ago, was for waffles topped with homemade lemon curd.  Looking back at that post, I can appreciate how much my photography skills have developed and improved since then, and I've been meaning to update my lemon curd recipe with new photos that are more appealing than the ones I shot in the window-less kitchen of the condo where my husband and I first lived together, and where this baking blog of mine began.

Lemon curd is a staple for bakers, and having a great homemade lemon-curd recipe on hand is essential.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Griffin's First Birthday

First Birthday, Rainbow Cake, Sprinkles Cake, Rainbow Party, Boy Birthday Ideas, Boy Smash CakeIt was a busier Easter weekend than usual for us, because it was our baby boy's first birthday!  I wanted his party to be colorful, fun and whimsical, so I went with a rainbows and sprinkles theme for the cakes and decorations, and I just love how everything looked when it all came together.

For a couple of months, I've been collecting a few decorations here and there as I found them, like the rainbow felt ball garland and happy birthday banner, which I found at Target, and those cute little wooden candy scoops I found on Amazon.  And we were able to reuse a few things from Phoenix's birthday party a year and a half ago.  But lots of items I already had on hand, such as the glass jars that I filled with candy, the vintage wooden blocks, and of course, my many, many cake stands.