Previous Bakes

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(Espresso glazed vanilla cake layered with tiramisù filling covered with a sublime espresso mascarpone frosting dusted with cocoa powder and chocolate shavings). Italian restaurants and tiramisu are probably most of our first forays into exploring other cultures through cuisine. And now one of my favorite things about traveling is trying ALL the foods especially the desserts of a locale and I love trying to recreate the magic of those moments in my own kitchen when I am back home. So tiramisù reminds me not only of some lovely nights in Italy but also of home and family. I remember being transfixed by the flavors of this dessert – I have always loved coffee and you really get the sense of how the name translates “pick me up” – yum! I also remember vividly wanting to create this dish at home and how my mom had to search everywhere to locate appropriate ladyfingers and the mascarpone cheese and how expensive they were (dating myself here for how exotic these ingredients were back then)! Even now mascarpone is still not that cheap but there is nothing that you can substitute to make this dish so no corners cut here. I wanted to create a cake version that paid homage to this dessert so it was finding the right cake base, then tweaking the filling I normally use in my tiramisù (made a zabaglione to cook the egg yolks) and as luck would have it, a friend sent me something to inspire this frosting…some taste testings to compare, a couple of trial runs and finally this cake was born. Something that ties my childhood to that late night in Rome…..and a different angle of my kitchen showcasing my fridge and magnets from some of the places I have been to.
Tiramisù Cake 9/28/2020
For my sweet niece’s birthday – Princess Harper requested a marble cake. I filled this one with a semi-sweet chocolate mousse and iced it in chocolate buttercream. There’s chocolate ganache and sprinkles and crowns because it needed to be as special and festive and colorful as she is…
Fit for a Princess 9/7/2020
The cake that started it all. And I think that I may have to offer this cake EVERY weekend because it is THAT popular. A simple zucchini Cake with cream cheese frosting and fruit but it is so much more. I couldn’t tell you when I first had this cake – it’s been a part of my life for so long now that it became something that I took for granted. There was this incredible bakery/coffee shop/deli/gourmet food store called the Market at Larimer Square that served this. Some of you are familiar with this place as one of my “I have to bring you here” places when you came to visit me in Colorado. Our family would order the whole sheet cake for special occasions and it was one of the few desserts that really crossed generations and cultures that we could serve and everyone would be happy. So when it closed, I set upon creating a version that would pay homage to their version and many, many test tastes and tweaks, I finally think I have one that does it justice. And now, I am amazed and humbled how often people order this to celebrate a birthday or anniversary!
Spring Fling Cake 8/28/2020
I lost someone very near and dear to me when we first started quarantine in the US and I do what I often do with stress – I bake. I made my favorite chocolate cake and decided to add one of my favorite things: a thick layer of chocolate ganache but I decided that life is about celebration – that he lived a good life as well and I was grateful that our lives were intertwined. So for the pop of color and to add height and to really make something worthy of his memory, I added strawberries and chocolate swirls. Every time I make this cake, I am reminded that life is about the connections that we make (and there have been some truly incredible people that have ordered this one) and should always be celebrated!
Strawberry Celebration Cake 9/5/2020
One of the first layer cakes that I ever made from scratch and still continues to be my favorite chocolate cake to this day. I create all my cakes with the same goal in mind: to not have them be overly sweet and to have a flavor profile that will really wow you. So I added in a decadent dark chocolate mousse filling in the middle to really make sure that your chocolate fix is taken care of. And I changed it recently from two layers to three so there’s more chocolate mousse frosted with chocolate buttercream with shaved chocolate curls on top.
My Favorite Chocolate Cake 9/12/2020
I have only recently started making marble cakes and upon request for a dear friend that couldn’t decide between vanilla and chocolate cake so the best of both worlds. This version has my chocolate mousse filling and is frosted with the chocolate buttercream – and I was amazed that I sold four of these on my first weekend!
Marble Cake with Black and White Rosettes 8/29/2020
Maybe my favorite thing I have done so far and for one of my faves. A smash cake for my niece – actually my first time doing these rosettes and making it multi-toned…I really loved how it turned out especially when I looked at this bouquet of roses I received a few weeks later and compared them. Plus these flowers were a “congratulations for selling so many cakes so soon but not surprised” so it was especially sweet and touching.
Ellie’s Smash Cake 8/22/2020