All posts tagged: baking

Detail on decoration for carrot cake by Marta Nava

Carrot Cake

If I remember correctly, I never shared with you the photos and recipe for the carrot cake I made a while ago. Today I’m going to right that wrong. Sean’s mum invited me for dinner at her place before Christmas. I had only been there once, and I had had a lot of fun in their company, and the dinner was amazing, so I couldn’t wait to visit her again. Since I didn’t want to arrive empty handed (especially since the previous time I had brought a bottle of wine that Sean and I had finished), I baked a carrot cake to bring it there. The only issue is that I want to share with all of you everything I bake, which means sometimes I bring cakes that have been already cut into, so I can have photos taken in the best lighting possible (I do realise sometimes the photos I take don’t have great lighting anyway, but you know what I mean). In any case, I brought the cake, and oh my, it was …

Detail of top of piñata cake

Wedding-ish cake

As you know, I’ve been focused on baking for the second half of last year, doing anything from cookies, to cakes, to trying out muffins (and failing). When I baked the Chocolate & Caramel Ombre Cake, one of my friends asked me to bake her wedding cake. Obviously, I assumed this to be a joke, and replied that I would bake her a cake to celebrate her recent union, but that I didn’t want the responsibility of baking the only cake for her wedding. I loved that she asked, and I am thankful for the honour, but I would have panicked and made a mess of it. I perform well under pressure, just not that well. For a while, I’ve been obsessed with Surprise Inside Cakes, which I first saw in i am baker, Amanda Rettke’s blog. I saw that she had a book about it, and I asked Santa for it this past Christmas. While Santa decided whether I had been a good girl this year, and whether I deserved my present, I decided …

Cookies

Online Cookie Exchange

For a while now, I’ve been seeing these cookie exchanges everywhere. I’ve never really known what they were about, it seems people bake cookies, and then give them to others. What says on the tin… Recently, I was invited to take part in an online cookie exchange, go figure! It came at about the same time I was wondering about how it all worked. The cookie exchange is done thanks to Patience Brewster, an artist that creates hand painted Christmas ornaments, as well as gifts for holiday and everyday decor. You can see their Facebook page here, where they’re showing some other recipes. I’ve been trying to bake cakes these days, and unfortunately, I almost forgot about this exchange! However, here I am, right at the last minute, taking part in the 2014 cookie exchange. The cookies I chose are a favourite from when I was a kid. They’re not Christmas cookies themselves, but I love them so much I decided to go with them. I found the recipe online, but I made a couple …

Baked shortbread cooling

Three steps to yummy

Today, I found out that I’m what they call a Millennial. I’ve seen the word in many blogs and articles, and I always thought it was related to the 20-somethings, or so, but it seems it’s anyone born in the early 80s as well. I’m a Millennial. Not that it has anything to do with anything, but it was sort of a discovery for me. The amount of articles I haven’t read, just because I thought weren’t aimed at me… Ah, you live, you learn. Anyway, sorry, I just needed to share that information with someone. Today, I also had a haircut. I’m still not sure whether I’m going to grow it again or not, so I’m trying to style it differently for now. So far, the only feedback I’ve had was my brother saying something along the lines of my hairdo being too styled (one of those things lost in translation, I guess), so I’m now left with the worry that it might actually not suit me. Luckily, it grows quickly, so in a …